University description (as per official university website)
About Allan Hancock College
Allan Hancock College, founded in 1920 as Santa Maria Junior College, is one of the 110 California public community colleges. As the only college in the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District, it serves all of northern Santa Barbara County, a portion of eastern San Luis Obispo County, and part of Ventura County, spanning an area of more than 3,000 square miles. The district's service area has approximately 300,000 residents who enjoy California living at its best. The area has a mild climate, with temperatures ranging from 55 to 85 degrees year-round, and boasts nearby sunny beaches, mountains, forests, farmlands, and crisp, clean air. A wide variety of cultural and recreational activities are available, and there are also many award-winning wineries in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The area's economy is based on retail, agriculture, and light manufacturing. The college district includes Santa Maria, Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Guadalupe, New Cuyama, Cuyama, Solvang, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Hills, Mesa Oaks, Casmalia,and parts of San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
The college's main campus is located on the California Central Coast in Santa Maria, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Santa Maria is adjacent to the coastal cities of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Pismo Beach. Satellite centers include the Lompoc Valley Center, opened in 1999; the Solvang Center, opened in 2000 to better serve the residents of the Santa Ynez Valley; and the Vandenberg Air Force Base Center, which serves active duty military personnel stationed at the base, in addition to other residents of the Lompoc Valley. The college also provides classes at other locations in the region.
In every sense, Allan Hancock College is a college for the community. More than 98 percent of its students come from the local area. It offers opportunities for those who want to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree, earn an associate degree, prepare for a career, upgrade their skills, or simply learn for the love of it. Because it offers so much to so many, its course offerings are wide and varied.
Enrollment in the college's credit curriculum is more than 12,000 students per semester, while Community Education serves more than 5,500 students each semester. Credit students enroll in more than 1,300 courses offered in nearly 150 fields of study via 12 academic departments.
Approximately 1,300 faculty, staff, and students are employed by the district, making the college one of the 12 largest employers in Santa Barbara County, and the fifth largest in northern Santa Barbara County. Its economic impact on the community is more than $200 million annually.
You Can Afford College!
Simple steps and important information about obtaining financial aid.
Some Things You Should Know
• Do not assume you don’t qualify for financial aid. In fact, one out of two applicants receives financial assistance.
• Applying for financial aid is free! Simply complete the form online at www.fafsa.gov.
• For maximum financial award, apply by March 2. You can still apply after that date and anytime throughout the year.
Financial aid available:
Grants: Free money for college costs that does not require repayment.
Loans: Money, borrowed at a low interest rate, that requires repayment after leaving college.
Scholarships: Free money based on various criteria such as academic merit or program of study, that does not require repayment.
• Financial aid can be used for college costs such as enrollment fees, books, transportation costs, living expenses and more.
Think college is out of reach?
The truth is, just about everyone who wants to go to college can afford it. Nationwide, seven out of ten full-time college students receive financial aid. In fact, last year, more than $4 million in grants, scholarships, and loans was awarded to Allan Hancock College students.
College is possible!
7 Easy Steps to Financial Aid Success!
1. Make the right choice---say yes to college!
2. Obtain the financial aid application (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov.
3. Obtain the California Community College Board of Governor’s fee waiver (BOG) form. The simple application is in the AHC schedule of classes, at the AHC financial aid office, and online HERE. Acrobat PDF File 84k
4. Complete the FAFSA and BOG applications (we will help you!). If you submit the FAFSA online your results will be provided in about three days; via mail, your results will be provided in six weeks. BOG eligibility can usually be determined in minutes right at the AHC financial aid office.
5. Follow up with the AHC financial aid office staff to complete the financial aid process. This could involve providing specific paperwork, as needed.
6. Check with the AHC financial aid office staff about available scholarships. More than $300,000 is available each year from the Allan Hancock College Foundation for Allan Hancock College students!
7. You are done! Your efforts could pay off with up to $8,000 dollars annually to help with college costs.