Santa Maria Area Colleges and Scholarships

Schools in and around Santa Maria

Allan Hancock College
At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,692 average out-state tuition; $1,288 average in-state tuition
Santa Barbara Business College-Santa Maria
Four or more years; Private for profit; $9,900 average out-state tuition; $9,900 average in-state tuition
CET-Santa Maria
Less than 2 years (below associate); Private not for profit


Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. It is approximately 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Santa Barbara and 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Its estimated 2018 population was 108,470, making it the most populous city in the county and the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area. The city is notable for its wine industry and Santa Maria-style barbecue. Sunset magazine called Santa Maria "The West's Best BBQ Town".

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