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Cost of Attendance

How Is My Financial Need Determined?

The federal government standardizes the exact calculations used to determine Expected Family Contribution. This means that your contribution would be assessed in the same way no matter what school you attended. Actual awards can vary by school because of the differences in cost. The methodology used can be explained with the following calculation:

     Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

Santa Barbara City College
2018-2019 Student Expense Budgets
(Cost of Attendance) As of  April 10, 2018- Subject to Change

Since these are standard budgets, they do not represent the actual costs each student will spend. They do, however, represent the maximum aid we can award a student. We suggest students develop their own budgets before beginning school. 

California Resident Living Away From Home Two Semesters (Fall and Spring) More Than Half Time (6 units +) *

* Non-California residents add $7,980 tuition cost per year for full-time (14 units) students ($285/unit).


Living with parent/relative

Living away from home

1. Enrollment Fees($46/Unit)



2. Books $ Supplies



3. Room & Board



4. Personal Expenses



5. Transportation



Total for California Residents:



  1. Fees: Represents the cost of 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: Includes books, educational supplies, course materials, and computer-related expenses excluding the purchase of a personal computer.
  3. Room and Board: Includes rent, food, snacks, household supplies and utilities.
  4. Personal Expenses: Includes 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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