A grant is a need-based financial aid that does not need to be paid back.

Full list of Grants


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, textbook vouchers and other benefits for first-time college students who meet certain criteria.

SMC Promise

Work Study

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

Student Employment