SMC Graduates

#1 in transfers of Latinx students to the University of California!

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SMC By the Numbers


In transfers for 30 years


Degrees and Certificates


In financial aid and textbook vounchers

Free Enrollment & Up to $1,200 for Textbooks*

Santa Monica College Promise Program

New full-time students (12 units or more per semester) are eligible for free enrollment and payment of AS, health, and student ID fees!

We also want to help you offset the high cost of textbooks.

  • $100 for summer session
  • $500 for fall semester
  • $100 for winter session
  • $500 for spring semester

* Textbook vouchers for students who qualify for the California College Promise Grant.

Programs to Help You Succeed

Adelante Program

The Adelante Program is a support program created by the Latino Center in 1989. It provides counseling and academic advisement to help students strengthen their skills, acquire the information, and develop the support system to confidently and successfully navigate college.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

SMC offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to help you attain your educational goals.

The California Dream Act allows undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions apply for and receive private scholarships through public universities, state administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers.

Drive Thru Food Pantry

The Santa Monica College Foundation Meal Project provides groceries and meals to students at risk of hunger and food insecurity.

Every Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. there is a drive-thru food pantry serving students.

“Adelante provided me access to critical information that led to my academic success.”

Lina Lopez / SMC Alumnus

What Students Are Saying

Keily Molina

Keily Molina

Transfer To
UC Santa Barbara

Being a firstgen student, I was told that attending a 4-year university would be a great honor for my family. They did not know the struggles I was facing, and I can honestly say that attending SMC has been one of the BEST decision of my life.

I got into all the schools I applied to and I couldn’t be happier with what the outcome was. The clubs & program I participated in shaped me into the person I am now.

Jose F. Herrera

Jose F. Herrera

Transfer To

I came to SMC in 1997 when I was 34 years old and determined to follow my academic dreams, which I had to put aside once I became a father. Ten years after, I returned to finish what I had started.

I’m so appreciative of SMC for accommodating classes and staff to support and help find answers. My deep appreciation for the Adelante Latino Center Program staff in helping and supporting me.

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