Santa Barbara City College

Public, 2-4 Years School Located in Santa Barbara, CA

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How much is the SBCC tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, SBCC's tuition & fees is $1,234 for California residents and $10,186 for out-of-state students.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $25,030 for California residents and $33,982 for out-of-state students when a student lives off-campus.

SBCC Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$1,234
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$10,186
Books & Supplies Costs$1,152
Off-campus Room & Board$17,784
Off-campus Expenses$4,860
2023-2024 Estimates
California Residents Tuition & Fees$1,236
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$11,642

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to 2-4 years schools nationwide, SBCC' tuition is lower than the average tuition of $12,960. Compared to public, 2-4 years colleges in California, its tuition is lower than the average tuition of $13,259.
Santa Barbara City College$1,234$10,186
U.S. 2-4 Years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
California 2-4 Years Colleges$20,867
Public Schools$4,034$13,259
Private Schools$23,111

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between SBCC and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, 2-4 years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Santa Barbara City CollegeSanta Barbara, CA$1,234$10,186
Cabrillo CollegeAptos, CA$1,270$9,910
Cerritos CollegeNorwalk, CA$1,364$12,004
Chabot CollegeHayward, CA$1,150$8,686
Chaffey CollegeRancho Cucamonga, CA$1,184$11,120
Citrus CollegeGlendora, CA$1,204$9,844
Columbia CollegeSonora, CA$1,547$8,870
Crafton Hills CollegeYucaipa, CA$1,188$12,320
College of the DesertPalm Desert, CA$1,326$9,586
Diablo Valley CollegePleasant Hill, CA$1,312$9,012
El Camino Community College DistrictTorrance, CA$1,144$7,144

Financial Aid and COA

At Santa Barbara City College, 6,769 students (53%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $4,456.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at SBCC is $29,526 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,228 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $4,496 and the average amount of student loans is $5,397.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (off-campus)$25,030$33,982
Tuition & Fees$1,234$10,186
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$23,796$23,796
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$20,574$29,526
Average Financial Aid$4,456$4,456
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship6,76953%$4,456
Pell Grants2,17717%$4,162
Federal Student Loan5354%$6,433
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,22866%-
Grants or Scholarships1,20364%$4,496
Federal Grants1,01354%$3,681
Pell Grants39721%$4,690
Other Federal Grants95351%$1,959
State/Local Grants71838%$2,319
Institutional Grants141%$1,057
Student Loan Aid865%$5,397
Federal Student Loans855%$5,137
Other Student Loans2-$13,750
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level396387$7,418
110,001 or more1912$1,788

Student Population

Santa Barbara City College has a total of 12,675 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 5,476 male students and 7,270 female students attending SBCC. The school offers online degree programs and 4,199 students enrolled online exclusively (33.13% of all students).
Undergraduate12,746 5,4767,270

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA
Degree & Programs
Program Offered143 Programs
Online Program Offered14 Online Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population12,675
Graduation Rate39%
Transfer-out Rate14%
Retention Rate68% (Full-time), 46% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate37 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties235 (Full-time), 364 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs546 (Full-time), 373 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$89,328
Average Staff Salary$73,517