• ​​​​​International Students are required to take a minimum of 12 units during the semester to maintain F-1 status.
  • Tuition, fees, and health Insurance fees are subject to change without notice.
  • All new F-1 students will pay a mandatory insurance surcharge to cover the seminar and pre-enrollment period before their first term begins.

Fall 2019 - Summer 2020​


AcademicTuition & Fees1 Academic Year
(24 units in 2 semesters, no sessions)
Enrollment Fee $46 per unit
Non-Resident Tuition $300 per unit
Non-Resident Surcharge $24 per unit
Total Non-Resident Tuition $370 per unit
SMC Health Fee$19 per semester; $16 per session$38
Associated Student Fee$19.50 per semester/session$39
ID Card$13 per semester/session$26
Health Insurance (mandatory)$942 for one semester and one session plus $314  initial insurance fee, first semester only.$1,884

** If you enroll in more than 12 units in one semester, you will pay more non-resident tuition because this fee is charged per unit.

For detailed fee information, visit Tuition & Fees for SMC International Students.

Intensive English Program

Fee TypeTuition and Fees
Program Cost Summer: $1,600
Fall: $3,200
Winter: $1,200
Spring: $3,200
Health$19/semester; $16/session
Associated Student - Includes Big Blue Bus (per semester/session)$19.50
ID Card (per semester/session)$13
Health Insurance (mandatory)$942 for one semester and one session plus $314 initial insurance fee, first semester only.

Estimated Expenses

ExpenseEstimate Per 1 MonthEstimate Per 9 Months
Living Expenses$1,284 (based on a homestay with 2 meals per day)$11,556
Books and Supplies$873 per semester$1,746 (2 semesters)
Personal Expenses$351$3,167
Public Transportation$167$1,439

Estimated Total Expenses for Fall 2019 to Summer 2020: $28,775​
Academic year required on the bank statement for SMC Admission

Estimated Dependent Expenses

  • Adult Dependent: $13750 (based on 9 months)
  • Child Dependent: $12250 (based on 9 months)

*Students with free room and board in the Santa Monica area may deduct $6,894 from the total expenses.

Wire Transfer Information

If you choose to wire transfer money to SMC, here are the instructions.

Wire transfer only accepted for:

  • SMC Tuition and School Fees (health and activity)
  • SMC Insurance
  • Application fee or Seminar fee

Do not wire transfer money to SMC for your tuition and fees until you have been accepted to SMC and receive your I-20 and have secured an F-1 Visa.

You will need to include additional funds for every wire transfer to cover the cost of federal wire system and SWIFT Network charges

Send to:

JPMorgan Chase
Government, Not-For-Profit & Healthcare Banking
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Credit to: Santa Monica College
Account #: 569288751
Fed Wire #: 0210000-21

Swift Network #: CHASUS33

Include the Student’s Name & Passport Number & Application Identification Number (Application ID#).

Incoming wires are subject to Federal Wire System charges of $18.00 or SWIFT network charges of $19.00. Charges may change without prior notice.