Degrees, Certificates, & Transfer Preparation

SMC offers Associate degrees, a specialized Bachelor degree, certificates of achievement, department certificates, and rigorous preparation for transfer in a wide selection of areas of study. See the “Academic Programs” section of the SMC catalog at smc.edu/catalog for complete details.

Areas of Study

Santa Monica College offers courses in the following areas of study:

    • Accounting

    • Administration of Justice

    • African and Middle Eastern Studies

    • American Sign Language

    • Anatomy

    • Animation

    • Anthropology

    • Arabic

    • Art

    • Art History

    • Asian Studies

    • Astronomy

    • Athletic Coaching

    • Automotive Technology

    • Bicycle Maintenance – Noncredit

    • Biological Sciences

    • Biology

    • Botany

    • Broadcasting

    • Business

    • Business – Noncredit

    • Chemistry

    • Chinese

    • Communication Studies

    • Computer Information Systems

    • Computer Science

    • Cosmetology

    • Counseling

    • Counseling – Disabled Student Services

    • Counseling – Disabled Student Services – Noncredit

    • Counseling – Noncredit

    • Dance

    • Digital Media

    • Early Childhood Education

    • Early Childhood Education – Noncredit

    • Economics

    • Education

    • Energy Efficiency

    • Engineering

    • English

    • English – Noncredit

    • ESL – English as a Second Language

    • ESL – Noncredit

    • Entertainment Technology

    • Environmental Science

    • Environmental Studies

    • Ethnic Studies

    • Fashion Design and Merchandising

    • Film Production

    • Film Studies

    • First Aid

    • French

    • General Education

    • General Science

    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    • Geography

    • Geology

    • German

    • Global Studies

    • Graphic Design

    • Health Education

    • Health Education – Noncredit

    • Hebrew

    • History

    • Humanities

    • Interaction Design

    • Interior Architectural Design

    • Italian

    • Japanese

    • Journalism

    • Kinesiology/Physical Education

    • Korean

    • Latin American Studies

    • Liberal Arts

    • Library Studies

    • Linguistics

    • Mathematics

    • Media Studies

    • Microbiology

    • Music

    • Nursing – Registered Nurse

    • Nursing – Noncredit

    • Nutrition and Dietetics

    • Occupational Therapy

    • Office Technology

    • Persian

    • Philosophy

    • Photography

    • Photovoltaic Installation

    • Physics

    • Physiology

    • Political Science

    • Political Science – Noncredit

    • Portuguese

    • Professional Courses in Kinesiology/Physical Education

    • Psychology

    • Public Policy

    • Recycling and Resource Management

    • Religious Studies

    • Respiratory Therapy

    • Russian

    • Science

    • Sociology

    • Spanish

    • Student Activities

    • Studio Arts

    • Theatre Arts

    • Transfer

    • Turkish

    • Urban Studies

    • Varsity Intercollegiate Athletics

    • Women’s Studies

    • Zoology

SMC also offers pre-professional advising for:

  • Chiropractic

  • Dental

  • Dental Hygiene

  • Law

  • Medical

  • Pharmacy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Teacher Preparation

  • Veterinary

Admissions & Records Office Hours

Monday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Hours subject to change without notice. Please go to smc.edu/admissions for updates.

Enrollment by web

Monday – Sunday: 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Web (Corsair Connect): smc.edu/cc

Who May Enroll

You may enroll at Santa Monica College if you:

  • Have graduated from high school, or

  • Are 18 years of age or older, or

  • Are 16 years of age or older and submit an official “Student Score Report” for passing the California High School Proficiency Examination, or

  • Are a qualifying younger student participating in SMC’s Concurrent Enrollment program (see smc.edu/hsce for details),

    and

  • You meet the residency requirements, and can profit from the program.

Please note:
All official communication from Santa Monica College will be sent to students at their SMC student email address (last name_first name@student.smc.edu). You can check your student email account by logging into Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc and clicking on the SMC Mail icon. Be sure to check your SMC student email often!

