Note: You must submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination if you are attending on-ground classes
or accessing campus services in-person this fall semester.
If you are enrolled only in online classes and will not visit campus, you do not need
to submit proof at this time.
To submit proof, request exceptions, or learn more about the vaccine program, visit
Santa Monica College provides a variety of resources to assist and encourage students
who need financial assistance.
Financial aid is used to pay for mandatory fees, books, transportation, room and board,
and other education-related costs. Before starting enrollment procedures, contact
the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office is open Monday and Thursday from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours for the Financial Aid Office’s Q-less online phone system are Monday and Thursday
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Hours are subject to change without notice. For additional information, please see smc.edu/financialaid or call 310-434-4343.
SMC offers various types of financial aid:
Grants (Pell Grant, SEOG, Cal Grant B, C, ACG): Need-based assistance that does not need
to be repaid.
California College Promise Grant (CCPG): Need-based enrollment fee waivers for eligible California residents.
Santa Monica College Promise: Free enrollment and fee waivers for students who graduate from a California high
school or complete a high school equivalency test (e.g., GED® or HiSET®) and go directly
to SMC as full-time students (see smc.edu/freetuition for details).
Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds: Federally funded program that provides wages to eligible students for employment.
Loans: Federally administered, low-interest funds that must be repaid.
Scholarships: Awards from foundations and private endowments or individuals.
FAFSA application availableOctober 1
FAFSA and Cal Grant priority deadlineMarch 2
Extended Cal Grant deadlineSeptember 2
You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Possess a Social Security Number (SSN)
Demonstrate financial need (except for SMC Promise and many scholarships)
Have a high school diploma, GED, California High School Proficiency Certificate, or
demonstrate an ability to benefit from post-secondary education
Comply with Selective Service registration (if required)
You can apply as early as October 1, and you do not need to wait to be admitted to
SMC to apply. To be given full consideration, you must apply by March 2.
Create your FSA ID username and password at fsaid.ed.gov. To expedite the financial aid process, have your parent create one also.
Once you receive your PIN, go to the Federal Student Aid website to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Santa Monica College’s
Federal School Code is 001286.
When the FAFSA is sent to the Federal Processor, this information is put through the
eligibility-determining formula and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated.
A Student Aid Report (SAR) on financial aid eligibility will be mailed to you.
If you don’t currently attend Santa Monica College, fill out an application online
at smc.edu/apply for admission. Then sign up for classes online at your appointed date and time. SMC is filled with
dedicated people who want you to succeed, so if you need help, please ask!
Take a shortcut to becoming an SMC student!
Our Welcome Center offers new students assistance with enrollment, orientation, financial
aid, and more. The Welcome Center, located in Student Services Center S110, is providing
services online and on-ground. See smc.edu/newstudents for details.
Free Parking & Shuttle Service
You can park for free
(with a free virtual parking permit) in any SMC parking
lot, and ride the Big Blue Bus to other campuses. Visit smc.edu/transportation for the most current parking and transit information.
Statement of Equal Opportunity
Santa Monica College is committed to equal opportunity in all of its programs and
is in compliance with Equal Opportunity standards as required by Federal and State
laws and District policy. Unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, all smc courses are open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been
admitted to the college and meets the course prerequisites.
Alcohol, Smoking, & Drugs
California state law prohibits the use, sale, possession, or being on campus under
the influence of alcohol or of any controlled substance. (Cal. Ed. Code §§ 76032-76033).
Smoking — including the use of e-cigarettes or vaporizers — is also not permitted
at Santa Monica College, except in outdoor areas temporarily designated as smoking
Use of Image, Likeness, and Voice
When you enter a Santa Monica College campus or event, you enter an area where photography,
film, audio, video, and/or other recording activities in a variety of media may occur.
Santa Monica College reserves the right to engage in these activities and to use photographs,
videos, and electronic or other media images and/or likenesses and/or voice recordings
taken of you on College property and at College-sponsored events for advertising,
marketing, and other promotional purposes, without payment or other compensation to
Santa Monica College provides a variety of support services to individuals with disabilities.
If you require a disability accommodation to attend or participate in a class or
event at SMC, contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-434-4255, at least 5 business days in advance.