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