Financial Aid

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How to Apply

Applying for state and federal financial aid is free. Simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A Spanish FAFSA is also available. A student needs to file the FAFSA once each year. Santa Barbara City College's FAFSA school code is 001285. SBCC will only receive your information if we are listed on the FAFSA.  Be sure you select the correct FAFSA for the semester you plan to attend:

Spring 2019 & Summer 2019  = 2018-2019 FAFSA

Fall 2019, Spring 2020 & Summer 2020 = 2019-2020 FAFSA

To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must be pursuing an Associate Degree or be in a certificate program leading to gainful employment. For more information about the completion rates, costs and median loan debt of our non degree programs, go to Gainful Employment.



The FAFSA is the application for Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loans and Federal PLUS Loans.  While no other application is needed, students may be asked to provide additional documentation to complete their applications.  The Financial Aid Office will notify you via your Pipeline account if more documentation is required.

If you provided your e-mail address on your FAFSA, you'll receive an e-mail with a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) on the Web in no more than 5 days. You'll receive an SAR Acknowledgment in the mail about 2 weeks after submitting your online FAFSA.  The report contains a summary of information provided on the FAFSA and lists the student's expected family contribution (EFC).

The FAFSA can also be used to determine eligibility for California College Promise Grant.


The FAFSA is required for Cal Grants A,B, & C, but you must also submit the California Student Aid Commission's GPA Verification by March 2nd (or the second cycle of September 2nd if attending a community college). Many colleges (inclduing SBCC) and high schools submit the GPA on a student's behalf. Please check with your college or high school to see if that is the case.

Students who qualify for AB-540 residency classification should complete the CA Dream Act Application. The California Dream Act allow AB-540 students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including;

  • California College Promise Grant
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and the Chafee Grant
  • Assistance from EOPS or CARE
  • Privately funded scholarships. 

You are an AB-540 student, and exempt from paying non-resident enrollment fees, if you meet all the following criteria:

  • Attended A California High School for at least three years;
  • Graduated from a California High School, received  a GED or passed the California High School Proficiency Exam;
  • Are registered or enrolled in a California Community College;
  • If required, complete an affidavit saying you have filed (or will file when eligible to do so) for legal immigration status. 

For more information, visit I Can Afford College - Dream Act Information 

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