Admission & Aid

Financial Aid & Scholarships



Welcome to Financial Aid & Scholarships

SMC will award over $75 million in financial aid and scholarships to help you achieve your goals. We offer a variety of financial aid and scholarships to help you reach your goals. At $46/unit SMC offers you a world-class education at half the cost of a 4-year university.

Can I Afford SMC?

SMC costs less than you think. Use our Net Price Calculator to give you an estimate of costs.

Net Price Calculator

Types of Aid Available


A loan is low-interest loan from the government, and must be paid back.

Direct Student & Parent Plus


A scholarship is an awarded fund from foundations, private endowments or individuals, and does not need to be paid back.


California College Promise Grant

The California College Promise Grant (CCPG) waives enrollment fees for eligible California residents.

CCPG Grant

Santa Monica College Promise

The Santa Monica College Promise provides free enrollment, a free chromebook and up to $1200 in textbook vouchers to first-time, full-time students.

SMC Promise

Work Study

A federal work-study (FWS) program that provides employment opportunities to students.

Student Employment

Contact Financial Aid

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Our office will be open during normal business hours operating remotely until further notice.

This online phone system allows you to place yourself in a queue to receive a callback from a Financial Aid staff member.

Speak with Financial Aid: Join QLess Line

QLess 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.

Office Contact

  • Phone: 310-434-4343
  • Fax: 310-434-3650
  • Email:
  • Location: SSC 1st Floor (Campus closed, operating remotely

Office Hours

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Financial Aid Info During COVID-19

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