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 the SMC Admissions Department.
Enrollment by web
Monday – Sunday: 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Web: Corsair Connect
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, and
You meet the residency requirements (see page 125), and can profit from the program.
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 (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 e-mailed an admission letter. Please review it for information on orientation, assessment, education planning/counseling, and enrollment.
All regularly admitted first-time SMC students who are pursuing a degree, certificate, transfer, basic skills instruction, or who are undecided 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 sign up for classes through the “Corsair Connect” link at smc.edu on the date and time of your enrollment. There is NO need to come to campus to enroll.
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 Summer 2018 session, applications for out-of-country applicants must be submitted by April 15, 2018; and applications for in-country applicants who already have an F-1 visa must be submitted by May 15, 2018.
To maintain F-1 visa status, ALL international students MUST COMPLETE twelve (12) or more units in the Fall and Spring semesters. F-1 students may enroll in no more than one online class during a semester, and are NOT eligible to enroll in online classes during their first SMC semester/session. International students who begin their studies during a Summer or Winter session must complete a minimum of four (4) units during their first session. Summer and Winter sessions are optional for continuing international students.
Students in F-1 status from other schools may enroll at SMC on a limited basis. Please consult with the International Education Center for more information.
Students in other statuses (not F-1) may enroll through the Admissions Office. If you are currently on a B Visa, you cannot enroll until you change status to F-1 or another status with education privileges. Please contact the International Education Center for details.
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). The College cooperates with the VA in helping veterans. SMC offers academic, career, and transfer counseling, as well as priority enrollment, tutoring, and other services to support veterans in achieving their education goals.
Students wishing to attend SMC under one of the veterans’ assistance bills must:
File an application for admission to SMC (go to
smc.edu/apply), and follow all the admission procedures;
File an application with the VA at gibill.va.gov for education benefits;
Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended to be sent to the SMC Admissions Office (failure to do so may lead to temporary suspension of benefits); and
Take a printout of your application for VA education benefits, a copy of your Report of Separation from Active Duty (DD214), and unofficial copies of your transcripts to the Veterans’ Resource Center, located in Room 135 of the Liberal Arts building.
The Veterans’ Counselors will review your documents and assist you in creating an education plan. Once you have enrolled in classes, you will need to return to the Veterans’ Resource Center and complete paperwork for your benefits. Please see the Veterans’ Counselors for details.
Students with Disabilities
If you wish to use the special counseling services provided through the Center for Students with Disabilities, call (310) 434-4265. The video phone number is (424) 238-1635. See page 120 for more information.
Printed SMC materials are available in alternate media upon request. To request publications in alternate formats for disability accommodation, e-mail DSCcontact@smc.edu or call (310) 434-4265. This Schedule of Classes is also available online (see smc.edu/schedules).
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 must take the following steps IN THE ORDER PRESENTED:
File an application for admission to SMC (go to smc.edu/apply and click on ‘Launch Application Online’ to get started);
After you complete and submit your application, you will receive an email that provides you with your SMC Student ID number, which you will need to connect to Corsair Connect, SMC’s student portal. If you are a returning student, your previous SMC ID number will be reactivated in the system.
Login to Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc, then look under ‘SMC Quick Links’ for the ‘DQ Student Petition’ link. Click on that link and complete the petition.
Once you complete the DQ Petition, a message will appear with further instructions for you to follow.
PLEASE NOTE: If you were disqualified from ANOTHER college (not SMC), you will need to fax a copy of your unofficial transcripts, or order official transcripts, from ALL colleges you attended. The process for petitioning for reinstatement will NOT BE COMPLETED UNTIL you fax or send your transcripts. Fax transcripts to (310) 434-4007 or send to SMC Counseling Department, ATTN: Readmission Committee, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Once you are admitted to SMC, you are required to send an OFFICIAL copy of your transcripts. Transcripts must be mailed directly by your previous college/university (transcripts issued to you, even if in a sealed envelope, will be considered “unofficial”). Official transcripts must be sent to Santa Monica College, ATTN: Admissions, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628.