Applying for Admission

Continuing students do NOT have to reapply for admission. If you have never attended Santa Monica College (new student), or have been away for two or more consecutive semesters (returning student), or applied to SMC but did not actually enroll in a class, you must first:

  • File an application for admission online (go to smc.edu/apply and click on ‘Launch Application Online’ to get started);

  • Prepare for and complete the assessment in English (or ESL) and in math (go to smc.edu/prep2test);

  • At least four weeks before the start of the session, arrange for transcripts of previous college work (or high school work, if no college work was completed) to be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Copies issued to a student (even if in a sealed envelope) will NOT be accepted.

You will be emailed an admission letter. Please review it for information on orientation, assessment, education planning/counseling, and enrollment.

All regularly admitted first-time SMC students are required to take the math and English (or ESL) placement tests, complete the online college orientation, and prepare an education plan (see smc.edu/myedplan for details). Once done, you will be able to enroll for classes through Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc on the date and time of your enrollment. There is NO need to come to campus to enroll.

International Students

Santa Monica College defines an “international student” as a student attending the College while in F-1 or F-2 visa status. The international student application is available online (go to smc.edu/iapp). Please visit smc.edu/international for additional information about the application process and deadline dates, tuition and fees, and support services for F-1 and F-2 students. For the spring 2019 semester, applications for out-of-country applicants must be submitted by November 15, 2018; and applications for in-country applicants who already have an F-1 or F-2 visa must be submitted by January 5, 2019.

  • If you have F-1 status from another school, you may enroll at SMC on a limited basis. Please consult with the International Education Center.

  • If you have another type of visa status (not F-1 or F-2), you may enroll through the Admissions Office. However, if you are currently on a B visa, you cannot enroll until you change status to a visa with education privileges. Please contact the International Education Center for details.

Veterans

Santa Monica College is approved as an institution for higher learning for veterans and veterans’ dependents entitled to education assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA). SMC cooperates with the VA in helping veterans, and offers academic, career, and transfer counseling, as well as priority enrollment, tutoring, and other services to support veterans in achieving their education goals.

If you wish to attend SMC under one of the veterans’ assistance bills, please see the information and instructions at smc.edu/vet or consult a counselor in the Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

Students with Disabilities

If you wish to use the special counseling services provided through the Center for Students with Disabilities, call (310) 434-4265.

Printed SMC materials are available in alternate media upon request. To request publications in alternate formats for disability accommodation, send email to >DSCcontact@smc.edu or call (310) 434-4265. This Schedule of Classes is also available online (see smc.edu/schedules).

Disqualified Students

If you were disqualified from a previous college, OR were disqualified from Santa Monica College AND have been away from SMC for two consecutive semesters (one year) or longer, you are required take certain steps to qualify for readmission. Go to smc.edu/apply and click on the “Petition for Reinstatement” link for details.

If you have been disqualified from SMC more than once, you will be required to take a break from attending SMC for up to a maximum of one year.

For further information, please see an SMC counselor.

Assessment

Special Notice: How SMC places students in courses will be changing in early 2019. Students who graduated from high school in the United States will be able to use their high school GPA, coursework, and grades earned in selected classes to get placed into English and math courses. Once a decision is made, students will be notified about the new system when they apply to SMC and prior to enrollment. HOWEVER, assessment information presented in THIS schedule of classes applies to admission and enrollment in the spring 2019 semester.

Location & Testing Hours

The Assessment Center, located in Room 109 of the Liberal Arts building, offers testing services on a walk-in, first-arrival basis. Testing hours are Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please check our website (smc.edu/assessment) or call (310) 434-8040 for up-to-date information on office and testing hours. Note that there may be an extensive wait during heavy testing periods.

To receive assessment services, you must have already applied for SMC admission, and must present a valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver license, passport, military ID).

All students are strongly encouraged to watch the two easy-to-understand videos at the Prep2Test webpage (smc.edu/prep2test), which explain assessment requirements and the assessment process, and offer a selection of helpful tools, including practice tests.

Mandatory Assessment

Assessment is essential to evaluate your skills and choose the courses that best meet your needs. Assessment is used ONLY for placement recommendations, and not to advance students to higher-level courses. If you have questions about the assessment process, stop by the Assessment Center or consult with a counselor in the Counseling Department.

