Santa Monica College is here to help students like you achieve your goals and dreams.

The six easy steps below help guide you through the process of becoming an SMC student. Each step is required. Enrolling in classes at SMC highlights your commitment to your future!

  1. Apply

    Create an OpenCCC account and submit your SMC application. Once applied, an SMC ID number will be sent to the email address entered on your application.

  2. Apply for Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available to help students meet their educational expenses. Fill out the FAFSA, or Dream Act for AB540 students (California residents may be eligible for additional financial aid).

  3. Complete Orientation

    New students must complete the online orientation in order to receive an enrollment date and enroll in classes.

  4. Review Course Placement

    Your Math and English placements determine your course readiness. Meet with a counselor to assist you in enrolling in the appropriate Math and English courses.

  5. Develop Education Plan / See Counselor

    Meet with a counselor to assist you with your educational plan, course selections, transfer questions, and to learn about campus resources.

  6. Enroll in Classes

    Add counselor-recommended courses in Corsair Connect after your enrollment date. Pay your fees either through Corsair Connect or in-person at the Bursar’s Office.

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