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New standards applied to BOG Fee Waiver: Academic requirements may affect student eligibility

BOG_FeeCalifornia community college students who receive the Board of Governors Fee Waiver as of fall 2016 must meet new academic requirements to remain eligible for waiver of the current $46-per-unit enrollment fees.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete at least 50 percent of all courses successfully for two consecutive primary terms (fall/spring) to remain eligible, according to guidelines on the City College Financial Aid website.

The standards are being implemented to ensure accountability, according to Christine Hernandez, dean of Financial Aid and Student Services.

The goal of the added academic requirements is to keep students focused on their academic coursework and maintain their GPA, Hernandez said.

The BOG Fee Waiver completely covers the amount of enrollment fees for eligible community college students who are California residents, according to the California Community Colleges website.

Any combination of two consecutive terms in which a student’s GPA falls below 2.0 and/or cumulative course completion is less than 50 percent may result in loss of eligibility, according to the state guidelines.

A student will be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if he or she is placed on academic probation, according to Hernandez. That will make those students ineligible for the BOG waiver and other financial aid.

“Basically, it’s an increased accountability on students,” Hernandez said. “Previously [the only requirement] had been meeting specific financial criteria to become eligible.”

The financial criteria are still in place, but the new standards will add academic requirements to maintain eligibility for the fee waiver, Hernandez said.

“These decisions were made at a state level, and they received a lot of input from the public before they made their decision,” Hernandez said. “The focus is student completion.”

Some current City College students were not aware of the BOG Fee Waiver at all, but agreed that the new standards are fair and will prevent the fee waiver from being abused.

“I think it’s a good change. Students are supposed to have standards, so it’s not just getting things for free,” said Anasazi Torres, a second-year digital animation major.

Some students said the standards shouldn’t be a big concern and are very attainable, especially if students care about their futures.

“Why should they keep on paying registrations for students that are not taking their education seriously?” said Anthony Wormley, 55, a part-time student since 2010. “If you study and do your homework, come to class, you wouldn’t have a problem getting that done.”

Applying for the BOG Fee Waiver to cover enrollment fees is done annually and is separate from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which provides other financial aid such as grants and loans to students.

Deadlines for FAFSA can be found on the financial aid tab located on the City College website.

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