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Pico Promise Transfer Academy


The Pico Promise Transfer Academy (PPTA) is a joint partnership between Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica. The Pico Promise Transfer Academy is designed to meet the needs of the underserved, under-represented youth living in close proximity to the College. The program assists and motivates young residents of the Pico neighborhood to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree (BA, BS).  PPTA is sponsored by the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica College.

Who can apply?

You are eligible for the Pico Promise Transfer Academy if you:

  • Are 16-24 years old
  • Attended Santa Monica High School, Olympic High School, and/or Malibu High School; or live in the City of Santa Monica
  • Have financial need as verified by FAFSA
  • Complete a PPTA application

What does the program offer?

  •   Academic, career, and wellness counseling
  •   Assistance with enrollment and early registration
  •   Supplemental instruction
  •   Assistance with FAFSA
  •   Help with buying textbooks and supplies
  •   College visits

How can I apply? 

(1)  You must attend an Information Session, please call (310) 434-4926 to schedule.  

(2)  Please turn in your packet with the completed application, additional forms and documents as soon as possible to the Pico desk in the Counseling Complex. 


For more information about Pico Promise Transfer Academy, please contact the PPTA office at



The Pico Promise Transfer Academy Staff:

Wendi DeMorst      Project Manager         (310) 434-3419

Aimee Lem, Counselor                                 (310) 434-4138

Steve Brooks, Counselor                          Steven_        (310) 434-8478

Jeanette Ciciora, Student Services Clerk     (310) 434-4926