Dual Enrollment Policies

The college has the right to restrict enrollment for reasons of health and safety, preparedness of the student, availability and college board policy. Please review the program policies below to ensure you have a successful experience at SBCC.

(References- California Education Code: Sections 48800-48802, 76001, 76300)

Santa Barbara City College allows eligible 9th - 12th grade students who are concurrently enrolled as a regular student in a public, private, or homeschool high school program, to enroll in most college courses in order to enrich their educational experience. The college does, however, reserve the right to limit applications and class enrollments of students according to the policy of SBCC's governing board, administrative direction and departmental procedures.

  • Undocumented Students
    • Yes. California Education Code, AB 540 allows certain students who have attended high school in California for 3 or more years and earned a high school diploma or its equivalent to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at California public universities. 
  • Out of State Students
    • Yes. Out of State  Enrollment Fees Apply
  • International Students
    • Yes International Enrollment Fees and Visa Restrictions Apply 
    • F-2 and F-1 dual enrollment applicants should also submit a copy of their passport, visa and Form I-20. These are the documents we need to review in order to determine eligibility.
  • Junior High Students 
    • Students not eligible for the 9th grade who wish to attend SBCC during the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters must submit a Special Student Petition to the Senior Director of Admissions & Records and Dual Enrollment for evaluation. All petition materials must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the semester the student wishes to attend. Late applications will not be considered. Students in the summer theater and jazz workshops are exempt from this requirement.

Students may enroll in most college level courses, provided they meet the necessary prerequisites. All students planning to enroll in English or math classes must qualify on the basis of multiple measures.  Additional course restrictions may be included at the discretion of the college. 

The following courses may not be taken by high school students:

  • Any/all remedial course (1-100)
    • Examples include ENG 1-100, MATH 1-100, FIN 010, etc.
  • DSPS (Disability Services and Programs for Students) reserved courses 
  • EMT - Emergency Medical Technician*
    • Student must be 18 years of age or older by fourth week of the class.*
  • HLTH - Health 101**
    • Student must be 17 years of age or older at time of registration.**
  • PE - Physical Education***
    • PE 128 and 157 approved for Middle College students only***

The following subjects require prior approval and/or additional applications from the department. Contact the department for more information:

  • Students taking Math, English, and Economics courses at the High School:

Students that are taking Math, English, and Economic classes at the High School will be cleared by their high school counselor for their prerequisite via the google spreadsheet (link).  Please note that SBCC support classes are not offered at the high school.

  • Classes at SBCC Requiring Math or English Placement:

High school counselors will verify the student's eligibility and submit the validating data via the Google forms below. Please note that dual enrollment students are not eligible to enroll in college courses numbered below 100. Students can also place into English and math courses using AP, SAT, or EAP test scores. For more information, scroll down for instructions on how to challenge a prerequisite.

Dual Enrollment students are permitted to enroll in a maximum of 11. college units during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. If a student registers for more than 11 units, they no longer qualify for the tuition waiver and will be responsible for paying the per-credit tuition fee for all 12 or more units. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Under Education Code Section 76001, a Special full-time K-12 students (12.0 units or higher) may not be exempted from the enrollment fee; they may, however, be individually considered for the BOG Fee waivers Part A, B, or C. Those students who do not qualify for a BOG Fee Waiver will be required to pay the enrollment fee for all units. 

For courses taught on the SBCC Campus or online, it is the student’s responsibility to log into his or her campus account to register for course(s). Please note, that submitting an approval form and application to Admissions & Records does not register you in the course. It is the student’s responsibility to register for the course(s) in the campus portal.

High school students are not required to pay SBCC enrollment fees. However, students taking courses on the SBCC Campus and Online are required to pay a Health Fee and a Transportation Fee. Other costs, such as materials and books, are to be paid by the student. 

In addition, students that enroll in 12 units or more will be assessed the per unit fee for all registered classes. For a current list of fees, please visit http://www.sbcc.edu/fees. Other costs, such as materials and books, are to be paid by the student. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a student is only enrolled in SBCC classes on a high school campus, the Transportation and Health fees are not assessed. In addition, materials and books must be provided by the high school.