State Aid Programs

California College Promise Grant

(formerly known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver)

IMPORTANT! During the 2016-2017 academic year, new academic standards were implemented for the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver. For more information about the policy changes please review the Fall 2016 BOG Fee Waiver Changes pamphlet. These policy changes can also be found on page 3 of our Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.

The California College Promise Grant is available to "waive" the costs of California enrollment fees. Effective Summer011, health and transit fees will not be paid by the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver). Supported by the California Community Colleges, the California College Promise Grant is available to all qualifying students, regardless of how many units they are carrying. Unlike other forms of financial aid, the California College Promise Grant is designed to be awarded immediately.

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application. It is important that you enter FRC's federal school code 008597 as this is how we receive your application. Students who file the FAFSA or Dream Application are automatically considered for the California College Promise Grant.

If you are unable to or do not desire to complete a FAFSA or DREAM application, you may apply for the California College Promise Grant by completing the 2018-19 paper application. When completing the paper application, you must provide applicable tax information and other applicable documentation as noted on the application.

Note: paper applications take a substantially longer time to process than applying by means of the FAFSA application or California Dream application.

Students qualify for the California College Promise Grant if they meet any of the following criteria:

  1. The student has completed the FAFSA or Dream Application, and received a current Student Aid Report (SAR), which documents eligibility. Even if the student is not eligible for federal financial aid, the student may still qualify for the California College Promise Grant. 
  2. If you are a student pursuing our new bachelor’s degree program you must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act application in lieu of completing the California College Promise Grant application.
  3. The student (or student's family) is receiving TANF/AFDC, SSI or General Assistance. Documentation needed: Verification that the student (or student's family) is a current recipient of TANF/AFDC, SSI, or General Assistance.
  4. The student meets specific income standards: 2018-19
  5. The student is the dependent of a deceased or disabled Veteran and does not exceed income levels required. This fee waiver is available through the local veterans affairs office.
  6. You are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or as a child of a recipient, or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.
  7. Students who are eligible for the California College Promise Grant may also be eligible for other forms of financial aid such as Cal Grants, Scholarships, Pell Grant, Work Study employment, and other state and federal grant and loan programs. These programs are all designed to help students meet educational costs such as tuition/fees, books and supplies, transportation, and living expenses.

Cal Grant

Cal Grants are California state-funded grants that may be applied toward meeting educational expenses at California colleges. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or students who qualify as AB540 may complete the Dream Application. Your application must be submitted by the state deadline (March 2) to be considered for the grant. If you miss the March 2 deadline they have a second deadline of September 2. More detailed information about Cal Grant can be found here.

Important! Starting with the 2017/18 academic year, students must create a Web Grants account (https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp) and claim their award. If a student does not claim their award and the school doesn't either, the student will not show up on the schools roster to aware for the 2017/18 award year.

Student Success Completion Grant

The Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) is a financial aid program for Cal Grant B and C recipients attending a California Community College full-time (12 units or more).  On top of the Cal Grant B or C award paid at community colleges, the Student Success Completion Grant pays full-time Cal Grant B or C recipients a maximum of $1,298 annually at $649 per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 12 through 14.99 units per term and a maximum of $4,000 annually at $2,000 per semester for eligible students who enroll and attend 15 units or more per term.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a Cal Grant B or C recipient that received a full-time Cal Grant payment
  • Must be enrolled full-time (12 units or more)
  • Must be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Must have unmet need to receive the SSCG

The purpose of the SSCG grant is to provide students with additional financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance, and to encourage full-time attendance and successful on-time completion.

For more information about eligibility, award payment and example scenarios please review the Student Success Completion Grant (SSCG) Flowchart.

Student Fact Sheet

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1. QUESTION: WHAT IS THE STUDENT SUCCESS COMPLETION GRANT?

Answer: The purpose of the SSCG grant award is to provide the student with additional financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance, and to encourage full time attendance and successful on-time completion.

2. QUESTION: HOW MUCH IS THE AWARD?

Answer: 

  • A maximum of $1,298 annually at six hundred forty-nine dollars ($649) per semester, or quarterly equivalent, for eligible students who enroll and attend 12 through14.99 units per term
  • A maximum of $4,000 annually at two thousand dollars ($2,000) per semester, or quarterly equivalent, for eligible students who enroll and attend 15 units per term

Total grant amount is up to the amount of unmet need.

3. QUESTION: HOW DOES THE STUDENT QUALIFY FOR THE SSCG AWARD?

Answer: 

  • The student must be receiving a Cal Grant B or C award 
  • The student must maintain federal satisfactory academic progress at the college

4. QUESTION: MUST THE STUDENT HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PLAN (SEP) TO RECEIVE THE AWARD? 

Answer: No; however, it is the intent of the law for students to have a SEP on file. If you have questions about your SEP, contact an academic counselor. 

5. QUESTION: HOW DOES THE STUDENT MAINTAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SSCG?

Answer: To qualify for the SSCG: 

  • Be eligible for a Cal Grant B or C award
  • Meet federal satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Have unmet need to receive the SSCG
  • Maintain full time attendance

Student Fact Sheet

Print Student Fact Sheet

1. QUESTION: WHAT IS THE STUDENT SUCCESS COMPLETION GRANT?

Answer: The purpose of the SSCG grant award is to provide the student with additional financial aid to help offset the total cost of community college attendance, and to encourage full time attendance and successful on-time completion.

2. QUESTION: HOW MUCH IS THE AWARD?

Answer: 

  • A maximum of $1,298 annually at six hundred forty-nine dollars ($649) per semester, or quarterly equivalent, for eligible students who enroll and attend 12 through14.99 units per term
  • A maximum of $4,000 annually at two thousand dollars ($2,000) per semester, or quarterly equivalent, for eligible students who enroll and attend 15 units per term

Total grant amount is up to the amount of unmet need.

3. QUESTION: HOW DOES THE STUDENT QUALIFY FOR THE SSCG AWARD?

Answer: 

  • The student must be receiving a Cal Grant B or C award 
  • The student must maintain federal satisfactory academic progress at the college

4. QUESTION: MUST THE STUDENT HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PLAN (SEP) TO RECEIVE THE AWARD? 

Answer: No; however, it is the intent of the law for students to have a SEP on file. If you have questions about your SEP, contact an academic counselor. 

5. QUESTION: HOW DOES THE STUDENT MAINTAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SSCG?

Answer: To qualify for the SSCG: 

  • Be eligible for a Cal Grant B or C award
  • Meet federal satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
  • Have unmet need to receive the SSCG
  • Maintain full time attendance

Chafee Grant / Education & Training Voucher (ETV)

The California Chafee Grant Program provides funding to current or former foster youth who have not reached the age of 22 as of July 1 of the award year to use for career and technical training or college courses. The Chafee Grant Program, also known as the Education and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally funded program and is subject to the availability of federal funds each year. More information on the Chafee Grant can be found here.

WebGrants 4 Students

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has created WebGrants 4 Students (WGS) just for you, the student.

The goal is to provide you with the resources, information and tools needed to assist you with the college financial aid process. WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s) online by letting you view updates, make school changes, make address changes, make corrections, and post leave of absence requests.

It is important for you to understand that your WGS account does not replace your School or FAFSA accounts. Each account must be monitored and managed independently.

Important Note! Starting with the 2017/18 academic year students must create a Web Grants account (https://mygrantinfo.csac.ca.gov/logon.asp) and claim their award. If a student doesn’t claim their award and the school doesn’t either, the student will not show up on the schools roster to award for the 2017/18 award year.

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