Opposition to Mandatory FAFSA for BOGW students

Fall
2002
Resolution Number: 
20.02
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
Students
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, The Board of Governors Waiver (BOGW) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) programs are two separate and distinct programs designed for different purposes;

Whereas, The length and complexity of the FAFSA document would serve as a barrier for many low-income students; and

Whereas, The "Guidelines for Colleges Desiring to Require a FAFSA" are in direct opposition to the mission of the California Community Colleges, which holds dear the principle of open access;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate work with the Chancellor's Office to oppose any proposed guidelines for making completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form mandatory for Board of Governors Waiver students. MSC Disposition: Board of Governors, Chancellor's Office, Local Senates

Status Report: 

The Chancellor's Office makes the point that completion of the form is optional and not a requirement for the waiver.