Note for Spring Promise Students
Spring 2020 fees for SMC Promise students that were eligible on March 1 will be cleared by the end of the term. Promise students WILL BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN SUMMER/FALL 2020 even though there is an outstanding balance. Students that drop below 12 units during Spring 2020 may be ineligible for SMC Promise in future terms. If possible, consider enrolling in a late start class to bring you back to 12 units and ensure eligibility for a second year of SMC Promise. For your information, we are awaiting a decision from the CCC Chancellor’s Office and Gov. Newsom on potentially waiving some of the requirements currently mandated by state law for our Promise program. We will notify SMCP students once we know.
Santa Monica College Promise Perks
Free Enrollment & Fees
Up to $1,200 Textbook Vouchers
SMC wants to help you offset the high cost of textbooks to help YOU achieve your academic goals by providing you textbook vouchers (if eligible for the
California College Promise Grant). Textbook vouchers may be used at the SMC Bookstore only during the dates noted.
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
SMC Partners with OpenStax to Increase Use of Free Textbooks on Campus
Who is Eligible?
You are a California resident or an AB 540 student.
You graduated from any public or private California high school in 2020 and are directly attending SMC as a first-year student.
You will take and complete at least 12 units with a grade of A, B, C, D, or P in fall and spring.
Winter and summer sessions are optional. However, if you would like to use SMC Promise to pay enrollment fees or to get a textbook voucher, you must complete at least 12 units (this is not an error; state law currently requires 12 units). You can, of course, enroll in fewer units and just pay out-of-pocket or through other aid, if you qualify.
Eligible students with disabilities may be approved for fewer than 12 units as a reasonable accommodation. Contact the Center for Students with Disabilities in Room SSC-155 at (310) 434-4265 for more information.
To qualify during your second year of school, you must complete 12 units in Fall and Spring in your first year, and reapplying for FAFSA or Dream Act before the start of the first term of your second year.
How to Get Started
All the steps below are required:
Only eligible students will see Promise Program information when logging into Corsair Connect. Once you accept the award by the stated deadline, you will qualify for the terms noted (see below).
Deadline to Accept SMC Promise
Note you only need to accept the SMC Promise once. You will automatically be eligible for the award for the terms noted below so long as you apply by the deadline and meet all eligibility requirements.
July 5: For Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring
September 13: For Fall, Winter, and Spring
January 17: For Winter and Spring
February 28: For Spring
For questions about the SMC Promise, contact the Welcome Center: (310) 434-8101.
Enrollment Fees to be Paid by SMC Promise
Under the Promise Program, SMC will pay for your classes, your Associated Students membership, student representation, health, and student ID fees! As an SMC Promise student,
you do not need to pay your fees when you enroll and you will not be dropped for nonpayment. Your fees will be paid to your SMC account so long as you maintain your eligibility AFTER the term has ended:
Spring 2020: June 16
Summer 2020: August 16
Fall 2020: December 24
Winter 2021: February 13
Spring 2021: June 17
Get Your Student ID Card for Free
Once you meet all of the SMC Promise eligibility requirements, go to the Cashier's Office in the Student Services Center to get you free Student ID card. This will allow you to ride the Big Blue Bus for free.
Academic Counseling Support
Santa Monica College Promise students will receive ongoing academic support from counselors in the Welcome Center or any counseling program the student may be a part of. For each semester, a minimum of at least one meeting with a counselor is highly recommended.