Assessment in English or ESL and in math is mandatory if you are:

  • A first-time college student enrolling in more than six (6) units during your first semester at SMC; or

  • A continuing student who has not completed the assessment process; or

  • Enrolling in an English, ESL, or math course for the first time (even if not a first-time college student); or

  • Enrolling in courses with required English or math preparation (prerequisites).

Based upon your assessment results, you will receive an English, ESL, or math placement recommendation.

English, ESL, and chemistry assessment results are valid for a period of one calendar year. COMPASS Math test results are valid for two calendar years. Make sure you enroll in the courses your assessment results qualified you for BEFORE those assessment results expire. Once your results have expired, you will need to retest before you can enroll in those courses.

Assessment Exemptions & Placement and Prerequisite Waivers

You may be exempt from assessment if you meet certain qualifications. You may also be granted placement and prerequisite waivers — as well as credit — for selected English, ESL, math, and chemistry courses under specific circumstances. Please see our webpage (smc.edu/waivers) for an overview, then consult with a counselor in the Counseling Department for details.

Please note: Although you may be exempt from assessment, you still must successfully complete — or receive waivers for — any prerequisite courses that are required for classes in English (or ESL), math, Anatomy 1, Biology 21/22/23, Chemistry 11/12/21/22/24, Film 31/32, Microbiology 1, Nursing 17, Physics 7/9/22/23/24, and Physiology 3. For further information, please consult with a counselor in the Counseling Department.

About Your Transfer Units

Many students use Santa Monica College as the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year college plan. SMC is a leader in transferring students to their junior year at four-year colleges and universities, including the UC and CSU systems. Each of these institutions has a list of courses that must be completed to:

  • satisfy general education requirements,

  • satisfy lower-division pre-major requirements, and

  • satisfy elective requirements.

How credit for an SMC course transfers to your future school depends on how that school will accept the course, and how clearly defined your transfer goal is.

To make things easier for SMC students to transfer successfully, Santa Monica College has worked out transfer agreements — called articulation agreements — with most local colleges and universities on how your units of credit transfer or meet graduation or other requirements. You can look up transfer information yourself (go to assist.org for details), but you will find it much easier to talk to a counselor in the Counseling Department. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call (310) 434-4210.

Student-Athletes Please Note: If you plan to transfer with an athletic scholarship, please see an athletic counselor for a list of these requirements and to arrange for continuous counseling while enrolled at SMC.

Accessibility Advisory

To the best of our knowledge, SMC does not schedule courses in inaccessible locations. However, some locations may not be accessible to students with specific disability-related access needs. SMC will relocate classes to accommodate individual students. To initiate this process, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at (310) 434-4265 (voice) or (310) 434-4272 (fax).

The path of travel from the public bus stops on Centinela to the Bundy and Airport Arts campuses is a steep grade that may be inaccessible for some with mobility limitations. However, the Sunset Ride — an accessible public bus line — which transfers from Big Blue Bus Line #14, stops inside the Bundy Campus.

In addition, the following rooms have access restrictions:

ESL, Art, and Letters & Science buildings: Accessible restrooms require an access key.*

Letters & Science: Rooms 201, 203, 205.

Liberal Arts: Rooms 200, 204, 214, 217, 220, 223, 228, 231, 236, 237, 239, 240, 243.

Access keys are required for elevators when classes are not in session in the Business, Art, and Student Activities buildings, as well as for the Gym basement elevator.

*For restroom access-key copies, go to the Center for Students with Disabilities (Room 101 of the Admissions/Student Services Complex) or call (310) 434-4265.

Enrollment

Important: All enrollment transactions take place online. You may enroll in any class with space available until the evening before the second class meeting. Beginning the day of the second class meeting, you must have an Instructor Authorization Code for each class you wish to enroll in, even if the class has space available. EXCEPTIONS: (1) The enrollment deadline for online, hybrid, or Arranged Hours classes is the Sunday evening prior to the week the course begins; (2) for classes meeting once per week and courses with a lab, you may enroll until 10 p.m. the night before the first class meeting. If the class is full, you will need an Instructor Authorization Code.