Once your previous college transcripts are received by SMC, an SMC counselor will review your DQ Petition and email a response to you at your SMC email account.
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.
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 Monday through Friday. 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 the Assessment website or call (310) 434-8040 for up-to-date information on office and testing hours. To receive assessment services, you must present a valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver license, passport, military ID) and have already applied for SMC admission. The Assessment Center reserves the right to request a secondary form of identification. Note that there may be an extensive wait during heavy testing periods. All students are strongly encouraged to watch the informational videos at the Prep2Test webpage. Santa Monica College has prepared two easy-to-understand videos that explain assessment requirements and the assessment process, and that offer you a selection of helpful tools, including practice tests, to prepare for assessment and strengthen self-confidence.
Assessment is essential to evaluate your skills and choose the courses that best meet your needs. Assessment is used only to generate placement recommendations, and not to advance students to higher-level courses. If you have questions about the assessment process, please stop by the Assessment Center or consult with a counselor in the Transfer/Counseling Center.
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, and your education goal is to transfer, earn a degree or certificate, or pursue basic skills, or you are undecided; or
A continuing student who has not completed the assessment process (based on the education goals listed above); 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 be blocked from enrolling in those courses and will need to retest.
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 the Waivers webpage for an overview, then consult with a counselor at the Transfer/Counseling Center 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 at the Transfer/Counseling Center.
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.
Typically, for admission to the UC or CSU system, you will need to complete 60 UC- or CSU-transferable semester units of study—with the required grade point average—by the end of the Spring semester for Fall admission, or by the end of the Fall semester for Spring admission. However, these institutions also look at how to apply those units to your education goal (e.g., how many of the units meet your general education requirements, your pre-major requirements, and so on).
Santa Monica College has worked out transfer agreements—called articulation agreements—with most local colleges and universities on how your units of credit transfer to meet your graduation requirements. You can look up transfer information yourself, but you will find it much easier to talk to a counselor at our Transfer/Counseling Center. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call (310) 434-4210.
STUDENT-ATHLETES PLEASE NOTE: A separate set of requirements may apply to you 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.
Books & Materials
The Federal Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires Santa Monica College to provide students with the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), retail price, and/or other information (subject to change) about the required or recommended textbooks and supplemental materials for each course offered at SMC. Please go to bookstore.smc.edu and click on “Buy Textbooks” for details. For other book-related information—including dates for book buybacks—please visit the SMC Bookstore website (bookstore.smc.edu).
SMC Student Email
To the best of our knowledge, no programs at SMC are inaccessible, and SMC does not schedule single offerings in inaccessible locations. However, some locations are not accessible to students with specific disability-related access needs. We will relocate classes to accommodate individual students. To initiate this process, please call the Center for Students with Disabilities at (310) 434-4265 voice, (866) 957-1809 video phone, 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.
Voluntary Field Trips Disclaimer
Santa Monica College may sponsor voluntary field trips or excursions in which you may want to participate. If you do, according to the California Code of Regulations (Title 5, Section 55220), you are deemed to have held harmless the District and its officers, agents, and employees from all liability or claims which may arise out of or in connection with your participation in this activity.
Student Transportation Disclaimer
Some SMC classes meet at off-campus locations. Santa Monica College does not provide transportation to these sites, and all transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the student. Although College staff may assist in coordinating transportation or may recommend travel times, routes, caravanning, etc., these recommendations are not mandatory. Santa Monica College is in no way responsible and assumes no liability for any injuries or losses resulting from this non-District-sponsored transportation. If you ride with another student, that student is not an agent of, or driving on behalf of, Santa Monica College.
IMPORTANT: All enrollment transactions take place online through the web. 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—which allows you to enroll from any computer—for each class you wish to enroll in, even if the class has space available. EXCEPTIONS: The enrollment deadline for online, hybrid, or Arranged Hours classes is the Sunday evening prior to the week the course begins. 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. If a class is closed, please keep trying, as it will re-open if space becomes available. More information about the enrollment process.
