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Cost and Fees

2016-2017 Costs

SBCC is a smart and affordable choice for an excellent education. Take a look at the estimated expenses for students.

Estimated Expense


Living with parent/relative

Living away from home

Enrollment Fees ($46/Unit)



Books & Supplies



Room & Board $4,518 $11,268
Personal Expenses $3,096 $2,844




Total for California Residents:



Non-California residents add $7,448 tuition cost per year for full-time (14 units) students ($266/unit).

International students add $7980 tuition cost per year for full-time (15 units) students ($266/unit).

How does SBCC compare to other California schools?

By attending SBCC, students save -- in tuition alone - an average of $4000 per year compared to California State University campuses, $10,000 as compared to University of California campuses, and the number gets even bigger when you talk about private schools.

Complete List of SBCC Fees

All students, resident and non-residents must pay an enrollment fee of $46.00 per unit with no maximum amount. If you are a California resident and you need help paying the enrollment fee, you may qualify for the Board of Governors Grant Waiver (BOGW). Apply in the Financial Aid Office (SS-210) before enrolling classes.

SBCC does not send bills.  It is the student's responsibility to manage their accounts through the Pipeline student portal.  It is also the student's responsibility to drop their classes by the stated deadlines. Nonpayment of fees may result in having a hold placed on your account, inability to order transcripts and potentially have your debt reported to a Third Party Collections Agency.


Mandatory Fees*  
 Enrollment Fee (All Students)  $46 / unit
 Out of State Tuition  $285 / unit
 International Tuition*    $285 / unit
 Health Fee  $20
 Transportation Fee
  Enrolled in 6 or more units  $32
  Enrolled in less than 6 units  $31
 Student Activity Pass *  $5
 Student Representation Fee*  $1
Special Fees
  Some courses have Special Fees; see Class Schedule
Optional Fees
 Parking Permit* (Online Order)                                                                  $33.40 day and evening / $18.40 evening only / $23.40 BOGW day and evening                                                                      



  1. All fees are subject to change without notice.
  2. Students taking off-campus classes only will not be assessed any Mandatory Fees. These students may elect to purchase a Student Activity Pass or Bus Pass by visiting the Cashiers Office.
  3. Exemption from nonresident tuition is available to certain nonresident students who attended high school in California for at least three years and received a California high school diploma or its equivalent (AB 540). Contact the Office of Admissions & Records for more information.
  4. International Students may have additional fees.  See for more details.
  5. For exemptions to the Student Representation Fee, go to You may opt out during the registration process or at the Office of Student Life, CC-221. 
  6. Students may choose to opt out of the Student Activity Pass.  This can be done during the registration process or through a Petition located on the Office of Student Life, CC-221.  For more information, go to
  7. Parking permit prices include a $3.40 nonrefundable service fee.
  8. Purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee a parking spot.
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