The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward applying and getting federal aid for college, career
school, or graduate school. Santa Monica College will use your FAFSA data to determine
your eligibility for state and school aid. All students are encouraged to complete
and submit a FAFSA by March 2nd of each year.
How to Apply for FAFSA
- Access the FAFSA to submit your FAFSA application early!
- Create an FSA ID. This is your federal student number to apply for financial aid.
DREAM ACT (For AB 540/SB 68 Eligible Students)
How to Apply for CA DREAM Act
Submit a DREAM Act Application online (SMC School Code: 00128600). Priority Deadline for Cal Grant program is March 2nd.
Submit an AB 540 Affidavit to Admissions and Records Office with an official High School Transcript, GED certificate or the equivalent.
4. Meet with a college counselor to develop an education plan to help you achieve your goals.
Beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, to apply for the CCPG, please complete the FAFSA if you are a U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. If you do not meet the citizenship qualification but meet the AB540 residency standards, please complete the California Dream Act Application to determine your eligibility.
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A BACHELOR'S PROGRAM MUST APPLY FOR THE CCPG FEE WAIVER THROUGH THE FAFSA OR CALIFORNIA DREAM ACT APPLICATION.
- FAFSA: 001286
- CA Dream Act: 00128600
Log in to your SMC Corsair Connect financial aid portal.
All communication from the Santa Monica College Financial Aid Office will be sent to you via email or posted on your financial aid portal. For example, your estimated award letter will include information about your eligibility for federal and state financial aid, the type of award (California College Promise Grant, Cal Grant, Pell, SEOG, Work Study, etc.) and dollar amounts awarded to you.
*An award is based on the number of units enrolled in each semester and subject to change based on academic standing. See the orientation page for the breakdown of enrollment.
Note: Students can only receive federal financial aid (grants and loans) from one college at a time. If you plans to attend two colleges concurrently, you must decide which college you will receive your financial aid assistance from.
You can submit most documents through the new paperless system called Corsair eDocs!
October 1, 2022 2023-2024 FAFSA Available
November 1, 2022 Financial Aid Census Date
December 2, 2022 Loan Application Request
December 20, 2022 SAP Appeal Deadline
December 31, 2022 Scholarships Deadline
January 29, 2023 Financial Aid Census Date
February 6, 2023 First Disbursement **
April 25, 2023 Financial Aid Census Date
** Full disbursement process may take 1-2 weeks from date listed above. Please check Financial Aid Portal on Corsair Connect for a more accurate date.
This online phone system allows you to place yourself in a queue to receive a callback from a Financial Aid staff member.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Add yourself to the "line" by clicking on the link below. You will be asked for
your name, ID number, and phone number. Please make sure to fill out all information
2. We will send you texts to keep you updated of your place in line.
3. Once we are ready for you, we will call you at the number provided.
***The QLess line will close automatically if the wait time exceeds 2-3 hours or the number of available representatives, but you can periodically try again to access the QLess line. Depending on the current student wait time, we may not be able to reopen for the day.
QLess : Remote drop-in hours
- Mondays: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12p.m.