Frequently Asked Questions

  • Holds and registration blocks refer to fines or other admission blocks unrelated to the dual enrollment approval process. To be ready to register as a dual enrollment student you need to make sure your parent consent form is on file, you have a current application, and your course approval form has been processed. In addition, math/English prerequisites may also be a factor. All forms can take up to 5-7 working days to process from the time we receive them. However, we encourage students to check regularly in case they are processed sooner. See the following two links to check the status of those requirements.

  • You should submit your summer/fall application as a first-time college student, not as a dual enrollment student. If you need to correct this, please contact the admissions technician assigned to your last name here sbcc.edu/admissions. We can waive the orientation/class advising holds for Summer Session I if you contact our office from your pipeline email and include your SBCC ID # in the request. The orientation/class advising steps will need to be completed before you can register for Summer Session II or Fall.

  • Admissions and Records has prepared a website dedicated to common problems students face when registering.

  • Student Support has prepared a website to help students login to Pipeline.

  • SBCC email uses Gmail, so see Google's helpful tutorial on email forwarding.

  • Yes. The student will earn both high school and college credit with the high school´s approval. If the student wishes to receive high school credit for a college class, a 3.0 unit or more one-semester college class will earn one semester of high school credit (5.0 credits). To determine how a college course fulfills a high school requirement, please see your high school counselor.  Academic college courses that meet the University of California 'a-g' requirements will be given a weighted grade point and ranking on the high school transcript at the discretion of the high school. 

  • Dual Enrollment students are permitted to enroll in a maximum of 12.0 college units during the Fall or Spring Semesters and 8.0 units during each summer session. If you register for more than 11.9 units, you 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. 

  •  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.
  • Yes. Eligible 9th-12th grade home school students may enroll as a Dual Enrollment student providing that they submit a copy of their Private School Affidavit. Every person, firm, association, partnership, or corporation offering or conducting a full-time day or boarding school at the elementary or high school level must file an Affidavit (California Education Code Section 33190). The online form required annually of private schools; links to related statutes, to the Private School Directory, and to Frequently Asked Questions about private schools is available at the California Department of Education website: cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/rq
  • 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 Director of Admissions 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 may enroll in most college level courses, provided they meet the necessary prerequisites. The following classes may not be taken by high school students: English 60-100; Math 1-104; DSPS courses; Health 101 is open to students 17 years of age or older (Additional course restrictions may be included at the discretion of the college). All students planning to enroll in English or math classes must qualify on the basis of SBCC assessment tests. Click here for details and exemptions. 
  • Yes. When a course has a pre-requisite requirement, it means that a student must possess a certain amount of pre-existing knowledge to be successful in the course. If the class you are registering in has a pre-requisite requirement, you can challenge the prerequisite or have a counselor submit a data validation form. See the following link for more information Courses Requiring Math or English Placement. The pre-requisite requirement must be cleared by SBCC prior to course registration. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Students will only be permitted to register for the course(s) that were indicated on the Dual Enrollment Approval form. If you would like to make a change or add a course that was not on the submitted form, you will need to submit a new Dual Enrollment Approval Form to your high school counselor.
  • If you are receiving this message it typically means that you are trying to enroll in a course that was not approved on your Approval Form. Make sure that you are entering the right course. You can check your pipeline account to see what courses have been approved. See FAQs above for instructions.
  • Yes, Dual Enrollment students are permitted to enroll in online courses provided that they meet course prerequisites. Students enrolling in online courses are required to pay the Health Fee.
  • High school students are not required to pay SBCC enrollment fees ($48 per unit). However, students taking courses on the SBCC Campus are required to pay a Health Fee and a Transportation Fee. Students taking courses online are only required to pay a Health Fee. Other costs, such as materials and books, are to be paid by the student.  For the current fees and how to pay, click here.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: If a student is only enrolled in classes on a high school campus, and does not come to SBCC for instruction, the Transportation and Health fees are waived.

  • Yes.  Your counselor will need to approve your approval form. You will also need confirm that your parent consent form was submitted. Third, you will need to have an active SBCC application on file. If you are currently enrolled in an SBCC class, your application rolls over and you stay in active status. If you have missed a fall/spring term, you will need to apply to the college to reactivate your application. Finally, once all the steps are completed, you will need to log on to Pipeline to register for your classes.

    For more information, contact the Dual Enrollment Office or your high school counselor.