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Student Eligibility: Board of Governors Fee Waiver. Subchapter 7. Student Financial Aid   

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To be eligible for a Board of Governors Fee Waiver, a student must:

(a) Be a California resident; so long as a person qualifies for a military statutorily required exception to residence determination pursuant to Education Code section 68074, 68075, or section 68075.5, or is statutorily required to be exempted from paying nonresident tuition pursuant to Education Code section 68130.5, he or she shall be deemed a California resident for purposes of this section; and

(b) Meet one of the following criteria:

(1) Income Standards.

(A) Be a single and independent student having no other dependents and whose total income in the prior year was equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for a family of one; or be a married, independent student, or an independent student in a registered domestic partnership (RDP), having no dependents other than a spouse, whose total income of both student and spouse or RDP in the prior year was equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for a family of two.

(B) Be a student who is dependent in a family having a total income in the prior year equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for a family of that size, not including the student's income, but including the student in the family size.

(C) Provide documentation of taxable or untaxed income.

(D) Be a student who is married, in a registered domestic partnership, or a single head of household in a family having a total income in the prior year equal to or less than 150% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for a family of that size.

(E) Be an independent student whose Estimated Family Contribution as determined by federal methodology is equal to zero or a dependent student for whom the parent portion of the Estimated Family Contribution as determined by federal methodology is equal to or less than zero.

(F) For purposes of this subdivision, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines used each year shall be the most recently published guidelines immediately preceding the academic year for which a fee waiver is requested.

(2) Current recipient of benefits described in Education Code section 76300(g).

(A) At the time of enrollment be a recipient of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. A dependent student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are recipients of TANF shall be eligible if the TANF program grant includes a grant for the student or if the TANF grant is the sole source of income for the parent or guardian.

(B) At the time of enrollment be a recipient of benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. A dependent student whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are recipients of SSI shall be eligible if the SSI program grant is the sole source of income for the parent(s) or guardian(s).

(C) At the time of enrollment be a recipient of benefits under the General Assistance program.

(D) Provide documentation that the student if a recipient of benefits under one of the programs identified in Education Code section 76300(g) and (h) at the time of enrollment. Documentation sufficient to meet the requirements of this subdivision shall provide official evidence of these benefits.

(3) Need-Based Financial Aid Eligibility. Any student who has been determined financially eligible for federal and/or state needed-based financial aid.

Authority cited:

Education Code 66700

Education Code 68044

Education Code 70901

Education Code 76300

Education Code 76300.5

Reference:

Education Code 68074

Education Code 68075

Education Code 76300(g) and (h)

20 U.S.C. 1070(a)

34 C.F.R. 674.12

(Amended by Register 2015, No. 8.)