Applying to SMC is Easy!
Follow the steps below to apply and enroll at SMC. Special instructions apply for Undocumented students. Please read carefully to expedite processing
- First, you will need to create an OpenCCC account. You will need a real email address. If you already have an OpenCCC account, just
- Regardless of DACA-eligibility, immigration status does not affect admission eligibility.
Undocumented students may attend SMC and are encouraged to apply for a Nonresident
Tuition Exemption if they qualify (see below). Under California and federal law, SMC
does not disclose information to any agency or person without the consent of the student
(except when compelled to do so through a Court-issued subpoena).
- Complete and submit your application.
- Check your email after you have applied. Your SMC ID number and two emails will be sent by Admissions & Records within the hour with further instructions (check your junk mail if you did not receive it).
Special instructions for Application Questions
- A Social Security Number is not needed to apply. Reporting a Social Security Number or Individual Tax Payer Identification Number
on the application is optional. If you have received an SSN through DACA or you have
an ITIN, you may report it. If you do not want to provide it, or do not have one,
you will be asked to check a box at the bottom of the page labeled “Check this box
if you do not have a Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number, or
decline to provide one at this time.”
- For the citizenship question, choose "Other". In the Citizenship/Military section of the application, choose “Other” from the drop-down menu and click the box labeled “No documents."
- Complete the California Dream Act Application (AB 540 students). The earlier you apply, the better.
- Submit a Nonresident Tuition Exemption (AB540) to Admissions and Records, along with your California high school transcript.
We will accept an unofficial transcript showing you are a high school graduate.
- What is the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption? California Community College students who qualify for the Nonresident Tuition Exemption
(previously referred to as the AB540 Exemption) will be charged in-state enrollment
fees—currently, $46 per unit, and not the supplemental tuition charged to nonresidents.
Criteria to qualify may be found on the Exemption form.
- If enrollment for the Summer or Fall terms starts before your June high school graduation, we will accept the Exemption form above, if you meet the eligibility requirements. We will allow you to submit an unofficial transcript showing your high school progress to-date. This will allow you to enroll and pay in-state-fees. However, you must follow-up with an official transcript showing you graduated high school. This transcript must be received no later than September 15. Otherwise, you will owe the full nonresident tuition.