Please note: All enrollment takes place on the web via Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc. If a class is closed, please keep trying, as it will re-open if space becomes available. For more information about the enrollment process, please see smc.edu/enroll.

Enrollment By web

You may enroll by web on or after the enrollment date and time listed for you. You can enroll from any computer in the Admissions Office lobby, the SMC Library, or the Cayton Computer Lab (which requires a valid A.S. sticker and password). You may also enroll from home if you have Internet access.

  1. Go to smc.edu/cc

  2. Enter your Student ID number and your password;

  3. Follow the instructions provided.

To confirm that the classes you selected have been added, click on “Transaction Receipt” in the menu on the left. If the receipt is correct, print out a copy. You must have this printout to contest any discrepancies.

You may also add or drop classes by web. If you decide NOT to attend a course you have enrolled in, it is YOUR responsibility to officially withdraw from it. See withdrawal information on page 47.

For payment information, see the PAYMENT POLICY section.

About Priority Enrollment

You are STRONGLY encouraged to enroll as close to your assigned date and time as possible, since students who come after you in priority will quickly fill the classes you need if you wait too long.

State and local regulations, combined with other factors, determine the order in which your enrollment date and time are assigned. It is important complete the SMC assessment process, online orientation, and education plan requirements as soon as possible — especially if you are pursuing a degree, certificate, or transfer, or you are a first-time college student — because the sooner you do so, the sooner you will receive your enrollment appointment.

Loss of Enrollment Priority

You may lose your priority enrollment status if you do not complete SMC’s online orientation (see smc.edu/orientation), assessment (go to smc.edu/prep2test), or an abbreviated education plan if you are a new student, or a comprehensive education plan if you are a student who will have either earned 15 degree-applicable units by the end of the term or will have completed a third semester (whichever comes first; see the information at smc.edu/myedplan). You will also lose priority enrollment if you are on academic or progress probation for two consecutive semesters/terms. For more information, please refer to smc.edu/admissions (click on ‘Enrollment Priority’ under the Policies section).

Open Seat Notification

If you wish to take a course, but the section you want is already closed, youmay sign up for an Open Seat Notification list up to two weeks before the term starts. You will receive a notification if a seat becomes available. A notification does NOT mean you are enrolled in the course. When you receive a notification, it is YOUR responsibility to go to Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc and enroll in the class. You may also unsubscribe from the Open Seat Notification list up to two weeks before the term starts.

Waitlists

You may be given the opportunity to join a waitlist for a class section, starting two weeks before the term begins. You will be able to track your status on the waitlist through Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc. The waitlist is provided to faculty, who can add students to the class if there are seats available once the class starts. If you are on a waitlist, you will receive a notice by email if a seat has become available, and may enroll in the course on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit smc.edu/enroll for more details about the waitlist process.

SMC Student I.D.

To obtain your SMC Student I.D. card, go to the Photo I.D. Station (behind the Bursar’s Office). Your SMC Student I.D. provides a convenient way to check out materials from the Library and access the campus tutoring labs and learning resource centers. When combined with A.S. Activities and swipe-activated, your SMC Student I.D. allows you to ride free on all Big Blue Bus routes, and to purchase discount tickets for selected student events or activities.

Fees

All fees are subject to change without notice. See smc.edu/fees for the latest details.

If you qualify for the SMC College Promise Program, you are exempt from paying enrollment, student I.D, Health Services, and A.S. Activities fees. See smc.edu/freetuition for details.

There are no enrollment, student service, or Health Services fees for Noncredit (Adult Education) classes (designated by section numbers of 7000 or above).

Please Note: You may be eligible for financial aid. Work Study funds and the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) are available for the spring semester. To find out, call the Financial Aid Office at (310) 434-4343 as soon as possible.

