​Applying to SMC is Easy!

  1. Create an OpenCCC account. You will need a real email address.
  2. Select Santa Monica College and complete your application.
  3. Immigration status, regardless of DACA-eligibility, does not affect admission eligibility. Undocumented students may attend SMC and are encouraged to apply for a Nonresident Tuition Exemption​ if they qualify (see below).
  4. Under California and federal law, SMC does not disclose information to any agency or person without the consent of the student (except when compelled to do so through a Court-issued subpoena)

Special Instructions for Admission Application

A ​Social Security Number Is Not Needed

  • Reporting a Social Security Number or Individual Tax Payer Identification Number on the application is optional. If you have received a SSN through DACA or you have an ITIN, you may report it. If you do not want to provide it, or do not have one, you will be asked to check a box at the bottom of the page labeled “Check this box if you do not have a Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, or decline to provide one at this time.”

Citizenship Question: Choose "Other"

  • In the C​itizenship/Military section of the application, choose “Other” from the drop-down menu and click the box labeled “No documents.” ​

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After You Apply

  • ​You will recieve further instructions on how to submit your AB540/California Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request form.​​ 
    • We will accept an unofficial high school transcript showing you are a high school graduate. 
    • If enrollment for the Summer or Fall terms starts before your June high school graduation, we will accept the Exemption form above if you meet the eligibility requirements, and will allow you to submit an unofficial transcript showing your high school progress to-date. This will allow you to temporarily postpone your fees and keep your classes (you won't be dropped for nonpayment). However, you must follow-up with an official transcript showing you graduated high school. This transcript must be received no later than September 15. Otherwise, you will owe the full noresident tuition.​
  • Submit your California Dream Act Application​

What is the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption​

  • ​California Community College students who qualify for the Nonresident Tuition Exemption (previously referred to as AB540 Exemption) will be charged in-state enrollment fees--currently $46 per unit, and not the supplemental tuition charged to nonresidents.
  • Criteria to qualify may be found​ ont he Exemption form.

What is the California Dream Act?​

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