AB 540 Coalition
The College Dream Initiative
California Community Colleges

What to expect at a
California Community College

PROS about the California Community Colleges (CCC)
  • Low cost compared to 4-year colleges!
  • You pay as you go and you only pay for the classes that you plan to take.
  • You can live at home!  At a CCC, you can eliminate housing costs.
  • Support staff is there to help you transfer to a four-year school.
  • If you do not want a Bachelors degree, CCC offer certificate programs.
CONS about the California Community Colleges:
  • You will need to stay focused!
  • Budget cuts at the CCC campuses have reduced classes.  If you plan to transfer you need to set a plan early and be flexible.

CCC campuses closest to SANTA BARBARA COUNTY:
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria)
  • Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo)
  • Ventura College
  • Oxnard College
  • Moorpark College

Admissions Information

  • WHEN TO APPLY: Rolling Admission!
  • ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: Admission is open to anyone who:
Holds a high school diploma or equivalent;
Is 18 years old or older; and/or
Is enrolled in high school and wishes to attend SBCC concurrently
as a part-time student.
Santa Barbara City College AB 540 students can now apply online and are also able to apply with a paper application. Applications are available in Spanish and English. There is no fee for submitting an application. Some programs require supplemental applications.  Admissions & Records will process your application and you will receive an Enrollment Checklist in the mail. The Checklist will detail whether or not you have to complete Assessment, Orientation and Advising based on the educational goal and/or transfer plan you have selected on your application.

* At Santa Barbara City College your application & affidavit must be on file before you can register in classes.

Financial Aid/Scholarship Information

  • The SBCC Financial Aid Office offers scholarships to high school seniors and current SBCC students. Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, community involvement or extra curricular activities and/or financial need. Gifts and endowments from private individuals, corporations, community organizations, and other foundations fund scholarships
  • Private scholarships are derived from a variety of organizations that provide scholarship opportunities to students. Please contact the scholarship coordinator in the SBCC Financial Aid Office for more information.
  • AB 540 students are eligible and encouraged to apply for SBCC Scholarships, every year the deadline to submit is March 2nd. In order to apply for the SBCC Scholarships, students must have a SBCC Student Identification Number, this number is also referred to as a K#. Graduating seniors should submit their SBCC application ASAP, in order to be able to fill out the SBCC scholarship applications by the deadline. Apply at: www.sbcc.edu/scholarships. 
Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGW)
  • The BOGW waives enrollment fees to qualifying students who are California residents. Health fees will no longer be waived. To qualify, you must meet the following income requirements or other eligibility criteria outlined on the application. To apply Download the Application. Submit completed application to the Financial Aid Office.
  • If a student is coded as AB 540 with the office of admissions and records, they are now eligible for the BOGW.  For more information contact the community education center. 
SBCC Downloadable Financial Aid Forms:

Campus Resource Information

  • As an AB 540 student enrolled at SBCC you are eligible for all programs and services, inclduing those that are funded by state grants such as EOPS. 
  • For a list of SBCC Student Resources go to: http://www.sbcc.edu/admissions/dreamact.php
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