CA Resident Fees for Spring Semester:

  • Enrollment Fee $46/unit
  • Upper-Division Courses $84/unit
  • SMC Health Services Fee $19
  • Student I.D. $13
  • Associated Students Activities Fee $19.50

Nonresident Fees for Spring Semester:

  • Enrollment Fee $46/unit
  • Upper-Division Courses $84/unit
  • Nonresident Tuition $324/unit
  • AB 947 Exemption $300/unit
  • SMC Health Services Fee $19
  • Student I.D. $13
  • Associated Students Activities Fee $19.50

Enrollment Fee

All student — resident and nonresident — in graded credit courses must pay an enrollment fee of $46 per unit.

Upper-Division Coursework Fee (B.S. in Interaction Design)

In ADDITION TO the per-unit enrollment fee of $46, all students — resident and nonresident — enrolled in graded upper-division credit courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Interaction Design must pay an upper-division coursework fee of $84 per unit. This fee is NOT covered by the California College Promise Grant (CCPG). For nonresident students pursuing the degree, this fee is in addition to the nonresident tuition fee.

Nonresident Tuition Fee

In ADDITION TO the per-unit enrollment fee of $46, all nonresident students must pay tuition of $324 per semester unit (for a total of $370 per semester unit), or $300 per semester unit (for a total of $346 per semester unit) if eligible for AB 947 exemption. For residency information, call the residence clerk in the Admissions Office at (310) 434-4461 or (310) 434-4595.

Health Services Fee

The mandatory health services fee of $16 during winter session includes free basic health services, information, and referrals by full-time RN; emergency first aid treatment; and free or reduced-cost immunizations.

SMC Student Photo I.D. Card Fee

The cost of the SMC student photo I.D. card is covered by the optional $13 fee. The SMC student I.D. card offers enhanced access features for the SMC Library and the campus tutoring and course-related labs and learning resource centers, and improved campus security. If you wish to use the Big Blue Bus “Any Line, Any Time” service, you will need to “activate” the I.D. card AND have a current Associated Students sticker. Go to smc.edu/transportation for details.

Associated Students Activities Fee

The optional Associated Students activities fee of $19.50 supports SMC’s many student clubs, scholarships, the “Any Line, Any Time” program, and other activities that foster academic achievement, social interaction, and community involvement. For details, see the A.S. webpage (smc.edu/associated_students) or stop by the Student Life Office (Room 202 of the Cayton Associated Students Center). Buy your A.S. Activities sticker at the Bursar’s Office.

Materials & Supplies Fees

Some classes require additional fees for materials and supplies. Consult the class listings in this schedule to determine whether any such fees are required. Please note that these fees are NOT refundable.

On-Campus & Satellite Campus Parking Decals

An on-campus parking decal does NOT guarantee you a parking space. What a parking decal does is entitle you to use on-campus student parking areas on a space-available, first-arrival basis. NOTE: Your parking decal is for On-Campus Parking Only — it is NOT a residential (street) parking permit.

For parking at SMC’s main campus, SMC Performing Arts Center, or the Center for Media and Design, you MUST purchase a parking decal for $85 for the fall or spring semester and $45 for the winter or summer session. This decal provides access to parking lots at ALL SMC campuses. You may purchase parking decals online through Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc. You will be able to print a temporary permit to place on your vehicle’s dashboard until the actual permit arrives by mail, usually in 3-5 business days. If you have been awarded a California College Promise Grant for the academic year, you may purchase a parking permit for $30 at the Bursar’s Office.

Parking at SMC Airport Arts and Bundy campuses is FREE if you are attending classes there, but REQUIRES A DECAL. Satellite campus decals may be picked up in person or — for a small fee to cover mailing costs — requested online through Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc. See smc.edu/transportation for details.

Parking at the SMC Bundy Lot is FREE for ALL SMC students, but REQUIRES A DECAL. Please see SMC’s transportation webpage (smc.edu/transportation) for the latest details.

Please Note: Student parking decals are NOT valid for faculty/staff parking areas.

Inter-campus shuttle service is FREE (SMC I.D. required). Please consult SMC’s parking webpage

(smc.edu/transportation) for routes and operating hours.

Accessible Parking: The display of a DMV accessible placard AND an SMC parking decal entitles you to park in any accessible, student, or staff parking space.

An important caution: Car alarms are disruptive to other students and our neighbors. Cars with activated alarms in the SMC parking areas will be TOWED IMMEDIATELY at YOUR expense.

