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Calif. Community Colleges Approve New Standards for Fee Waivers


The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Jan 14, 2014.

The California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors on Monday voted to approve a set of minimum academic standards that students will have to meet in order to receive a fee waiver. The fees are currently $46 per unit, and about 40 percent of the state’s 2.6 million community-college students have them waived.

The new policy will require students to maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average for two consecutive terms, and to complete at least half of their units with a grade of D or higher. The new rules will take effect in 2016.

“We will do everything in our power to help students on financial aid succeed,” said community colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris, “but students need to know that they have a responsibility to keep up their end of the bargain.”

Students must receive notice of their probationary status within 30 days of the end of the term and can appeal decisions if they have extenuating circumstances.

Students in foster care are exempt, and the board agreed to consider other exceptions.

As many as 41,791 students could lose fee waivers under the policy, although there is likely to be little effect on revenue, officials said.