Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW)

The State of California offers a BOGFW for students who are residents of the State of California and who are eligible for need-based financial aid. The BOGFW pays your enrollment fee for the academic year once eligibility has been determined. Other fees, such as the health, materials, parking, student body, and student representation fees must be paid by you.

It is strongly recommended that you complete the FAFSA or Dream Application for the BOGFW program to see if you are eligible for additional financial assistance. BOGFW-only applications are available on-line through WebSMART. You must be admitted to Cañada College before you can access WebSMART. Eligibility for a BOGFW may be determined under less strict dependency criteria than federal funding requires (example: a 19 year old student who is unmarried and does not support anyone may be considered independent for the BOGFW if s/he was not claimed on the parent’s federal income tax during the previous year and no longer lives with a parent).

There are four types of BOGFW:

BOGFW-A:  If you are independent, to be eligible you must be currently receiving TANF, CALWORKS, General Assistance, or SSI/SSP, or if you are dependent, your parent(s)must be currently receiving any of these types of assistance.

BOGFW-B: To be eligible you must meet the State defined Income Limits OR have a "0" EFC on your Student Aid Report. The 2017-18 income standards listed below are based on income for the 2015 tax year. If you are independent, use your income (and spouse’s) only from 2015. If you are dependent, use your parents' income only from 2015:

Family Size

Total 2015 Income


$17,820 or less


$24,030 or less


$30,240 or less


$36,450 or less


$42,660 or less


$48,870  or less


$55,095 or less


$61,335 or less






**Add $6,240 for each additional dependent.

BOGFW-C: Qualify based on at least $1,104 of need based on the FAFSA or Dream Application.
Note: EOP&S require either BOGFW A or B eligibility or an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 to receive their services.

BOGFW – Special Classification

If you meet any of the following criteria, you may be eligible for a fee waiver under the Special Classification guidelines. Certification is provided by various agencies. Please contact the Cañada College Financial Aid Office for assistance.

  • Eligible dependent of deceased or disabled veteran
  • Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or dependent
  • Dependent of California National Guard
  • Dependent of victim of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
  • Dependent of deceased California law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty

Apply for the on-line Board of Governors Fee-Waiver (WebSMART >> Apply for a Fee Waiver)