Dual Enrollment Policies

IMPORTANT NOTICE: During our Covid19 remote operations, we are available by chat and phone during working hours, or email at any time. Dual Enrollment forms can be submitted online, but still require manual processing that can take up to 5-7 working days.

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 to register in a maximum of 11.9 college units during the fall and spring semesters in order to enrich their educational experience. Students can submit a Maximum Unit Exception Petition to the dual enrollment office if they wish to enroll in more than 11.9 units. You can find the peition on our 'Forms' page. Please note that enrollment fees cannot be waived for any units if a student enrolls in 12 or more units. Students who enroll in 12 or more units are required to pay enrollment fees for all their classes.

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, ESL 29-100, Health 101 is open to students 17 years of age or older. Additional course restrictions may be included at the discretion of the college.

Physical Eduaction Classes: In accordance with Education Code section 76002(a)(4), enrollment in physical education classes will be limited to no more than ten percent per class section of special part-time or full-time students.


When a course has a pre-requisite requirement, it means that a student must demonstrate pre-existing knowledge and/or skills to be successful in the course. To petition to satisfy a pre-requisite by means other than a qualifying SBCC assessment level or a qualified SBCC course please visit the Prerequisite and Corequisite page.

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, Transportation (Manditory for students that live within a certain distance from the college), Student Representation, and Student Activities Pass Fee. Students can opt out of the Student Representation and Student Activities fees when viewing their registration fees.  If the student do not opt out, the students will have seven days to pay  their fees or they will be dropped from their class.

Santa Barbara Unified High School Students are not required to Pay SBCC enrollment, Health, and Transportation fees because they are currently covered with a third party grant. This grant is subject to funding and can change at anytime.  However students taking  courses on the SBCC Campus and Online will encur a Student Represetnation and Student Activities fee that is not covered by the grant.  The student will need to opt out of these fees when viewing their registration fees.  If the student do not opt out, the student will have seven days to pay the fees or they will be dropped from their class.

In addition, those seniors 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.

For courses taught on the SBCC Campus, it is the student’s responsibility to log into his or her Campus Pipeline 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 Pipeline.

All SBCC Dual Enrollment students are responsible for complying with the rules and regulations of the college as published in the SBCC college Catalog and schedule of classes.

The grade(s) you earn in your SBCC class(es) will become a part of your official college academic record and SBCC transcript. For students attending local service-area high schools, SBCC sends a final semester grade report to the Registrar of the high school you listed on your application for admission. It is your responsibility to make sure you have received high school credit. Check with your Registrar to be sure your SBCC grade(s) has been posted to your high school transcript. Students may also view their course grades by logging into their SBCC Pipeline account. Please note students must make satisfactory academic progress (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and completion of 67% of courses attempted) to maintain eligibility for financial aid when they begin SBCC as a full-time college student.

Students must secure parent consent and counselor approval to register in SBCC classes. Students also need to complete a current online application to SBCC. Links to application and approval forms can be found on our Apply and Register page.