Santa Monica College supports undocumented students throughout their journey in education. Immigration status does not affect admission eligibility regardless of DACA-eligibility. We offer a variety of services and resources to further the success of our current and future students.
Requirements for New Students
- Must be 18 years of age or older; or
- Younger student who has graduated from a regionally accredited high school; or
- 16 years of age and possessing a "Student Score Report" for passing the California High School Proficiency Examination.
- Requirements differ for High School Concurrent Enrollment Students.
Steps to Apply:
To begin the application process, you will need to create an account or sign in to OpenCCC, fill out the application, and submit. Be sure to read through the instructions carefully to expedite processing. If you completed your application correctly, you will receive a confirmation number and an email with the next steps.
Note: 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).
Complete the California Dream Act Application
AB 540 students should complete the California Dream Act Application. The earlier you apply, the better.
Submit a Nonresident Tuition Exemption and high school transcriptsEligible AB 540 students qualify to pay in-state enrollment fees. Submit a Nonresident Tuition Exemption to Admissions and Records, along with your California high school transcript, to determine your eligibility. We will accept an unofficial transcript showing you are a high school graduate. Submit transcripts no later than September 15 following your graduation.
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Links and Resources
Contact and Support
- Chat with Pearl! Click on the blue button at the bottom-right.
- QLess: Join our QLess call back line
- Phone: 310-434-4380
Technical Questions (24/7)
If you have previously created an OpenCCC account but do not remember the username or password, you can recover your account information via email or text message by clicking the "Forgot?" tab on the CCCApply sign in screen. You will receive instructions to the selected recover method for recovering your username, and creating a new password. Santa Monica College does not have access to OpenCCC accounts and is unable to assist students in recovering their account information. Please follow up with OpenCCC if you are unable to recover your account using their account recovery system.