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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.


Enrollment Fee (All Students) $46 / unit
Out of State Tuition $261 / unit
International Tuition $261 / unit
Health Fee $19
Student Activity Sticker (Optional)
$10 Fall and Spring / $5 Spring Only
Student Representation Fee $1 For exemptions, go to
Parking Fee (Optional)
Online Order $33.40 day and evening / $18.40 evening only /
$23.40 BOGW day and evening
Special Fees
Some courses have Special Fees; see Class Schedule
Transportation Fee
6 or more units $31
less than 6  units $30


  1. All fees are subject to change without notice.
    Purchase of a parking permit cannot guarantee a parking spot.
  2. 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.
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