​​SMC Free Enrollment

Note for Spring Promise Students 

Spring 2020 fees for SMC Promise students that were eligible on March 1 will be cleared by the end of the term.  Promise students WILL BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN SUMMER/FALL 2020 even though there is an outstanding balance. ​​​​ Students that drop below 12 units during Spring 2020 may be ineligible for SMC Promise in future terms. If possible, consider enrolling in a late start class to bring you back to 12 units and ensure eligibility for a second year of SMC Promise. For your information, we are awaiting a decision from the CCC Chancellor’s Office and Gov. Newsom on potentially waiving some of the requirements currently mandated by state law for our Promise program. We will notify SMCP students once we know. 

Santa Monica College Promise Perks

Free Enrollment & Fees

  • New full-time students (12 units or more per semester) who just graduated from high school anywhere in California are eligible for free enrollment in classes (a value of up to $2,300 based on current fees); and

  • Free Student ID card, free Associated Students membership, free student representation fee, and free health fee!

Up to $1,200 Textbook Vouchers

SMC wants to help you offset the high cost of textbooks to help YOU achieve your academic goals by providing you textbook vouchers (if eligible for the California College Promise Grant). Textbook vouchers may be used at the SMC Bookstore only during the dates noted.

  • Summer: $100 to use June 8 – July 17

  • Fall: $500 to use August 17 – October 30

  • Winter: $100 to use December 7 – January 15

  • Spring: $500 to use February 2 – April 23

Related content: SMC Partners with OpenStax to Increase Use of Free Textbooks on Campus

Priority Enrollment

  • Get access to early enrollment after your first semester.

Apply for Admission Today!

Who is Eligible?

  • You are a California resident or an AB 540 student.

  • You graduated from any public or private California high school in 2020 and are directly attending SMC as a first-year student.

  • You will take and complete at least 12 units with a grade of A, B, C, D, or P in fall and spring.

    • Winter and summer sessions are optional. However, if you would like to use SMC Promise to pay enrollment fees or to get a textbook voucher, you must complete at least 12 units (this is not an error; state law currently requires 12 units). You can, of course, enroll in fewer units and just pay out-of-pocket or through other aid, if you qualify.

    • Eligible students with disabilities may be approved for fewer than 12 units as a reasonable accommodation. Contact the Center for Students with Disabilities in Room SSC-155 at (310) 434-4265 for more information.

  • To qualify during your second year of school, you must complete 12 units in Fall and Spring in your first year, and reapplying for FAFSA or Dream Act before the start of the first term of your second year.

How to Get Started

All the steps below are required:

  1. Step 1

    Apply to SMC.

  2. Step 2

    Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (AB 540 students). SMC must receive your data before the beginning of the qualifying term.

  3. Step 3

    Complete orientation, placement, and education planning.

  4. Step 4

    Enroll in a minimum of 12 units in Fall and Spring semesters. While summer and winter attendance is not mandatory, you must enroll full-time to qualify for free enrollment or book vouchers.

Log in to Corsair Connect to Sign Up!

Only eligible students will see Promise Program information when logging into Corsair Connect. Once you accept the award by the stated deadline, you will qualify for the terms noted (see below).

Deadline to Accept SMC Promise

Note you only need to accept the SMC Promise once. You will automatically be eligible for the award for the terms noted below so long as you apply by the deadline and meet all eligibility requirements.

  • July 5: For Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring
  • September 13: For Fall, Winter, and Spring
  • January 17: For Winter and Spring
  • February 28: For Spring


For questions about the SMC Promise, contact the Welcome Center: (310) 434-8101.

Enrollment Fees to be Paid by SMC Promise

Under the Promise Program, SMC will pay for your classes, your Associated Students membership, student representation, health, and student ID fees! As an SMC Promise student, you do not need to pay your fees when you enroll and you will not be dropped for nonpayment. Your fees will be paid to your SMC account so long as you maintain your eligibility AFTER the term has ended:

  • Spring 2020: June 16

  • Summer 2020: August 16

  • Fall 2020: December 24

  • Winter 2021: February 13

  • Spring 2021: June 17

Get Your Student ID Card for Free

Once you meet all of the SMC Promise eligibility requirements, go to the Cashier's Office in the Student Services Center to get you free Student ID card. This will allow you to ride the Big Blue Bus for free.

Academic Counseling Support

Santa Monica College Promise students will receive ongoing academic support from counselors in the Welcome Center or any counseling program the student may be a part of. For each semester, a minimum of at least one meeting with a counselor is highly recommended.​​