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Academic Calendar

Winter 2015  Spring 2015

6 week: 1/5/2015 - 2/12/2015


​16 week: 2/17/2015 - 6/16/20115
1st 8 week: 2/17/2015 - 4/10/2015
12 week: 3/9/2015 - 6/5/2015
2nd 8 week: 4/20/2015 - 6/12/2015


Fees & Financial Assistance 

What are the fees?


*Fees are subject to change without notice. 

Enrollment Fee  $46.00 per unit*
Assoc. Students Membership Fee $19.50 (optional)
Student ID Card Fee $13.00  (optional)
Student Health Fee Spring 2015 $19.00 - Winter 2015 $16.00
Parking Fee Spring 2015 $85.00- Winter 2015 $45.00 

Non-Resident Students must pay an additional $279 per unit in out-of-state tuition (except if AB947 exemption is proven). For more information, go to the Admissions Fees website.

Financial Assistance

The California community college system is funded by the State of California. Students who meet state residency requirements pay an enrollment fee. However, students who receive CalWorks/Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), Social Security Income (SSI), or General Relief (GR), or whose income meets specific criteria may qualify for a BOG Fee Waiver to cover certain costs associated with enrollment.

The BOG Fee Waiver, however, will NOT cover the Health Services fee or the Associated Students membership fee. Before starting enrollment procedures, please contact the Financial Aid Office or check the website to determine your eligibility for a BOG Fee Waiver.

Santa Monica College also offers other types of financial assistance, including both federal and state financial aid to help pay some of the basic costs of living while attending college. Many of these financial aid programs have early deadlines and require time to review applications, so be sure to start the financial aid process as soon as possible.

If you feel that you need financial aid to help you achieve your educational goals, stop by the Financial Aid Office, which is open Monday & Thursday from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (hours subject to change without notice).
For additional information, please see the Financial Aid Office's website or call (310) 434-4343. 

How & when do I pay?


Winter 2015: There are no payment deadlines for the Winter 2015 session

Spring 2015: Payment of enrollment fees is due by Jan. 14, 2015 @ 7pm(Domestic and International Students)

Payment of enrollment and related students fees (mandatory fees and non-resident tuition) is due by Jan 14th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

If you enroll into Spring semester courses after January 14th, 2015 at 7p.m. you must pay your fees and have a zero balance the same day (by midnight) or you will lose your seat.

Go online and apply for financial aid! Check out the online BOG waiver form and find other helpful information.

How to pay fees:

How to pay for your classes. You may pay online or in person with a Visa or MasterCard; mail a pre-printed, personal check; or pay in person at the Santa Monica College Bursar's Office on the main campus. Non-resident tuition may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, cashier's check or by a pre-printed, personal check from an in-state California bank. A twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee will be assessed for dishonored checks, invalid credit cards, or card numbers entered in error and may result in cancellation of your enrollment.

Fee postponement information

The option is no longer available.

How to apply for a bog

Check out the financial aid office website for details about how to apply for a Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver. 

Communication with you
All official communication from Santa Monica College will be sent to your SMC student email account (example: It is the students' responsibility to check this email or forward it to your preferred email account.
Did you complete your math & English/ESL placement tests?

If you are a continuing student and have not yet completed both tests, you will not be able to enroll in Winter/Spring 2015 courses. You will be on "assessment hold." The sooner you take the tests the better. Please go to the Assessment Center's website for testing hours and requirements.


If you are looking for somewhere to live or are looking for a roommate, check out the Outreach housing resources page.

How to plan your schedule

  • First year (non transfer) students can see counselors in the Welcome Center Mon-Thurs from 8AM-5PM and closed on Fridays. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Students can also make an appointment with a Transfer Counseling Center Counselor by calling (310)434-4210.
  • Students who are part of a special program (Ex: EOP&S, the Latino Center, the International Student Counseling Office, the Veteran's Program) should call those programs to arrange an appointment.  Go to the counseling website for contact information:

Transportation & parking information

All SMC students with a current semester AS sticker on their SMC student I.D. can get this card ("activated") to ride ANY Big Blue Bus ANY time! Special thanks go to the SMC Associated Students for funding this major expansion of SMC's transportation initiative—launched in 2007 in partnership with the Big Blue Bus—aimed at improving access to SMC and reducing traffic, noise, and air pollution in the community. Click here for more details.

On-Campus and Satellite Campus
Parking Decals
An on-campus parking decal does NOT guarantee you a parking space. What a parking decal does is entitle you to use on-campus student parking areas on a space-available, first-arrival basis.
NOTE: Your parking decal is for ON-CAMPUS PARKING ONLY—it is NOT a residential (street) parking permit.

For parking at SMC's main campus, you MUST purchase a parking decal for $85 for the Fall/Spring semesters ($45 for Summer/Winter). This decal provides access to parking lots at ALL SMC campuses. Parking decals may be purchased online through the Corsair Connect. Students who receive benefits under Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), SSI, or a general assistance program are eligible for a parking fee reduction, provided that they have been awarded a Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver for the academic year.

Parking at an SMC satellite campus—Academy of Entertainment & Technology, Airport Arts, Bundy, or the Performing Arts Center—is FREE for students attending classes there, but REQUIRES A DECAL. Satellite campus decals may be picked up in person or—for a small fee to cover mailing costs—requested online through CORSAIR CONNECT. Click here for more details.
Parking at the BUNDY CAMPUS LOT is FREE for SMC students and staff. Please consult SMC's transportation website for the latest details.

Inter-campus shuttle service is FREE from the Performing Arts Campus (SMC I.D. required). Students should use the Big Blue Bus (Activated SMC I.D. required) to get to the main campus from the other satellite campus locations. Please consult SMC's parking website for routes and operating hours.

Handicap Parking: The display of a DMV handicap placard AND an SMC parking decal entitles you to park in any handicap, student, or staff parking space.

How to get your student ID card

To get your ID card, visit the Bursar's office or the Bursar's office Annex at the Admissions office during the first week of class. 
The ID card is used to check out books from the SMC Library and for attendance credit at campus tutoring centers and course-related labs. You will need this I.D. card to be "activated" at the Bursars office or Admission office to ride "Any Line, Any Time" FREE on the Big Blue Bus. Click here for more details.

How to buy your books

Santa Monica College Bookstore

Tips on Searching for Textbooks
At Santa Monica College Bookstore, you can easily locate textbooks by using our outstanding search functionality. The most unique and most effective way to locate your textbooks would be to search by course. However, Santa Monica College Bookstore also gives you the option to search using the ISBN, the author's name or even the title of the textbook. If you choose to search by ISBN, make sure you type the 10 or 13 digit number correctly, without any dashes. If you choose to search by Author, we suggest you specify only the last name from the Author's name. For example, conduct a search for "Smith" to find all titles by Jonathan Smith. If you choose to search by title, we suggest you specify exact wording of the title. This includes the use of articles such as A, AN, AND, and THE. When searching for author or title, if an exact match is not found, the closest match to your criteria will display.

How to get a job on campus

The following website will provide you with a list of Federal Work Study and Student Help job opportunities in various departments.

How to get student health insurance through SMC

SMC is proud to offer student health insurance. This health insurance plan is only offered to INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (holding an F-1 visa). The plan is administered by Renaissance Insurance Agency in Santa Monica (1-800-537-1777).

Click here for a complete description of the benefits, definitions, limitations and exclusions of this plan.

Study abroad options

This is a life changing opportunity! Click here for details about upcoming study abroad opportunities offered at SMC.


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