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Student Parents and Family Resources

Learn more about resources available to our student parent community. We are here to support you in your personal and academic goals!

Visit the Financial Aid Office at Allan Hancock College to find out about financial opportunities that support your tuition, fees and school supplies. 

As a student you may be eligible to have your tuition & fees covered through one of the many programs available. Complete your FAFSA or CA Dream Act before enrolling or stop by Financial Aid in Building A, 1st floor for support!

Apply for FAFSA 

Apply for CA Dream Act

For questions about Financial Aid:

Santa Maria Campus
Building A-101, First Floor Student Services
805-922-6966 ext. 3200

Lompoc Valley Campus
Building 1, Administration
805-922-6966 ext. 5251

The Orfalea Children's Center Lab

The Orfalea Children's Center Lab School, housed in the Family and Consumer Education Center (Building I), provides quality care for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers between three months and five years of age.

The center serves as the lab school for Early Childhood Studies students, who assist the credentialed staff in providing an enriched learning environment designed to foster social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth for young children.

Lab schools serve to provide enriching learning opportunities to Early Childhood Studies students, who are aspiring educators. 

The Orfalea and Lompoc Children's Center Lab School is open for: 

Fall & Spring Hours Monday – Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m

Summer Hours Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For the application and eligibility and fees information, visit the Orfalea Children's Center Lab School webpage.

For questions about the lab school reach out to Maria Suarez, Director at

Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
The mission of the Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County is to provide families with education, care, and resources for children, guardians, parents and caregivers. 

Assistance includes finding child care, financial assistance for child care, child care referrals, and educational support. 

For questions about the resources, you may visit them at Children's Resource & Referrals

They are located at 124 Carmen Lane Suite C, Santa Maria, CA 93458 or call 805-925-7071

CalFresh, a nutrition assistance program that helps low income individuals and families buy food that they need. CalFresh is extra money to help meet your food needs. 

Learn about the requirements or visit Basic Needs in G101, for help on applying or call 805-922-6966 ext. 3927 for help!

Women, Infants & Chldren Programs (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk.

WIC Office Locations 

Food Share, Because We Care 

Every Thursday of the month, students are welcomed to pick up non-perishable food and produce at the Mechanics Bank student center patio located on the South side of building G.

Services are provided at both AHC sites:

Santa Maria, starting at 11:30 a.m.
LVC, starting at 2:30 p.m. 

Spike's Snack Shack (Previously Lunch Locker)

Spike's Snack Shack is designed for students to have access to non-perishable food items on Monday- Friday. The shack is accessible to students in both the Lompoc and Santa Maria campuses. Students may grab 3 snacks per day. 

Santa Maria Campus, Student Center - G101
Mon.- Thurs: 8:00 am -6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Lompoc Valley Campus, Building 1- 102
Mon.- Tues: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed. - Thurs: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Food Bank of Santa Barbara County
The food bank is a great resource for individuals to utilize and get access to food, education, and other resources within their communities.

County Wide Food Distribution locations and list: 
Food Distributions

The lactation room is accessible to any AHC student or employee and are intended to serve as a convenient, private and comfortable space where parents can express breast milk or nurse while at work or attending class.

Resources in Lactation Room:

  • Couches
  • Microwave
  • Refigerator 
  • Sink

The Lactation Room is located in Building A, Room A-405 (2nd Floor) 

For help accessing the Lactation Room:
VP of Student Services Office,
Bldg. A- 213; 805- 922- 6966 ext. 3338 or 

Human Resources, 
Bldg. B- 205; 805-922-6966 ext. 3650


  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS)  
      • Provides no-cost and low-cost quality childcare services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a state certified preschool to enable student-parents to remain in school. 
      • Coordinates the delivery of comprehensive personal and academic support services to participating parents via the Center’s extensive network of on-campus and community-based services. 
      • Provides unit-bearing practicum experience in the Children’s Center Lab School for Early Childhood Studies (ECS) students. 
      • Engages families as partners in their child’s education by participating in Center and home-based activities that support early literacy and healthy child development. 
      • Provides Twilight Childcare Program
        • Summer: 5:45-9:15pm M-Th
        • Fall and Spring: 6:15-9:45pm M-Th  
      • Provides research-based supplemental educational materials to support early literacy in the home. 

Visit the CCampis Program Webpage to learn more or for more information, please contact Anakela Francisco, CCAMPIS Enrollment Coordinator at 1-805-922-6966 ex. 3580 or email at

AHC students who are parents with dependent children under age 18 may qualify for priority registration!

Priority registration for Fall 2023-2024 is July 1st!

Allan Hancock College has partnered with the Santa Maria Regional Transit (SMRT), formerly the Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT), to offer free student bus passes to all currently enrolled Allan Hancock College students active for the term they are enrolled in.

Visit Transportation within Basic Needs, for help downloading the SMRT App. Other support includes Bus passes to Lompoc and San Luis Obispo County. 

Reach out to the Basic Needs Office in G-101 or 805-922-6966 ext 3927 for questions.