SBCC Promise offers any recent local high school graduate the opportunity to attend SBCC free of charge by covering all required fees, books, and supplies for up to two years – it is open to any student who meets the eligibility requirements and is willing to make the necessary commitments. The SBCC Promise is making our community’s college fully accessible to all local students, and relies entirely on privately raised funds.

Eligibility to sign up for the SBCC Promise:

  • Complete your secondary education within the Santa Barbara Community College District.
  • Enroll at SBCC for the fall or spring semester immediately after your high school graduation, GED completion, or the equivalent.

Requirements to remain eligible for the SBCC Promise:

1. Apply for financial aid every academic year. Apply by submitting the California College Promise Grant application (CCPG), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application.
Deadline: At least one week prior to the applicable semester’s add/drop (census) date.

2. Commit to a full-time student schedule. You must register for a minimum of 12 units every fall and spring semester each academic year.
Deadline: At least one week prior to the applicable semester’s add/drop (census) date.

3. Participate in a minimum of one academic counseling session each semester.
Deadline: By the end of each semester.

4. Remain in good academic standing at Santa Barbara City College.

Summer Terms

  • Remain in good academic standing at Santa Barbara City College.
  • No minimum or maximum unit requirement.
  • No academic counseling requirement.

Eligibility Appeal

The SBCC Promise Eligibility Appeal is available for students who did not complete eligibility requirements or have a special circumstance beyond their control. This appeal is used to evaluate an exception of SBCC Promise eligibility guidelines. Appeals are reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. Appeals must be completed and submitted by the end of the semester to be considered for review. This process may take 2-3 weeks to complete.

Go to Eligibility Appeal page


Contact us:
Email: promise@sbccfoundation.org
Phone: 805-730-4416

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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