Enrollment By web
You may enroll by web on or after the enrollment date and time listed for you by logging onto Corsair Connect at smc.edu/cc. Beginning the day of the second class meeting, you will need an Instructor Authorization Code to enroll. PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolling in an online, hybrid, or Arranged Hours class WITH SPACE AVAILABLE, your enrollment deadline is the Sunday evening prior to the week the course begins. If the class is full, you will need an Instructor Authorization Code. For online courses, you will need to email the instructor a request for an Instructor Authorization Code. For classes meeting once per week and with a lab, you may enroll until 10 p.m. the night before the first class meeting.
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.
Go to smc.edu/cc
Enter your Student ID number and your password;
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 122.
For payment information, see the Payment Policy section.
About Priority Enrollment
While you may enroll at any time after your enrollment date and time, 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. You are strongly encouraged to complete the SMC assessment process, online orientation, and education plan requirements as soon as possible—especially if you are a student 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. To find out more about SMC’s enrollment priority model, go to smc.edu/admissions (click on ‘Enrollment Priority’ under the Policies section).
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). If you are on academic or progress probation for two consecutive semesters/terms, you will also lose priority enrollment. 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, you have the option to sign up for an Open Seat Notification list up to two weeks before the term starts. When you subscribe to the list, 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 and enroll in the class. You may also unsubscribe from the Open Seat Notification list at any time up to two weeks before the term starts.
You may be given the opportunity to join a limited-capacity 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. 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, providing an opportunity for you to enroll in the course on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit smc.edu/enroll for more details about the waitlist process.
SMC pHoto 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 speed up checking out books and materials from the Library and the campus tutoring labs and learning resource centers. When combined with AS 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 (or attend) selected student events or activities.
IMPORTANT: All efforts have been made to present complete and accurate fee information. All fees are subject to change without notice. Fees published in this schedule of classes were current at the time this schedule went to press. See smc.edu/fees for the latest 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. To find out, call the Financial Aid Office at
(310) 434-4343 as soon as possible. Work Study funds and the California College Promise Grant (CCPG; formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver) are available for the Summer session. See page 45 for additional information.
Enrollment Fee: $46 per Unit (subject to change)
ALL students—resident and nonresident—in graded credit courses must pay an enrollment fee of $46 per unit. This fee is subject to change without notice.
Student I.D. Card, Activities, & Health Services Fee: $48.50 for Summer Session 2018
Students in Summer session credit classes will pay a fee of $48.50. This fee includes a mandatory $16 Health Services fee, plus the optional $13 for the SMC Student I.D. card, and $19.50 for Associated Students Activities support, both of which provide special benefits (contact the Admissions Office or Bursar’s Office at time of enrollment if you do not wish to pay these fees):
SMC Student I.D. Card with Picture—Offers enhanced access features and improved campus security. The I.D. card is a convenient way to speed up checking out books and materials from the SMC Library and the campus tutoring and course-related labs and learning resource centers. If you wish to take advantage of the Big Blue Bus “Any Line, Any Time” service, you will need to “activate” the I.D. card AND have a current semester Associated Students sticker. Go to smc.edu/transportation for details.
Associated Students Activities Fee—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 today!
Health Services—Free basic health services, information, and referrals by full-time RN; emergency first aid treatment; and free or reduced-cost immunizations.
Nonresident Tuition Fee
In ADDITION TO the per-unit enrollment fee of $46 (subject to change), 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. All fees are subject to change without notice. Please see the “Fees” link at smc.edu/admissions for details. For residency information, visit the SMC website, or call the residence clerk in the Admissions Office at (310) 434-4461 or (310) 434-4595. Please note: All nonresident tuition fees are subject to change without notice.
Upper Division Coursework Fee (B.S. in Interaction Design)
In ADDITION TO the per-unit enrollment fee of $46 (subject to change), 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 (formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver). For nonresident students pursuing the degree, this fee is IN ADDITION to the nonresident tuition fee. Please note: The upper division coursework fee is subject to change without notice.
