New in 2018-2019: Santa Monica College Promise
Who is Eligible?
- You just graduated from high school in 2018 and are directly attending SMC as a first-year student.
- You will take 12 units or more per semester (Fall and Spring).
- You are a California resident or an AB 540 student.
- You graduated from one of the Eligible High Schools participating in this program.
How to Get Started
All steps below are required:
- Apply to
- Complete the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (AB 540 students).
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 units in Fall (and later in Spring)
Only eligible students will see Promise Program information when login in to Corsair Connect
About the Santa Monica College Promise
The Santa Monica College Promise program is designed to help SMC students like YOU achieve your academic goals by providing free enrollment in classes, book vouchers to students eligible for the California College Promise grant, counseling support throughout the year, and priority enrollment in classes. Full-time attendance is required. Only students who have graduated from high schools in the Santa Monica and Malibu area, as well as a select number of neighboring high schools are eligible. See the Eligible High Schools list below.
Under the Promise Program, SMC will pay for your classes, your Associated Students membership, health, and student ID fees!
$400 Textbook Voucher
SMC wants to help you offset the high cost of textbooks. We will give a $200 textbook voucher for the fall semester and another for the spring semester to students receiving a
California College Promise Grant fee waiver (must meet all other eligibility requirements noted above under "Who is Eligible?").
Related: SMC Partners with OpenStax to Increase Use of Free Textbooks on Campus
Enrollment in First Year Experience Program and Registration Priority
Students in the SMC Promise will receive enrollment in the
First Year Experience Program, which includes priority registration.
Academic Counseling Support
Santa Monica College Promise students will receive ongoing academic support from counselors in the FYE program. A minimum of two meetings with a counselor are required per semester.
Eligible High Schools
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD)
Santa Monica District Private Schools
- Malibu High School
- Olympic Continuation High School
- Santa Monica High School
Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD)
- Crossroads School
- New Roads School
- Pacifica Christian High School
- Saint Monica Catholic High School
Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD)
- Beverly Hills High School
- Moreno Continuation High School
Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) - Local District West
- Culver City High School
- Culver Park High School
- CCUSD iAcademy
- Academy of Science & Engineering
- Alexander Hamilton High School
- Alliance Health Services Academy
- Alliance Ouchi High School
- Alliance Renee & Meyer Luskin Academy High School
- Ambassador School of Global Leadership
- Animo S. Los Angeles Charter High School
- Animo Venice Charter High School
- Apex Academy High School
- Bright Star Secondary Academy
- Cheviot Hills High School
- Community Day School West Hollywood
- Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School
- Crenshaw High School
- Critical Design and Gaming School
- Duke Ellington High School
- Fairfax High School
- George Washington Prep High School
- Helen Bernstein High School
- Hollywood High School
- Hollywood Media Arts Academy
- L.A. Center Enriched Studies
- Larchmont Charter School
- Los Angeles High School Of The Arts
- Los Angeles Senior High School
- Los Angeles Technology Center
- Magnolia Science Academy 4 School
- Math and Science College Preparatory
- Middle College High School (1600 W. Imperial, Los Angeles)
- New Open World Academy
- New West Charter School
- Palisades Charter High School
- Phoenix Continuation High School
- Phoenix High School
- Richard A. Alonzo Community Day School
- Augustus Hawkins High School (C/DAGS, CHAS, RISE)
- Soledad Enrichment Action Charter School
- STEM Academy of Hollywood
- Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School
- Temescal Canyon Continuation
- UCLA Community School
- University High School
- Venice Community Adult School
- Venice High School
- Venice Skills Center
- View Park High School
- Walt Whitman High School
- Westchester High School (including Magnets)
- Whitney Young High School