SMC Free Enrollment

Santa Monica College Promise

New full-time students (12 units or more per semester) who just graduated from high school are eligible for free enrollment and payment of Associates Students, health and student ID fees!

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)

  • $100 for summer session
  • $500 for the fall semester
  • $100 for the winter session
  • $500 for the spring semester

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Who is Eligible?

  • You graduated from any public or private California high school in 2018 or 2019 and are directly attending SMC as a first-year student.
  • If you graduated in 2018, you are eligible for Spring 2019.
  • If you graduate in 2019, you are eligible for any term in the 2019-20 academic year.
  • You will take 12 units or more per semester.
  • You are a California resident or an AB 540 student.

How to Get Started

All the steps below are required:

  1. Apply to SMC.
  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. Complete orientation, assessment, and education planning.
  4. Enroll in a minimum of 12 units in Fall and Spring semesters. While summer and winter attendance is not mandatory, you must enroll in at least 3 units to qualify for free enrollment or book vouchers. 

Login to Corsair Connect to Sign Up!

Only eligible students will see Promise Program information when logging into Corsair Connect.

For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.


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

Benefits of the Santa Monica College Promise

The Santa Monica College Promise program is designed to help SMC students like YOU achieve your academic goals by providing free enrollment in classes, book vouchers to students eligible for the California College Promise grant, counseling support throughout the year, and priority enrollment in classes. Full-time attendance is required. Only students who have graduated from high schools in California are eligible.

Free Enrollment

Under the Promise Program, SMC will pay for your classes, your Associated Students membership, health, and student ID fees! These fees will be credited to your SMC account around the 60% mark of the term.

$1,200 Textbook Voucher

SMC wants to help you offset the high cost of textbooks. We will give a $100 textbook voucher for Summer session, $500​ for Fall semester, $100 for Winter session, and $500 for Spring semester to students receiving a California College Promise Grant fee waiver (must meet all other eligibility requirements noted above under "Who is Eligible?").

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

Enrollment in First Year Experience Program and Registration Priority

Students in the SMC Promise will receive enrollment in the First Year Experience Program, which includes priority registration.

Academic Counseling Support

Santa Monica College Promise students will receive ongoing academic support from counselors in the FYE program. For each fall and spring semester, a minimum of two meetings with a counselor from the Welcome Center or any counseling program the student may be a part of.