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Frequently Asked Questions


Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, many of our students are eligible for grants and scholarships offered through various community partners. Please note that you must apply for financial aid PRIOR to enrolling in courses or paying any tuition or fees, unless otherwise noted.


How do I enroll?

To enroll in any program other than ESL, High School Diploma / GED, or Parent & Child Education, please visit our enrollment site. Enrollment opens during the following windows each year:

  • Spring Semester - December
  • Summer Session - May
  • Fall Semester - July

View Enrollment site

Where is the Pearson Vue Testing Center?

Our Pearson VUE Testing Center is located in Room 405, near the center of campus. A video walk-through and map are available here. Please note that you do NOT need to check in with the Business Office (Room 301)  before proceeding to the Testing Center.


What does "open-entry" mean?

Many of programs, including Business & Computers, Machine Technology, and Welding (pending wait list), offer open-entry enrollment to allow students to begin a program at any time, not just during our Spring, Summer, and Fall registration periods.

Open-entry also means that students are able to move at their own pace. With a competency-based approach to learning, students can accelerate their path to earning certificates based on the number of hours they spend in class every week.

This style of enrollment is often ideal for those who work full-time, take care of children, or simply need flexibility in their schedule.

Please note that you will need to obtain a registration form for open-entry programs before coming to the Business Office (Room 301):

  • Business & Computers - Room 203
  • Machine Technology - Room 606
  • Welding - Counseling Office, Room 402 (pending wait list)

When can I apply for Respiratory Therapy or Surgical Technology?

You can only apply for Respiratory Therapy or Surgical Technology once a year. Applications are available online and in the Counseling Office beginning in January when Spring semester enrollment opens. Once the application period closes, we will not accept any additional applicants until the next calendar year.

View Respiratory Therapy program page

View Surgical Technology Page

How do I request my transcripts?

Transcripts, proof of training verifications, and archive records requests are available for a nominal fee in the following programs:

Cosmetology Programs Transcripts

High School Diploma / GED Transcripts

Medical Programs Transcripts

Where can I see upcoming classes?

You can see all of our upcoming courses by viewing the catalog online or picking up a hard copy in the Counseling Office (Room 402) or Business Office (Room 301).

View Catalog

Is the salon open?

Yes! After months of renovation, we are excited to announce that The Salon at Simi Institute has reopened. To schedule an appointment, please call: 805.579.6275.

View salon services & appointment information



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