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California College Promise Grant (Formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver)

California Community Colleges

 2018-2019 California College Promise Grant Applications

The California College Promise Grant is a program that provides assistance to cover community college enrollment fees. To be eligible, you must be a California resident or  AB 540 eligible and must qualify under one of the following conditions:

2018-2019 California College Promise Grant Application - Last day to apply is August 16, 2019

2018-2019 California College Promise Grant Application (Spanish) - Last day to apply is August 16, 2019

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Types of California College Promise Grant Awards

California College Promise Grant A Award: Requirements
You or your parents must currently be receiving AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Social Security Income/State Supplementary Program) or General Assistance/General Relief, or you are a disabled veteran or a dependent of a deceased or disabled veteran as certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

California College Promise Grant B Award: Requirements
You meet the following income standards:

2018-2019 Income Standards for the California College Promise Grant

California College Promise Grant C Award: Requirements
You have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application and have "financial need."

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the California College Promise Grant

What does the Promise Grant cover?

It covers all enrollment fees. It does not cover the health fee, student activity fee, lab/materials fee, and/or parking. Also, the Promise Grant eligible students get a discount on the parking fee.

What semesters are covered?

The 2018-2019 application covers Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019.

You must reapply every year.

Can I apply if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, you can apply as long as you are determined to be either a California resident or an AB 540 student by the Admissions and Records Office.

If I add or drop classes, what happens to the Promise Grant?

The fee waiver will adjust for any changes in enrollment.

How long does it take to process the Promise Grant?

If you come in person, we can process it immediately. If you place it in the drop-box or fax it in, and it is completed correctly, it may take a few days.

When should I apply?

As soon as possible, preferably before you enroll in classes.

What application should I complete, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Promise Grant application?

You should complete the FAFSA online at to see if you are eligible for grants in addition to the Promise Grant. If you only want your fees waived, then complete the Promise Grant application. If you complete the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office will award you a Promise Grant if you are eligible.

If I paid for my classes already, will I get reimbursed if I apply for the Promise Grant?

Yes, you must apply for a refunds in the Admissions and Records Office.

When is the last day to apply for the Promise Grant using the Promise Grant application?

2018-2019 August 16, 2019


For further information please contact the Financial Aid office at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2397 or e-mail us at

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