University description (as per official university website)
Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in northern Santa Barbara County. Approximately 11,500 credit students enroll each semester at one of the college's four locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang or at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The main campus is in Santa Maria, a 105 acre park-like setting that provides students with exceptional teaching and state of the art technology.
The college offers opportunities for those who want to begin a bachelor's degree (university degree), earn an associate degree (two-year degree), prepare for a career or upgrade skills. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 100 areas of study. Allan Hancock College is well known for its English as a second language program, its professional theatre program, and for providing superior support services for its students, including counseling and tutoring .
The Santa Maria Valley
The Santa Maria Valley lies between the Sierra Madre mountains and the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Situated on the northern edge of Santa Barbara County, it is centrally located between Los Angeles, 170 miles to the south and San Francisco, 260 miles to the north. Known for its western flair and friendly spirit, Santa Maria's history is grounded in the Old West and agriculture. Santa Maria, California's mild temperatures range from 55-80 degrees year-round.
(For more on Santa Maria, go to www.santamaria.com)
With about 98,000 residents in the city of Santa Maria, population growth has averaged 2.3% over the last two years.
You Can Afford College!
Simple steps and important information about obtaining financial aid.
Some Things You Should Know
Do not assume you dont 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!