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Do I Qualify for the SBCC Promise?

The SBCC Promise provides local students who recently completed their secondary education with the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time for two years, free of charge. The SBCC Promise relies on privately raised funds to cover enrollment and all required fees, books, and supplies – making our community’s college fully accessible to all local students.

To be eligible for the SBCC Promise, you must:

  • Complete your secondary education or reside within the Santa Barbara Community College District (southern Santa Barbara County from Gaviota to Carpinteria).
  • Enroll at SBCC in either the fall or spring semester immediately following high school or equivalent.
    If entering military service directly out of high school, you must enroll within 12 months of completion of military service.
  • Submit the completed California College Promise Grant (CCPG) (formerly Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) Application).* You must do this for each academic year, by at least one week prior to the applicable semester’s add/drop (census) date. You can do this by submitting any one of the following applications:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens (recommended)

California Dream Act Application, for students who qualify for the AB-540 Nonresident Tuition Exemption. For more information, please visit the Dream Act Scholars section of the SBCC Admissions and Records website.

CCPG Application, for California residents or AB-540 eligible.

  • Complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP) through New Student Class Planning by the add/drop (census) date of the first semester.
  • Commit to a full time student schedule (minimum 12 units) throughout the duration of the SBCC Promise for fall and spring semester of each academic year. Register for all your classes by at least one week prior to the add/drop (census) date. Summer session is encouraged, but there is no minimum unit requirement.
  • Participate in academic counseling (at least one session per semester) each academic year, by the end of each semester.
  • Remain in good academic standing at SBCC.

* The CCPG waives enrollment fees for qualifying students who are California residents or students who qualify for the AB-540 Nonresident Tuition Exemption. In order to qualify for the SBCC Promise, students must apply for the CCPG; however, students are not required to meet the CCPG eligibility criteria. 

The SBCC Promise is open to any student who meets the eligibility requirements and is willing to make the necessary commitments.

The SBCC Promise is not automatic, nor is it mandatory. Students who would like to take advantage of the SBCC Promise must sign up. Sign up at sbccpromise.org/sign-up.

Do you have questions, or want to know if you qualify for the SBCC Promise? Please visit sbccpromise.org/faqs. If you cannot find the answer here, please email promise@sbccfoundation.org or call (805) 730-4416.