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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 promise@sbccfoundation.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.

Yes, you qualify! Both your application to SBCC and your transcript should note the date of your completion; as long as you completed high school within the SBCC district in 2016 or later and completed your SBCC application within twelve (12) months of completion, you are eligible.
Yes, you qualify! Both your application to SBCC and your transcript should note the date of your completion; as long as you completed high school within the SBCC district in 2016 or later and completed your SBCC application within twelve (12) months of completion, you are eligible.
Yes, you qualify! Both your application to SBCC and your transcript should note the date of your completion; as long as you completed high school within the SBCC district in 2016 or later and completed your SBCC application within twelve (12) months of completion, you are eligible.
You must enroll at SBCC within twelve (12) months of completion. See below for exceptions for those who pursue military service immediately after high school.
Yes, you qualify! Both your application to SBCC and your transcript should note the date of your high school completion; as long as you completed high school within the SBCC district in 2016 or later and completed your SBCC application within twelve (12) months of military service completion, you are eligible. You will also need to submit documentation verifying your military service terms.
The Promise is available to students who attend SBCC as full-time students uninterrupted for two years. Please contact us at 805-730-4406 or promise@sbccfoundation.org with questions or concerns.
The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time student within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
While there are no GPA requirements for Promise participants, you must meet SBCC guidelines and remain in Academic Good Standing; please see https://www.sbcc.edu/academicstatuspolicies/index.php for more information.
Please read below for more information and complete the applicable application(s):

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:

PDF version of 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.

Yes, you qualify! Both your application to SBCC and your transcript should note the date of your completion of high school requirements; as long as you completed high school within the SBCC district in 2016 or later and completed your SBCC application within twelve (12) months of high school requirement completion, you are eligible.
While community service hours are not required, we certainly encourage it!
The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time semester within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time student within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time student within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time semester within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
You can view the list of registration dates by clicking here. Currently, local high school students have priority registration their first semester, but not their second semester or following semesters.
The Promise will cover the cost of enrollment and required fees, required books, and required supplies for full-length semesters beginning in fall 2016, and will cover summer sessions for students who have completed their first full-length semester(s) beginning in summer 2017. The summer sessions immediately after high school graduation are not included.
Yes; the Promise will cover two years of your education at SBCC. The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time student within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
The Promise will cover two years of your education at SBCC. The Promise is intended to support students who attend SBCC as full-time students who attend uninterrupted for two years. As long as you enroll as a full-time semester within twelve (12) months of high school completion within the SBCC district, you are eligible for the Promise for two (2) years after the date when you first enrolled as a full-time student.
The Promise covers the cost of enrollment and required fees, required books, and required supplies (to be purchased in the SBCC campus bookstore). It does not cover living expenses – child care assistance, travel/tour expenses (except enrollment and required fees, required books, and required supplies directly related to study abroad).
No, the program cost for study abroad is not covered by the SBCC Promise. The SBCC Promise covers the cost of enrollment and required fees, required books, and required supplies.
Yes, you still qualify. We recommend contacting the SBCC Financial Aid Office to review your budget and options available to you.