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Does the book voucher expire?
FAQ on book vouchers
Are the book vouchers given on a first-come basis or will everyone who is eligible
to receive it?
Once deemed eligible, you may go to the Bookstore and use your voucher, according
to the following schedule:
Summer: $100 to use June 8 – July 17
Fall: $500 to use August 17 – October 30
Winter: $100 to use December 7 – January 15
Spring: $500 to use February 2 – April 23
Yes. The book voucher may be used only during the semester it is awarded by the specific
Yes. Just go back to the Bookstore with your original receipts and books.
The book voucher may only be used online at the SMC Bookstore while the physical store is closed due to COVID-19
Only if they are on the list of required materials submitted by the instructor to
the Bookstore. You may also use it to purchase the SMC Promise Starter Kit.
Students eligible for a second year of SMC Promise will still get the book voucher.
FAQ on SMC Promise eligibility
Yes. You will get confirmation of being an SMC Promise student once you complete the
necessary form on Corsair Connect. An email confirmation will follow.
Proof that you attended a California high school and received your GED/CHSPE in 2020
is required to qualify. Take your documentation to Admissions and let them know you
qualify for the SMC Promise.
No. Only students graduating high school in the previous academic year qualify for
the SMC Promise. A gap year will disqualify you from eligibility.
All California high schools, public and private are eligible.
Students must stay enrolled in 12 units throughout the semester to qualify. Dropping
below 12 units will disqualify you from the SMC Promise in future terms. Before you
drop classes, see a counselor for assistance to help you remain eligible. Failure
to meet SMC Promise requirements may also result in you having to pay your fees or
to repay any fees SMC may have already covered. A hold will be placed on your record
until the fees are paid back.
If you are an eligible student, go to Corsair Connect where you will see a popup message informing you of how to accept the award.If you
do not see this message, you are not eligible. If you believe you are, go to the Welcome
Center and explain.
Effective with students starting in Fall 2020, SMC Promise student may make up the
units during Winter, but Spring eligibility will be determined after the final grade
for the class is posted to the transcript.
Example: Student completed 9 out of the 12 units in fall. This would normally result in the
loss of SMCP starting spring. However, student may now enroll and complete a minimum
of 3 units in Winter to make up the unit deficiency. Together (Fall + Winter), the
student would have the required 12 units completed for ongoing eligibility.
While it is to their advantage to repeat the class as soon as possible to improve
their academic or progress standing, the student is not specifically required to repeat
the class during the Winter session. The student may instead enroll in any class,
such as one on their education plan. The bottom line is that the student needs to
make up the unit deficiency to retain SMCP eligibility.
FAQ on SMC Promise enrollment fees
Free enrollment eligibility is guaranteed so long as you complete all requirements, including
enrolling and completing a minimum of 12 units each semester. You will also be eligible
for summer and winter of the academic year, provided you enroll and complete 12 or
Yes. You will receive a refund a few weeks after the term has ended.
If you successfully complete 12 units in the Fall semester and enroll in at least
12 units in Winter and in Spring, then yes.
Yes. To get your student ID card, simply go to the Cashier's Office and let the staff
know you are a Promise student.
Students eligible for a second year of SMC Promise will still get the book voucher
or the free enrollment, if they qualify for the California College Promise Grant.