College and Career Center
Students are welcome to stop by the Center anytime during passing period, lunch, or after school. Please bring a pass from your teacher if you want to come during class
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to stop by the Center anytime during the school day or after school. If you would like to make an appointment, please email, click below, or call Cenorina Castelo (bilingual).
HOURS: Monday - Friday: 8am - 3:30pm
School Phone Number: (805) 966-9101 Fax Number: (805) 966-6399
- Brag Sheets and Reommendations
- College Process
- College Visits and Fairs
- Community Service
- Financial Aid
- For College Reps
- Work Permits
Santa Barbara City College - No Letters of Recommendation required.
CSU's and UC's - No Letters of Recommendation required.
- Note: If you apply to UC Berkeley, a certain percentage of applicants will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation
Common Application - 1 Letter of Recommendation from your Counselor, usually 2 Letters of Recommendation from current or past teachers.
- Note: Teacher Recommendation requirements can be different for each school. Some don't require any, and some can ask for 2 or 3. Pay close attention to requirements!
Other Applications - Letters of Recommendation requirements vary by school.
Applying to Santa Barbara City College begins at the end of January 2022
Please complete all the necessary steps to ensure that you have applied and are ready to register in May for your fall classes at SBCC (April for summer classes).
The Santa Barbara High College and Career Center will publicize these recruitment events through email, Parent/StudentSquare, Instagram, and through our website in order for students to learn how to attend virtually.
Visits are scheduled at least five days in advance and are only available from 7:45am-8:15am, 11:40-12:10pm, or 3:30-4:15pm Monday through Friday
What if I want to visit a college in person?
Great idea and we highly encourage it! Anytime you can set foot on an actual college campus, that's the best opportunity to learn about the college. If you do get the opportunity, please review the attached document below for things to think about and questions to ask while visiting colleges.
All things Community Service and Internship related can be found in the College & Career Center. Stop by to pick up forms, drop off completed hours, look up service opportunities, or just to check on total hours completed. The graduation requirement for Community Service and/or Unpaid Internships are as follows:
12th Grade (Class of 2022) = 45 hours
11th Grade (Class of 2023) = 45 hours
10th Grade (Class of 2024) = 45 hours
9th Grade (Class of 2025) = 60 hours
Completed hours may be turned-in twice per year, or more often if the student fills up the form. Hours completed will only be accepted if turned in within the year in which they were completed.
Students are eligible for the Community Service Award if they complete the number of hours listed below by by October 31st of their Senior year.
12th Grade (Class of 2022) = 150 hours
11th Grade (Class of 2023) = 150 hours
10th Grade (Class of 2024) = 150 hours
9th Grade (Class of 2025) = 200 hours
Requirements may be subject to change in accordance with changing pandemic conditions.
- Opens in October for Seniors, Submit by March 2nd- make sure you are applying for 2021-2022 school year (this is when you are a college Freshman)
- need your parents/guardians 2020 tax information for this! look at attached FAFSA checklist for exactly what you need.
- login and apply here
- Opens in October for Seniors, Submit by March 2nd- Any undocumented, AB540, or DACA student can apply here.
- login and apply here
- No application, but must submit FAFSA to be considered.
- Counselors automatically submit your GPA verification for this.
- Only eligible if planning to attend a 2 or 4 year accredited California college/university
- Once you submit your FAFSA or Dream Act, then create a CalGrant website account
- Create an account here
Here are some great local scholarships to consider:
SBHS Alumni Association Scholarship:
- January 26th
- Applications in C&C Center or www.sbdonsalumni.com- 2.5 unweighted GPA required to apply
- You are still eligible for this scholarship if planning on going to SBCC after graduation.
- Apply online at Cox Scholars
- Due February 3rd
Santa Barbara P.E.O Memorial Scholarship:
- Due February 9th
- only Girls may apply!
- Apply here
Other Local Scholarships:
- Sons of Italy Western Foundation - Due March 1
- Italian Catholic Federation -Due March 15
* Have you heard of Micro-Scholarships? Check out Raise.me - you just might be applying to colleges that accept them. See the full list of participating colleges here.
The majority of scholarships for high school students are offered during a student's senior year. Most of our graduates receive the large percentage of aid offered via need-based providers (FAFSA/CSS Profile/Universities), our local/regional scholarship providers and the merit-based aid offered from colleges and universities.
We provide a list of our local and regional scholarships in 2 formats: electronically through the student and parent emails and we also print many of the applications/flyers and post them in the College & Career Center for students and parents to browse and copy. These lists are by no means comprehensive, but a great place to start. We try to share as many scholarship opportunities as we are aware of.
Please visit us in the College & Career Center and browse through our Scholarship books. These books can help you find scholarships in the area where you will be attending college.
Lastly, visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship web pages of the Colleges and Universities you have applied to.
Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
- Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!).
- Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
- CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
- Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
- Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
- Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
- Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
- KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
- HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
- American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
- Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
- UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
- Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
Financial Aid Links
- FAFSA Tutorial Website (created by UCSB)
- California Dream Act
- Smart Guide Financial Aid
- California Financial Aid
- I Can Afford College
- Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation
- California Student Aid
- College Scholarships
- Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund
Student Loan Information:
Consumer Affairs Loan Reviews
Financial Aid Support for Undocumented Students
The Point Foundation
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
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Dear College Reps !
Please use the online scheduler, Scoir, to book appointments with us. If you do not have access or do not want to use Scoir, please email Mr. Miguel Briseno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Santa Barbara High College and Career Center will publicize these recruitment events through email, Parent/StudentSquare, Instagram, and through our website in order for students to learn how to attend virtually. A staff member from the College & Career Center will join the session, introduce the recruiter, and then remain on the virtual recruitment session for its entirety. If students do not join the virtual session after ten minutes, the session will end.
- Visits must be scheduled at least five days in advance using Scoir. Visits are only available from 8:45 - 9:30AM, 11:45-12:30PM, 3:30-4:15PM, and 4:15-5:00PM Monday through Friday beginning August 25th through the end of November.
- The recruiter will be provided a Zoom link from the College & Career Center.
Military and Peace Recruiters -
- If military or peace recruiters would like to schedule a virtual visit to Santa Barbara High, please contact Miguel Briseno the College and Career Center Counselor directly.
What is a Resume?
A short document that states relevant information regarding your education, skills, experiences, accomplishments, and job related interests.
It is used to market yourself to employers, telling what skills you can bring to a particular company or organization so you will be considered for a job.
Click on the buttons below to view helpful resources!
Using your SCOIR accountSCOIR provides a variety of experiences and solutions for everyone involved in the college search, selection and application process.
- Login to SCOIR - use the login with Google option and select your District email
- Register your SCOIR account - new to SCOIR? Read the instructions to set up your account using your District email
- Welcome to SCOIR - various help articles about how to use SCOIR
- Inviting Parents/Guardians - invite your parents to access your SCOIR account so they can offer suggestions and view college financial calculators
- Making the most of SCOIR in Virtual Times