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California College Promise Grant

Formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver. The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) is a form of California State Aid that waives the enrollment fee ($46 per unit) for eligible California residents or AB540 eligible students. Students must complete the FAFSA for the current aid year to determine CCPG eligibility. 

Important program changes effective fall 2016:

In an effort to help students succeed in the California Community Colleges, the Student Success Act of 2012 (California Senate Bill 1456) was signed into law by Governor Brown. Among other aspects, the Act included the creation of minimum academic and progress standards that must be met for continued eligibility for the California College Promise Grant. These are different and separate standards from those for student Federal Aid, Cal Grant, and enrollment priority. 

Loss of the California College Promise Grant will occur if a student has two consecutive primary terms (Fall and Spring) of not meeting cumulate Academic (2.0 GPA or above) or Progress standards (more than 50% Completion Rate).


Students will be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if loss of CCPG occurs. Notification will include the information that a secondary primary term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility. Loss of eligibility shall become effective at the first registration opportunity. First registration opportunity is student specific, not college specific. 

Exemptions to the important program changes:

  • These standards do not apply to foster youth (24 years and younger)
  • Eligibility to receive support services is not affected
  • Exemption is extended to enrollment priority
  • The 100 total degree-applicate completed unit cap does not apply to the California College Promise Grant

Exemptions to the important program changes/Special Categories:

Students awarded the CCPG under a special category are not subject to the loss of fee waiver under the new regulations:

  • Dependents of California National Guard members
  • Dependents of veterans
  • Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and their dependents
  • Surviving dependents of the September 11, 2001 attacks
  • Dependents of law enforcement or fire suppression personnel

Term Exemption: Summer

  • Summer Terms are not considered Primary Terms. Changes to academic standing based on Summer Term are only positive. For instance, if a student is on probation level 1 but after Summer is back to Good standing, the change is made. If a student on probation level 1 after Spring takes classes for Summer and does poorly, this will not result in probation level 2.
  • Once a 2-term probation has been determined, the student loses eligibility for the CCPG Fee Waiver for all terms including Summer – not just primary terms, Fall and Spring


Students will be able to appeal the loss of the California College Promise Grant based upon the following verifiable circumstances:

  • Extenuating circumstances – cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond a student's control.
  • A change in a student's economic situation.
  • Evidence that a student was unable to obtain essential support services.
  • Special consideration of factors for CalWORKs, EOPS, DSPS, and veteran students.
  • Students with disabilities who applied for but did not receive accommodation in a timely manner.
  • Significant academic improvement.
  • Successful appeal for enrollment priority extends to the fee waiver.

To appeal students must complete the Loss of Priority Registration and/or California College Promise Grant Appeal form. Students will be notified by email if their CCPG/Enrollment Priority Appeal has been approved and have their CCPG and/or Priority Enrollment reinstated. (Note: The Academic Exceptions Committee's decision is final and cannot be overturned)


Appeal Deadlines


Priority Registration



2nd Thursday in June

Last Thursday in November


2nd Thursday in October

Last Thursday in April


2nd Thursday in April

Last Thursday in June



  • Got CCPG? Don't Lose It!
  • If you feel that you may be at risk of losing your California College Promise Grant, please contact your Counselor. There are programs available to help you succeed, like tutoring, EOPS, ACCESS, Student Success, etc.
  • Once you have qualified for the California College Promise Grant it is important to maintain Academic and Progress standards to avoid losing the CCPG.