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 are encouraged to purchase parking decals online through Corsair Connect. 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 receive benefits under Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), SSI, or a general assistance program, you may be eligible for a parking fee reduction if you have also been awarded a California College Promise Grant (formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver) for the academic year.
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. 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 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 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: Because 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
See “Academic Policies” on page 122 for information on withdrawal refunds. Withdrawal refund deadlines appear next to each enrolled class listed in your Corsair Connect account.
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 (formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver) are available for the Summer session (go to smc.edu/financialaid for details). Please note: The California College Promise Grant does 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.
Payments of enrollment and related fees for courses you enroll in are due by the deadlines published on the fees webpage. Please see smc.edu/fees for payment deadline dates and other related information. Please remember that 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, by check, by money order, by cashier’s check, or by 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 the “Corsair Connect” link at smc.edu 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.
The California community college system is funded by the State of California. Students who meet certain state residency requirements pay an enrollment fee and may qualify for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG; formerly the Board of Governors Fee Waiver) to cover certain costs associated with the enrollment fees. The CCPG, however, will NOT cover the Health Services fee, Associated Students Activities fee, nonresident tuition, or upper division coursework fees. In addition to the CCPG, Santa Monica College offers students a variety of financial assistance, which includes both federal and state financial aid to help pay for some of the basic costs of living while attending college. Many of these financial aid programs have early deadline dates and require time to process the application forms. Be sure to start the financial aid process as soon as possible.
The California Promise Grant has a need based requirement to it and not everyone may qualify based on family income. If you can document that your family income is below the maximum, you will be eligible. If your income does not meet eligibility but you are a recipient of CalWORKS, also known as Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or General Relief benefits (GR), you may still be eligible for the CCPG. Before starting enrollment procedures, please 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 visit the Financial Aid Office’s website at smc.edu/financialaid or call the office at (310) 434-4343.
Santa Monica College offers many campus services to assist and support you. See the listings starting on page 119, or visit the SMC website.
Library. Research assistance and extensive collection of traditional, online, and multimedia resources.
Tutoring Centers. Centers specializing in math, science, humanities, modern languages, business, ESL, reading, and writing offer free tutoring services.
Computer Labs. Specialized labs and classrooms with personal computers for student use.
Center for Students with Disabilities (DSPS). Specialized support programs, including the High Tech Training Center.
Transfer/Counseling Center. Assists and advises students on education plans and goals, and provides specialized services for transfers to four-year institutions.
Career Services Center. Helps students sort out aptitudes and interests to determine possible careers to pursue, and works to place students in on- and off-campus jobs.
African American Collegian Center. Specialized support and outreach programs for African American students.
Latino Center. Specialized support and outreach programs for Latino students.
Veterans’ Resource Center. Specialized support and outreach programs for students who are veterans of military service.
International Education Center. Specialized assistance for international students, academic and transfer counseling, and study abroad programs.
Campus Store. Books, supplies, special orders, and buybacks.
Health Services. Free and low-cost health services.
Food Services. Food court and specialty snack shops.
Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery. Professional guest artist and student exhibits.
Photography Gallery. Contemporary professional and student exhibits.
John Drescher Planetarium. Public lectures and shows every Friday evening.
In addition to the academic and career-preparation courses listed in the main body of this schedule, Santa Monica College offers other programs of study. These include:
SMC Community Education. More than 450 low-cost classes each semester—for children and adults—in subjects ranging from watercolor techniques to culinary arts, along with seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. Professional certificate and continuing education programs and seminars. See commed.smc.edu or call (310) 434-3400 for information and listings of course offerings.
SMC Emeritus Program. More than 120 free, noncredit adult education courses each semester in a broad range of topics for older adults. Classes are held in a variety of locations (including the Malibu Senior Center) and serve more than 3,000 seniors annually. Check smc.edu/emeritus or call (310) 434-4306 for program information.