The SBCC Foundation has provided Santa Barbara City College with private philanthropic support since 1976, serving as the vehicle through which individuals and organizations may invest in the college and its students. As an independent  501c3 nonprofit organization and partner to SBCC, the SBCC Foundation provides more than $5 million annually for student success programs, scholarships, book grants, emergency funds, and other critical needs of the college. For more than four decades, the resources raised and managed by the SBCC Foundation have supported SBCC students as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities, and pursue lifelong learning goals.

In 2016, the Foundation launched the SBCC Promise, offering all local high school graduates the opportunity to attend SBCC full-time at no cost. The SBCC Promise relies entirely on private support and covers all required fees, books, and supplies for up to two years. To date, more than 3,000 local students have participated in the SBCC Promise. By removing financial barriers, the SBCC Promise ensures that SBCC’s life-changing educational programs are fully accessible to all local students.

Santa Barbara City College is a revered and comprehensive community college, offering a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, transfer programs to four-year universities, and a School of Extended Learning that combines tuition-free and fee-based classes for community members to advance their career and life skills. SBCC continues to be recognized as the top community college in the nation, a testament to the high caliber and dedication of its students, faculty, and staff. With more than a century of service to southern Santa Barbara County, SBCC has a long history of leadership and innovation in providing outstanding educational opportunities for all.