Frequently Asked Questions
Are you wondering if you qualify for the SBCC Promise? Do you have any lingering questions? If you cannot find the answer here, please call (805) 730-4416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your questions answered.Looking for Promise resources? Click here to download our bilingual fact sheet. Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation (English) (Spanish) with information about how to sign-up for the Promise, financial aid, and academic counseling.
How many units do I need to take each regular (fall/spring) semester? What if DSPS guidelines consider me full-time with a lower unit load? What if the program I’m in (ex: nursing) considers a lower unit load to be full time? What if the program I’m participating in is designed to be part time (ex: auto tech)?
I’m not a U.S. Citizen. Do I still qualify? Is there a clear pathway for AB540/DREAM Act eligible students? Citizenship requirements are waived (as long as students meet other eligibility requirements); this includes international students who completed high school in our district, AB540 students, AB540 non-qualifying (likely not having met the 3 years attendance at a CA high school).
AB540 Tuition Exemption
You may be eligible for a special tuition waiver.
For more information see the Explanation of AB540 Tuition Exemption
Para imformacion en Español, lea AB540 Tuition Exemption en Español
Print and mail the AB540 Tuition Exemption Request Form:
For international students with various visa types, this list is provided as a guide. It is the same guide used by the Admissions Office to determine residency. For SBCC Promise purposes, if a student has a visa type that allows them to establish residency after 1 year, then they are eligible for the Promise. If not, they are not. The most common visa type for international students is F, and they are not eligible for residency, and therefore are not eligible for the Promise. The one addition is that undocumented students (whether AB540-eligible or not) have always been and remain eligible for the SBCC Promise (they have been, and wish to remain part of this community). This is consistent with the founding principle of the SBCC Promise that it is “of by, and for” our community. Anyone making this their long-term (or permanent) home is eligible.