“Any Line, Any Time” Big Blue Bus

SMC students with a current SMC Student I.D. can ride ANY Big Blue Bus ANY time — for FREE! — if they have paid the Associated Students Activities fee AND have swipe-activated their SMC Student I.D. Special thanks go to the SMC Associated Students for funding this major expansion of SMC’s transportation initiative — launched in 2007 in partnership with the Big Blue Bus — aimed at improving access to SMC and reducing traffic, noise, and air pollution in the community. See smc.edu/transportation for details.

Withdrawal Refund Schedule

Withdrawal refund deadlines appear next to each enrolled class listed in your Corsair Connect account.

Payment Policy

Payment

Please Note: You may be eligible to receive some form of financial aid. Call the Financial Aid Office at (310) 434-4343 as soon as possible. Work Study funds and the California College Promise Grant (CCPG) are available for the winter session (go to smc.edu/financialaid for details). Please note: The California College Promise Grant and SMC Promise Program do NOT cover upper-division coursework fees.

You can pay your fees by using a MasterCard or Visa credit card at the same site where you enroll. For other payment options, see the “How to Pay” information.

  • Early Enrollment is from early November 2018 to January 10, 2019, at 7 p.m. During this period, you may enroll on or after the date and time assigned to you. Payments or postponement of enrollment and related fees (e.g., mandatory fees, nonresident tuition, and upper division coursework fees) are due on or before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Failure to pay or postpone your fees by this date may result in your being dropped from your classes. Please note: Automatic postponement of fees is NOT available to international (F1 and F2 Visa) students, who should go to the International Education Center for assistance.

  • Payments of enrollment and related fees for courses you enroll in on or after Thursday, January 10, 2019, are due immediately. It is YOUR responsibility to drop any courses you do not wish to continue. If you do not drop the courses by the refund deadline — even if you never went to class — you will be responsible for paying the fees and a hold will be placed on your records until all fees are paid. A hold on your records prevents you from enrolling in future courses at SMC and restricts access to Admissions Office services such as providing transcripts, enrollment verification, issuing diplomas, etc. See smc.edu/fees for the latest details.

How to Pay

SMC offers students several payment options.

  • You may pay fees in cash or by check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. You may also pay with American Express, but in person ONLY.

  • Nonresident tuition may be paid in cash, or by money order, cashier’s check, or a personal check drawn on a California bank, in person, at the Bursar’s Office.

You may pay:

  • In person at the Bursar’s Office (located north of the Counseling Complex);

  • By web using a Visa or MasterCard ONLY (web enrollment takes place on a certified secured site, and all data transactions are encrypted; to pay fees online, log on through Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc and make sure the correct “school semester” is selected, then select “Pay Fees Online” from the menu on the left);

  • By mailing your check, money order, or cashier’s check (no cash) to Santa Monica College, Bursar’s Office, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405; or

  • By depositing a check, money order, or cashier’s check (no cash) in the collection chute at the Bursar’s Office.

If you have any credit for any prior transaction(s), the amount will be applied to any owed balance.

Financial Assistance

Santa Monica College provides a variety of resources to assist and encourage students who need financial assistance.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is used to pay for mandatory fees, books, transportation, room and board, and other education-related costs. Before starting enrollment procedures, contact the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office is open Monday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Hours are subject to change without notice. For additional information, please see smc.edu/financialaid or call (310) 434-4343.

SMC offers various types of financial aid:

  • Grants (Pell Grant, SEOG, Cal Grant B, C, ACG): Need-based assistance that does not need to be repaid.

  • California College Promise Grant (CCPG): Need-based enrollment fee waivers for eligible California residents.

  • Santa Monica College Promise: Free enrollment and fee waivers for high school students who graduate in 2018 and go directly to SMC as full-time students (see smc.edu/freetuition for details).

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds: Federally funded program that provides wages to eligible students for employment.

  • Loans: Federally administered, low-interest funds that must be repaid.

  • Scholarships: Awards from foundations and private endowments or individuals.

