Public 2 Year

SBCC Tuition & Cost

Santa Barbara, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Santa Barbara City College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,125
Other Fees$128
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $17,253
Other Expenses Budget$4,761
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Santa Barbara City College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,125
Other Fees$128
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $17,253
Other Expenses Budget$4,761

In-state tuition at Santa Barbara City College for undergraduate students residing in California is $1,104. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,125 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $128 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $4,761 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending Santa Barbara City College full time should expect a total annual cost of $24,371.

Undergraduate tuition at Santa Barbara City College is $8,472 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $1,125 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $128. Students are advised to budget $4,761 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $31,739. This figure is 30.2% higher than what California residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Santa Barbara City College, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Santa Barbara City College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$5,303
$30,001 to $48,000$5,834
$48,001 to $75,000$8,417
$75,001 to $110,000$12,799

The average reported annual net price for Santa Barbara City College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $9,147 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

Financial Aid

42% of full-time undergrad Santa Barbara City College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $5,292 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 7% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,030.

Finanical Aid Santa Barbara City College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $5,292 42%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $561 1%
Pell Grants $4,854 22%
Other Federal Grants $459 7%
State and Local Grants $2,643 38%
Federal Student Loans $5,030 7%
Other Student Loans $0 0%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Santa Barbara City College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $21,264. The loan balance of $21,264 is a two year multiple of the $10,632 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $225 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $21,264
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $225.43
Total Interest Paid $5,788.05
Sum of All Loan Payments $27,052.05

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $24,371 $31,739
2 $26,077 $33,961

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at Santa Barbara City College to be $48,742 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 2 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Santa Barbara City College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
California Residents $46 $138 $184
Out of State Residents $353 $1,059 $1,412

Estimated cost for a class at Santa Barbara City College based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Santa Barbara City College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Santa Barbara City College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122889 IPEDS survey data for Santa Barbara City College.