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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, covering the cost of all required fees, books, and supplies. The SBCC Promise is making our community’s college fully accessible to all local students, and relies entirely on privately raised funds.

The SBCC Promise is not automatic – you must sign up! The SBCC Promise is open to any student who meets the eligibility requirements and is willing to make the necessary commitments. The checklist below will help you determine your eligibility for the SBCC Promise.

To be eligible for the SBCC Promise, you must:

  • Complete your secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District.
  • 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.

  • Enroll at SBCC in either the fall or spring semester immediately following high school or equivalent, and commit to a full-time student schedule (minimum of 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.
  • Participate in academic counseling (at least one session per semester), 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 not automatic, nor is it mandatory. Students who would like to take advantage of the SBCC Promise must sign up!

Do you have any 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.