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Do I Qualify for the SBCC Promise?

The SBCC Promise will provide any local student who completes their secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District with the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time for two years free of charge.

The goal of the SBCC Promise is to remove economic barriers to higher education and make SBCC fully accessible to all local students.

Using privately raised funds, the SBCC Promise will cover two years of all required fees, books, and supplies for any eligible student.

To be eligible for the SBCC Promise, a student must:

  • Complete their secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District (southern Santa Barbara County from Gaviota to Carpinteria).
  • Submit the completed Board of Governors (BOGW) Fee Waiver Application for each academic year by one week prior to the following term’s registration date (example: in Fall 2017, the 2017-18 form must be submitted by November X, 2017) The BOGW 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 BOGW; however, students are not required to meet the BOGW eligibility criteria. To be considered, students can submit one of the following applications:

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

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.

Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver Application, for California residents or AB-540 eligible.

  • Enroll at SBCC in either the fall or spring term immediately following high school or equivalent. If entering military service directly out of high school, a student must enroll within 12 months of completion of military service.
  • Commit to a full time student schedule (minimum 12 units) throughout the duration of the SBCC Promise for each fall and spring semester each academic year by one week prior to the following term’s registration date. Summer session is encouraged but there is no minimum unit requirement.
  • Complete a Student Educational Plan (SEP) through New Student Academic Advising by one week prior to the following term’s registration date each semester.
  • Participate in academic counseling (at least one session per semester) by one week prior to the following term’s registration date.
  • Remain in good academic standing at SBCC.

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 call (805) 730-4416 or email promise@sbccfoundation.org to get your questions answered.