Frequently Asked Questions

  • a)    Make sure you are using a VISA or MASTERCARD ONLY
    b)    Enter the 16 digit account number without spaces or dashes
    c)     Make sure you enter the correct expiration date and the correct CVV number.
    d)    Make sure the credit card holder's name is changed to the exact name on the credit card.
    e)    You might have a limit on your card. If the amount due is too high, you need to call your bank to increase your line of credit.
    f)     Your credit card company may be blocking the transaction. If it is the first time you are using the credit card on our website you might need to contact the credit card company and let them know that the transaction is legitimate.
    g)    If you are using a foreign address at the billing information section, it might block the transaction. If possible, use your local address.

  • You should submit the Online Tech Support Form at  
    or call Tech Support at 805-897-3549

  • You should submit the Online Tech Support Form at  
    or call Tech Support at 805-897-3549

  • If you forgot your username or password, please click on "Find my username/password" at the Pipeline link  It will ask you to fill in the following information:  Last name, first name, birthday, last 4 digits of your SSN. If you have a secret question set up, you will be required to answer the secret question. If you do not have a secret question set up, it will prompt you to set one up. Once you have completed these steps, you will be given username and password. Please note the username and password are both case sensitive.

  • You should still be able to access your Pipeline account. If your account is disabled, you can click on “Re-enable account” at the Pipeline link
    If you need further assistance, you can click on “Common Login Problems FAQ” on the log in screen of Pipeline or you can contact Student Tech Support and request to have your Pipeline account enabled or call Student Tech Support phone #: 805-897-3549.

  • Log on to your Pipeline, on the home page, click "Student" click "My Class Schedule and Bill", select a term “ XXXX 201X, click "Submit".The account balance will have a negative amount if you have a credit balance. A positive amount means there is a balance due.
  • The term charges amount is located on your schedule and bill. Log on to your Pipeline account, on the home page, click "Student" click "My Class Schedule and Bill". Select the term "XXXX 201X", click "Submit". You will see the total amount due, the amount you need is under "Term Charges". 
  • Payment of fees may be made online through your Pipeline account by credit card (Visa, MasterCard). Log on to your Pipeline account, on the home page, click "Pay My Bill". Select the term,”XXXX201X click "Submit". You will see the amount due. Click the “Click to Pay by Credit Card" button. Select the term again, click "Submit" then follow the instructions. Once you complete the payment process, a receipt will be sent to your Pipeline email. 
  • Please log on to your Pipeline account, on the home page, click "Student" click "Personal Information" then Click "My E-mail Address" or “My Address and Phone”. You should be able to update your personal information in this section.
  • We are assured by our Student Technology department that the SBCC website is a secure site. This message is from their department: 
    We know the https:// and padlock is not visible, but we are definitely using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer, which encrypts the traffic and which is signified by https://), and your transaction is encrypted and secure. The reason that the https:// prefix and the padlock is not visible is because Pipeline is wrapping an HTML frame around these web pages, and the browser only shows the characteristics of this outer frame. We are working as quickly as possible on a way to do this so that the padlock will be visible in the near future.
    If you still have questions please contact our Tech Support at 805-897-3549.
  • To pay registration fees online go to, then log on your Pipeline account.  On the home page, select "Student", then select "Pay My Bill".  You can pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).  Select the method of payment, then select the term in which you are paying.  Follow the payment instructions.  "DO NOT back space when you are processing payment".
  • As the student, you are responsible for dropping classes by the stated deadlines.  If you register in a class and later change your mind, it is your responsibility to drop the class. Review your schedule/Bill for course deadlines.  Log on to Log on your Pipeline account. On the home page, select "Student", select "Registration", then select "Register, Add or Drop Class".  Follow the instructions on the Add/Drop Classes page for dropping a class.
  • You are encouraged to pay your fees at time of registration. Payment must be received within seven (7) days of registration or you may be dropped for non-payment.

    Students will not be dropped for non-payment after instruction has begun. As the student, you are responsible for dropping classes by the stated deadlines. If you register in a class and later change your mind, it is your responsibility to drop the classes.

    For Financial Aid Students: If you have been awarded (Authorized, Memo, or disbursed aid) you will not be dropped for non payment of fees. You will be responsible for any balance not covered by Financial Aid. Log into your Pipeline Account and check to see if you have estimated aid by checking the Award Payment Schedule under the Award Menu in Financial Aid.

  • Checks should be made payable to SBCC.  Write your Student ID number on the face of your check. DO NOT MAIL CASH! There will be a $20 service charge on all returned checks.  Mail your check to:

    Santa Barbara City College
    ATTN: Cashier's Office
    721 Cliff Drive
    Santa Barbara CA 93109
  • No, the cashiers are only able to answer general questions over the telephone.
  • The Agency should send the Cashier's Office a letter of authorization. The letter should include the student name, ID # and indicate the specific fees the agency will cover. SBCC will invoice the agency after the add/drop period of each semester. For more information, please email
  • A hold is placed on all student accounts with past due fees. The hold prevents you from registering for courses, ordering transcripts and receiving your diploma.  Additionally, you may not participate in additional school activities for which you need to pay through the cashier’s office, such as field trips, while your account is on a financial hold.  The Financial/Outstanding Balance Hold will be released automatically after 15-30 minutes upon receipt of full payment.