Important Dates

FAFSA application available, October 1

FAFSA and Cal Grant priority deadline, March 2

Extended Cal Grant deadline, September 2

Who is Eligible?

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

  2. Possess a Social Security Number (SSN)

  3. Demonstrate financial need (except for SMC Promise and many scholarships)

  4. Have a high school diploma, GED, California High School Proficiency Certificate, or demonstrate an ability to benefit from post-secondary education

  5. Comply with Selective Service registration (if required)

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid

You can apply as early as October 1, and you do not need to wait to be admitted to SMC to apply. To be given full consideration, you must apply by March 2.

  1. Apply for a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) at pin.ed.gov. To expedite the financial aid process, have your parent or guardian apply for one also.

  2. Once you receive your PIN, go to fafsa.ed.gov to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Santa Monica College’s Federal School Code is 001286.

  3. When the FAFSA is sent to the Federal Processor, this information is put through the eligibility-determining formula and an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated. A Student Aid Report (SAR) on financial aid eligibility will be mailed to you.

Special Programs & Support Services

Santa Monica College offers many special programs and support services to assist you in reaching your education goals (see the listings starting on page 43 for more information).

Special programs include:

  • Adelante Program

  • African American Collegian Center

  • Air Force ROTC

  • Black Collegians Program

  • CalWORKs

  • Career Technical Education (CTE)

  • Center for Environmental & Urban Studies (CEUS)

  • Center for Students with Disabilities (DSPS)

  • Corsair Intercollegiate Athletics

  • Distance Education/Online Classes

  • Dream Program

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) & Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE)

  • First Year Experience (FYE) Program

  • Guardian Scholars Program (GSP)

  • High School Programs

  • International Education Center

  • Internship Program

  • Latino Center

  • Mentor Program in the Arts

  • Pico Promise Program

  • Santa Monica College Promise Program

  • Scholars Program

  • SMC Outreach & Recruitment

  • STEM Program

  • Student Employment Program

  • Study Abroad Programs

  • Supplemental Instruction Program

  • Teacher Academy at SMC

  • Undocumented Ally Program

  • Veterans Resource Center

Support services include:

  • Campus Police & Student/Staff Escort Service

  • Campus Store (formerly SMC Bookstore)

  • Career Services Center

  • Center for Wellness & Wellbeing

  • Child Care Services

  • Computer Labs & Services

  • Corsair Newspaper

  • Counseling

  • Food Services

  • Health Services Center

  • Library

  • Office of Student Life and the Associated Students (A.S.)

  • Ombudsperson

  • SMC John Drescher Planetarium

  • SMC Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery

  • SMC Photography Gallery

  • Transfer/Counseling Center

  • Tutoring Services

  • Welcome Center

Other SMC Programs

In addition to its academic and transfer preparation programs, Santa Monica College offers the community a variety of other programs and services that support lifelong learning.

Noncredit (Adult Education) Programs

Free noncredit courses and student support services for adult learners seeking opportunities for career development, college preparation, and/or lifelong learning.

  • English as a second language (ESL)

  • Short-term vocational and workforce preparation courses and certificates

  • Programs and activities for older adults at SMC Emeritus

  • Flexible open entry/open exit course offerings

Call (310) 434-3403 or (310) 434-4115 for details.

SMC Community Education & SMC Extension

  • More than 450 low-cost classes, seminars, and workshops each semester

  • Classes in everything from watercolor techniques to culinary arts to yoga

  • Professional certificate and continuing education programs

See commed.smc.edu or call (310) 434-3400 for information.

SMC Emeritus/Noncredit Older Adult Program

Free noncredit adult education courses specifically designed to meet the interests of older adults.

Check smc.edu/emeritus or call (310) 434-4306 for program information.

Workforce & Economic Development

SMC’s Workforce and Economic Development Office (W&ED) helps develop the skilled workforce the region needs to compete successfully in today’s global market.

  • Customized training programs and services

  • Pre-employment training in basic and job-specific skills

  • Post-employment training to upgrade employee skill levels

  • Concurrent employment training to update and expand employee professional and managerial skills

For more information, see smc.edu/workforcedevelopment or call (310) 434-4199.