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Cost of Attendance

How Is My Financial Need Determined?

The federal government determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the information you provide on your FAFSA. This means that your contribution should be the same no matter what school you attend. Actual awards vary by school because of the differences in Cost of Attendance (COA) and available financial aid. This can be explained with the following calculation:

COA - EFC = Financial Need    

Santa Barbara City College
2018-2019 Fall & Spring Cost of Attendance 

These are standard budgets, they do not represent the actual costs each student will spend. We suggest each student develop their own budgets to be aware of their personal needs. 

  Living with parent/relative Living away from home
1. Tuition and Fees  $1,404 $1,404
2. Books & Supplies $1,917 $1,917
3. Room & Board $5,418 $13,779
4. Personal Expenses $3,258 $2,997
5. Transportation $1,107 $1,251
Total $13,104 $21,348
* Non-California residents add $7,980 tuition cost per year for full-time (14 units) students ($285/unit). 
1) Tuition and Fees: Represents the cost of tuition enrollment fees at $46 per unit for 14 units per semester for two semesters, Student Health Fees at $20 per semester for two semesters, Transportation Fee at $32 per semester for two semesters, Student Representation Fee at $1 per semester for two semesters, and the Student Activity Fee at $5 per semester for two semesters.
2) Books and Supplies (books, educational supplies, course materials, and computer-related expenses excluding the purchase of a personal computer).
3) Room and Board (rent, food, snacks, household supplies and utilities).
4) Personal Expenses (clothing, laundry and dry-cleaning, personal care, gifts, recreation, medical, etc.)
5) Transportation: Represents travel to and from parent's residence and transportation costs to and from work (e.g., bus fare, gasoline, tolls and parking).

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