California Promise Grant

For eligible California residents, the California Community College system offers a fee waiver program known as the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver or BOGW). The program may waive the enrollment fees for an eligible student. 

Students who completed a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application can be considered for a California College Promise Grant and do not have to complete a separate paper California College Promise Grant Form. 

To qualify for a California College Promise Grant (formerly known as BOGW fee waiver), you must:

1. Be classified as a resident of California, according to the Hartnell College Admissions & Records Office.

2. Meet the income criteria below.  

2022-2023* Income Criteria for CA Promise Grant Application Type B
Family Size 2020 Base Year Income
1 $19,320
2 $26,130
3 $32,940
4 $39,750
5 $46,560
6 $53,370
7 $60,180
8 $66,990
Each Additional Family Member $6,810

*2022-23 CA Promise Grant applies to the Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 semesters.

Students meeting one of the criteria below may also be awarded a California College Promise Grant. Students meeting these criteria must submit supporting documentation with their California College Promise Grant Form. 

  • Receiving monthly cash assistance from TANF/CalWORKs, SSI/SSP or General Assistance (or as a dependent student whose parent(s) receive this assistance) as their only source of income.
  • Have certification from the CA Department of Veterans Affairs showing eligibility for a dependent's fee waiver. 
  • Have certification from the National Guard Adjutant General showing eligibility for a dependent's fee waiver.
  • Are a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor or a child of a recipient.
  • Are a dependent of a victim of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
  • Are a dependent of a deceased law enforcement/fire suppression personnel killed in the line of duty.
  • Are a person exonerated of crimes through a writ of habeas corpus or absolute pardon.


California Promise Grant Applications (Type B)

2022-2023 CA Promise Grant - English

2022-2023 CA Promise Grant - Spanish

2022-2023 CA Promise Grant Income Standards

Maintaining Fee Waiver Eligibility

Once you’ve qualified for the California Promise Grant, it is important to maintain academic and progress standards in order to avoid losing the fee waiver. 

Academic – Sustain a GPA of 2.0 or higher

If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 for two (2) consecutive primary terms (fall and spring semesters are primary terms at Hartnell College) you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Progress – Complete more than 50% of your coursework

If the cumulative number of courses you successfully complete falls below 50% in two (2) consecutive primary terms (fall and spring semesters are primary terms at Hartnell College) you may lose your fee waiver eligibility.

Combination of Academic and Progress Standards

Any combination of two consecutive terms of cumulative GPA below 2.0 and/or cumulative course completion less than 50% may result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.

You will be notified within 30 days of the end of each term if you are being placed on either Academic (GPA) and/or Progress (Course Completion) probation.  Your notification will include the information that a second term of probation will result in loss of fee waiver eligibility.  After the second consecutive term of probation, you may lose eligibility for the fee waiver at your next registration opportunity.

Loss of CA Promise Grant Waiver: 

Please be aware a student that continues on a second consecutive term (fall/spring semesters) on academic or progress probation will result in the loss of the BOGW Fee Waiver.

Students on Level 1 Probation are not affected by this policy but students on probation beyond Level 1 will lose the above two services.  

Have you lost your fee waiver eligibility due to failing to meet academic standards? 

If you have lost your eligibility for the fee waiver, you may complete the Loss of Enrollment Priority and/or CCPG Fee Waiver Appeal process. 

All Appeal forms and documentation must be received by Admissions & Records/Financial Aid Department by the established College deadline. Planning ahead is very important!

Please note that the requirements to continue receiving California College Promise Grant are similar to the SAP requirements at Hartnell. For more information on the SAP Policy click here.



Do you have questions about the Salinas Valley Promise Grant? Please see the Salinas Valley Promise page for more information on how to apply. 

Who To Contact

  • Financial Aid Office
    Phone: 831-755-6806
    Building: B - Student Services
    Office: Financial Aid Department
    B - Student Services