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Email: mcfa@wvm.edu
Phone: 408-855-5065
Fax:     408-855-5546
Location: Main Building E1-401

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Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW)

The Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) is funded by the State of California to waive the amount of enrollment fees and a portion of the parking permit charged to eligible California residents.  Recipient must be a California resident for at least one year and one day prior to the first day of each semester, and must reapply prior to the Summer Session of each academic year. The Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW) application is now available for the current academic school year, which includes the Summer Session through the Spring Semester session. The Board of Governors Fee Waiver offers three ways for students to qualify:

BOG-A
Qualified applicants (or parents, if applicant is dependent) must be currently receiving Temporary Aid For Needy Families (TANF), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or General Assistance/General Relief through the county social services department or have certification from the California Department of Veterans' Affairs ^.  Supporting documentation must be provided.  To apply, complete the Board of Governors Fees Waiver (BOGW) Forms


BOG-B
Qualified applicants (and parents, if applicant is dependent) do not exceed the State-designated income standards. To apply, complete the Board of Governors Fees Waiver (BOGW) Forms

BOG-C
Qualified applicants filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application, listing West Valley College, and have financial need.

Important Notice-New state regulations begin FALL 2016:     

  • ALL Community Colleges in the state are required to inform students HOW to maximize their BOGW eligibility and maintain PRIORITY ENROLLMENT status.
  • It is the responsibility of every community college in the state to effectively communicate the ACADEMIC and PROGRESS standards to enrolled students in order to AVOID the possibility of losing BOGW eligibility.  
  • BEGINNING FALL 2016, under new state regulations, students will LOSE eligibility for the BOGW if:
    • They are on probation for NOT maintaining a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) for two (2) consecutive PRIMARY terms.  
    • They have NOT successfully completed half (50%) or more of the units attempted in two (2) consecutive PRIMARY terms.
    • Only Foster Youth are exempt from this policy.
    • PRIMARY terms are FALL and SPRING terms at semester-based schools.
    • Students that are determined INELIGIBLE are also able to regain eligibility or be reinstated by meeting one (1) of the standards below:
      • Improve GPA and/or COURSE COMPLETION measures to meet the ACADEMIC and PROGRESS standards.
      • Successful appeal regarding extenuating circumstances.
      • Not attending his/her community college district for two (2) consecutive PRIMARY terms.
  • Go to Mission College Student Services to see a list of available support services.

2016-2017 Board of Governors Fee Waiver English
2016-2017 Board of Governors Fee Waiver Spanish

Income standards for the 2016-2017 school year (2015 income)*

Board of Governors Fee Waiver Program BOGFW-B 2016-2017 Income Standards*
Family Size2015 Income
1 $17,655.00
2 $23,895.00
3 $30,135.00
4 $36,375.00
5 $42,615.00
6 $48,855.00
7 $55,095.00
8 $61,335.00
Each Additional Family Member $6,240

* These standards are based upon the federal poverty guidelines, as published each year by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Under Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the student or student’s family must have a total income in the prior year (in this case, 2015) that is equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines based on family size.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the 2015 Poverty Guidelines in January 2015 (additional information will be posted after the guidelines are published).
These income standards are for the 2016-2017 academic year and are to be used to determine BOGFW-B eligibility EFFECTIVE July 1, 2016.

Dream Act Eligibility

AB 540 students may include undocumented students, students who are US citizens but who are not CA residents, and dependent students whose parents are not CA residents. AB 540 students are those who: • Have attended a CA high school for at least three years or graduated early from a CA high school with the equivalent of three or more years of credit*, AND • Graduated from a CA high school, or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE), or obtained a Certificate of General Education Development (GED), AND • Enrolled in an accredited and qualifying CA college or university, AND • If applicable, complete(d) an affidavit to legalize immigration status as soon as you are eligible. *If you graduated early from high school under this provision, you must also have attended CA schools (elementary and secondary) for a cumulative total of three or more years.

Federal Programs

To apply for the following federal programs use the FAFSA for the Fall, Spring and Summer.

Federal Pell Grant

A federally funded grant of up to $5,645 per year awarded to qualified undergraduate students.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

A federally funded grant allocated to Mission College for disbursement to qualified students. The average award is $500 per academic year until the grant funds are expended.

Federal Work Study (FWS)

A federally funded program that helps pay the wages for qualified students in on- and off-campus part-time jobs. At this time, the wage at Mission College is $9.75 - $12.75 per hour. www.smarthires.com

Federal Student Loans

Loans are funds that are available to help students meet their educational costs. Loans, along with any interest that is accrued over time, MUST be repaid. A supplemental loan request is available through the student portal and in the Financial Aid Office after July 1 for the coming year.

Federal Chafee Grant

This is a federally-funded program that offers up to $ 5,000 to current or former foster youth to use for college courses or vocational training. To qualify, you must be eligible, or have been eligible, for foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday and must apply for the Chafee Grant before your 22nd birthday.

Eligible foster youths may apply at https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/.

Also, eligible foster youths may apply at http://www.svcf.org/ for an opportunity to receive more free money via the Youth Education Scholarship.

State Programs

To apply for the following state programs, use the FAFSA for the  school year starting in the Fall.  Or California Dream Act application (if applicable) at: http://www.caldreamact.org

Cal Grant B

A state funded award for living expenses and certain other costs for qualified very low-income students who are California residents. The average full time award is $824 per semester ($1,648 per academic year). To apply, use the FAFSA or Cal DreamAct application.

Cal Grant C

A state funded award for training costs (tools, books and equipment) for qualified low- and middle-income students who are California residents enrolled in vocational training programs. The average full time award is $273 per semester ($547 per academic year). To apply, use the FAFSA or Cal DreamAct application.

Click on the link to download the Cal Grant GPA Veritication Form: http://www.csac.ca.gov/pubs/forms/grnt_frm/200910CalGrantGPAVerificationForm.pdf

Click on the link to WebGrants 4 students:

http://www.csac.ca.gov/secured/specialalerts/sa.asp
Other
Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOP&S)

A state funded award for qualified low-income, educationally disadvantaged students who are California residents. Ask for information in the EOP&S Office (Main Building E1-403) or call 408-855-5055.

Mission College Scholarships

Mission College offers a variety of scholarships ranging from $50 to several thousand dollars per year. Eligibility may vary based on fields of study, community and/or college involvement, and /or financial need. All continuing Mission College students and new students, including graduating high school students, may apply click on Scholarship application at the top of the page.