Fees and Financial Aid

Santa Barbara City College is committed to making college attainable for your student. We offer several types of financial aid which are funded through federal, state and local agencies and the college itself.
In today's uncertain economy, we recommend that you apply for financial aid even if you don't anticipate the need for assistance.

The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

You can listen and learn more about Financial Aid at Financial Aid TV and explore the range of scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans available at the Financial Aid Office.

All students, resident and non-residents must pay an enrollment fee of $46.00 per unit with no maximum amount. If you are a California resident and you need help paying the enrollment fee, you may qualify for the Board of Governors Grant Waiver (BOGW). Apply in the Financial Aid Office (SS-210) before enrolling classes.

SBCC does not send bills.  It is the student's responsibility to manage their accounts through the Pipeline student portal.  It is also the student's responsibility to drop their classes by the stated deadlines. Nonpayment of fees may result in having a hold placed on your account, inability to order transcripts and potentially have your debt reported to a Third Party Collections Agency.


Mandatory Fees*  
 Enrollment Fee (All Students)  $46 / unit
 Out of State Tuition  $285 / unit
 International Tuition*    $285 / unit
 Health Fee  $20
 Transportation Fee
  Enrolled in 6 or more units  $32
  Enrolled in less than 6 units  $31
 Student Activity Pass *  $5
 Student Representation Fee*  $1
Special Fees
  Some courses have Special Fees; see Class Schedule
Optional Fees
 Parking Permit* (Online Order)                                                                  $33.40 day and evening / $18.40 evening only / $23.40 BOGW day and evening                                                                      



  1. All fees are subject to change without notice.
  2. Students taking off-campus classes only will not be assessed any Mandatory Fees. These students may elect to purchase a Student Activity Pass or Bus Pass by visiting the Cashiers Office.
  3. Exemption from nonresident tuition is available to certain nonresident students who attended high school in California for at least three years and received a California high school diploma or its equivalent (AB 540). Contact the Office of Admissions & Records for more information.
  4. International Students may have additional fees.  See http://international.sbcc.edu/ for more details.
  5. For exemptions to the Student Representation Fee, go to www.sbcc.edu/fees. You may opt out during the registration process or at the Office of Student Life, CC-221. 
  6. Students may choose to opt out of the Student Activity Pass.  This can be done during the registration process or through a Petition located on the Office of Student Life, CC-221.  For more information, go to  www.sbcc.edu/fees.
  7. Parking permit prices include a $3.40 nonrefundable service fee.
  8. Purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking spot.

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