Admissions & Aid

Under 18 Hold


COVID-19 and Mailed Transcripts

Due to COVID-19, Admissions and Records has limited resources available for processing mailed transcripts. If you have the option, please request Electronic Delivery for any transcripts you request to avoid delays in processing. transcripts may be sent by your high school to

What to Do If You Have an "Under 18 Hold"

To remove an “Under 18 Hold”, the student must demonstrate high school graduation or its equivalency. To do so, students can have documentation demonstrating their fulfillment of these requirements sent directly from the issuing organization to Santa Monica College.

Steps to provide the document from the issuing organization:

  • Provide one of the following documents to Admissions & Records:
  • Official high school transcript showing a graduation date
  • GED score report
  • CHSPE score report
  • HiSET score report
  • TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) score report

We will not accept the CHSPE, HiSET, or TASC certificate, or the GED diploma, without the score report.

  • Transcripts or score reports must be sent directly from the issuing organization electronically to or by mail to:
Santa Monica College
Admissions & Records
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, California 90405

Timeframe to Remove Hold

  1. You should ask the issuing organization how long they estimate it will take for the score report to arrive at Santa Monica College and then allow at least 3-7 additional business days after arrival for processing. 

  2. Then you should call or email to request that your "Under 18 Hold" be removed.


For additional questions, you may email or call 310-434-4380.

Homeschooled Students and Students from Non-Regionally Accredited High Schools

Homeschooled students and students who attended a non-regionally accredited high school who wish to demonstrate high school graduation equivalency must provide the following documents:

Required Documents

  • Official high school transcript: Showing graduation date
  • Private School Affidavit filed with the State: Shows academic calendar year in which the student graduated.

Transcripts are subject to review for content to determine high school graduation equivalency at the discretion of Santa Monica College. Homeschooled students and students who attended a non-regionally accredited high school are strongly advised to take one of the above listed high school proficiency exams (GED, CHSPE, HiSET, or TASC) in order to demonstrate high school graduation equivalency.


Transcripts from non-regionally accredited high schools must be mailed directly by the issuing school to Santa Monica College Admissions and Records.