About the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) formally known as the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver 

In support of AB1741: California College Promise Innovation Grant Program, the online BOG Fee Waiver Application is changing its name to the California College Promise Grant Application (CCPG)

Students who receive a California College Promise Grant will automatically be exempt from the health fee.

Students who depend exclusively upon prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization will be exempted from paying the health services fee. Please go to the SMCCCD Student Forms link to find the Extenuating Circumstance(s) Form and return the complete form to Admissions and Records.

Part-time and full-time students may qualify for the CCPG (see eligibility requirements below). The CCPG fee waiver will waive enrollment fees for the academic year. Other fees, such as parking, textbooks, student body and student representation fees will not be covered by the CCPG. 

Recent eligibility regulations went into effect as of the fall 2016 semester requiring all California Community College students to meet minimum academic and progress standards and maintain eligibility for the CCPG (SB 1456 Student Success Act of 2012).  

Student Must:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (Academic Standard)
  • Successfully complete more than 50% of all units attempted (Progress Standard)

Students placed on academic and/or progress probation for two consecutive primary terms (fall or spring semester) will lose eligibility for the CCPG. If students meet one of the extenuating circumstances, they may regain eligibility by completing the appeal form  . Students will be required to submit a completed appeal form with a narrative of their situation, supporting documentation and a updated student education plan. Please review the fee waiver policy here.

Students are encouraged to utilize the numerous support services on campus to help them regain good academic standing. Please watch this video for more information.

Arrangements for application assistance should be made prior to registration to avoid being dropped from classes for non-payment. The CCPG application is available online through WebSMART


The California College Promise Grant for Homeless Youth

As of January 1, 2017, AB 801: The Success of Homeless Youth Act, adds “homeless youth” as an eligible group of students for a few waiver.  A “homeless youth” under this section is a student un­der 25 years of age, who has been verified at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding their application for admission as a homeless youth, as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 

A student who is verified as a homeless youth as defined above will retain that status for up to six years or until the age of 25. For more information and assistance, homeless youth should contact Regina Morrison, located in the Financial Aid department at 650-738-4350 or Michelle Batista located in the Student Services at 650-738-7926. 

If a student is awarded the CCPG fee waiver and is determined at a later date to have been ineligible or fail to turn in required documents, the fee waiver will be automatically cancelled and the fees will be reassessed to the student's account.

If a student received a Bachelors Degree or higher, federal financial aid may be limited. Student may qualify for the CCPG fee waiver.

For more information regarding the California College Promise Grant please click here.

How do I apply for the California College Promise Grant fee waiver?

Option 1

  1. U.S. Citizens and Permanent Legal Residents: Submit the FAFSA application to see if you are eligible for the fee waiver.
  2. AB540 Students: Submit a CA Dream Act Application.
  3. If students have already submitted a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, they do not need to apply for the CCPG on WebSMART. Submitting a FAFSA/Dream Act application will override the CCPG application on WebSMART.

Option 2

  1. Apply for the CCPG Fee Waiver through WebSMART.
  2. WebSMART account will be updated with the CCPG eligibility within the next 24 hours.
  3. Check WebSMART to verify student's eligibility and to see if any documents are required. 
  4. Students have 21 days from the date they have submitted their application to submit any required documents to the financial aid office.

Who is eligible for the California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver?

Eligibility Method A

  • Be a California Resident
  • Receive TANF/CalWORKS or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program) or General Assistance/General Relief while enrolled
  • Sign an application under penalty of perjury that he/she is a program recipient and provide documentation such as an Aid Verification Summary (TANF), copy of a Benefits Letter from the Social Security Administration Office (SSI), or photocopy of the most recent public assistance check (General Assistance)

Eligibility Method B

Eligibility Method C

  • Be a California Resident
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and list the Skyline College Federal School Code: 007713
  • Students will receive a confirmation that their FAFSA application was processed by the Department of Education within three days after submitting the application
  • Students qualify based on at least $1,104 of need based on the FAFSA or Dream Application. Note: For EOPS students, students are required to be eligible for A or B methods or have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 to receive their services.

Eligibility Method D

  • Be under 25 years of age
  • Verified with Financial Aid at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding their CCCApply application for admissions as homeless youth, as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

Special Classification

  • Be a California Resident
  • Have certification from the California Department of Veterans Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General that you are eligible for a dependent's fee waiver
  • Have a certification from the Department of Veterans Affairs or the CA Victim Compensation and government Claims Board that you are eligible as a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor as a child of a recipient or a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
  • Have documentation that you are eligible as a dependent of a deceased law enforcement / fire suppression personnel killed in line of duty

The California College Promise Grant - Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care Program

Students accepted into the Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care program at Skyline College will pay $130.00 per unit for upper division coursework. If eligible for the CCPG fee waiver, $46.00 per unit of lower division courses will be waived. Eligibility for the CCPG can only be determined by completing a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application.