Cayton Center 110 (next to Cafeteria) 434-8101
The Welcome Center is a convenient “one-stop shop” where new students can find the information, services, and support you need to make a smooth transition to SMC. During enrollment periods, the Welcome Center has academic counselors and trained student ambassadors on hand to answer questions and assist you with admission and enrollment processes. At the Welcome Center, you can:
Get help to resolve any admission or enrollment issues;
Get information about financial aid and help with filling out financial aid applications;
Take part in one-on-one and small-group counseling sessions;
Seek personalized academic counseling and develop short-term and long-term education plans; and
Use computers to apply to SMC, enroll in classes, complete your online orientation, and/or work on your education plans..
After enrollment ends, the Welcome Center continues to stay in touch with new students. Student ambassadors call new students during their first semester at SMC to find out how they are doing, whether they have any questions, and—if it seems necessary—to invite them to the Welcome Center for an individual counseling appointment.
The Welcome Center also offers the First Year Experience (FYE) program to help you make the transition from high school to college, sort out your career and education goals, and create a plan of action to reach those goals. The program introduces you to a support network at SMC, helps you find your way around the SMC campus and its wide variety of student resources and programs (including Summer Transition), and includes guaranteed enrollment in English and math classes, and early registration in other classes,. See for program details.
For more information about the Welcome Center, please see our webpage, call us, or stop by for a visit.
Reference Service 434-4254
The facilities of the Santa Monica College Library are available to:
Students enrolled in at least one SMC class,
Staff and faculty of the College, and
Residents of the Santa Monica Community College District.
If you are a currently enrolled SMC student, your student ID card is your library card. If you are not an SMC student, but wish to have borrowing privileges, you may purchase a library card for /year at the Circulation Desk. High school students, SMC volunteers, and faculty members at a school or university in the Santa Monica area may apply for a free Courtesy Card.
With more than 95,000 volumes and access to over 18,000 full-text periodicals, the SMC Library has one of the largest collections of materials in the California Community College system. Highly trained professional librarians are available in person or by e-mail to assist you with your research needs. The library provides more than 200 computers for student use to access a variety of information resources, including the library online catalog, full-text article databases, and Internet resources. These resources are available to SMC students and staff from off-campus locations through the library’s webpage, using any computer with Internet access. Wireless access and network connections are available throughout the building to support users with laptop computers.
The library offers several courses designed to introduce students to the research process and available information resources: Library Research Methods (LIBR 1), Advanced Library Research Methods (LIBR 3), and Information Resources (LIB 10). All of these courses are strongly recommended for every SMC student, and are especially important for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or to a university. For descriptions of these courses, check the listings under “Library Studies” in this Schedule of Classes.
Library hours during the Winter session are:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m.-Noon
During the Winter session, the SMC Library is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, College holidays, and when classes are not in session.
Main (next to Student Center) 434-4258
Center for Media and Design (CMD) 434-3750
Airport Arts 123A 434-4637
Bundy (next to main entrance) 434-3480
Performing Arts Center 105 434-3482
The SMC Bookstore sells new and used textbooks, school and office supplies, campus sweat- and T-shirts, and art and drafting materials. The bookstore also stocks class schedules and the SMC Catalog (which is updated annually).
The bookstore provides 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 the “ADD YOUR COURSES” link under “Buy/Rent Textbooks” for details.
Students with disabilities may find some areas of the bookstore inaccessible—please request assistance. A current booklist for classes is available through the Center for Students with Disabilities.
The online bookstore (go to bookstore.smc.edu and click on the “ADD YOUR COURSES” link under “Buy/Rent Textbooks”) offers some especially convenient features: Students may browse through a catalog of items or search for a specific title, make purchases on the spot, and have their order shipped directly to their home.
Please see the bookstore‘s webpage for information on booklist postings and deadlines for a full refund on returned books. Note that all refunds for books—even those purchased at satellite branches—will be given at the bookstore’s main campus branch ONLY.
At specified times, the bookstore hosts buyback sessions for many of the textbooks purchased for classes at the College. The agency conducting the buy determines ALL prices offered for buybacks, and estimates will NOT be given over the phone. For specific dates and times that buybacks will be held, please check with the bookstore‘s main campus branch.
Hours for the bookstore‘s main campus branch are:
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. [first week of semester ONLY]
Hours for the bookstore branches at the SMC satellite campuses vary. Please see our webpage or call the branch directly to check hours.
For additional information, please call the bookstore or visit our webpage.
Counseling Complex 434-4210
The Transfer/Counseling Center offers academic and transfer counseling, as well as a variety of other invaluable services to students. (Please call (310) 434-4380 for admission
and registration information,.)
The academic counseling staff at Santa Monica College assists and advises ALL students on developing their educational plans, and facilitates the successful transfer of students to four-year institutions. Our counselors:
Provide in-depth course-planning and other orientation services for new students who have completed coursework at other institutions;
Help smooth the enrollment process;
Provide information on Associate degrees and professional and career certificates;
Provide information and counseling on transferring to colleges and universities;
Evaluate prior college-level work at other schools to determine how it transfers to SMC and four-year institutions;
Help with probation and disqualification problems;
Coordinate visits by campus representatives to SMC from more than 100 colleges and universities;
Offer workshops each semester on transfer planning, filing a UC/CSU application, and completing the financial aid process;
Arrange tours of California colleges and universities;
Resolve transfer admission problems;
Identify the general education classes needed to transfer; and
Help students select classes that meet requirements for a particular major.
The Transfer/Counseling Center also provides counseling services online at for students enrolled in on-campus courses (students enrolled in online courses should consult the information available at ).
Students with special academic counseling needs may also seek counseling services through EOPS/CARE Office, the Center for Students with Disabilities, the International Education Center, Student Support Services (SSS), and Pico Promise Transfer Academy (PPTA), among others.
First-time freshmen can find services tailored to meet the needs of new students at our “one-stop” Welcome Center, located adjacent to the Health Services Center.
For information on the counseling services these various programs provide, please see their individual descriptions in this section of the schedule of classes.
African American Collegian Center
Counseling Complex 434-4232
The African American Collegian Center offers comprehensive support services to help meet the special needs of SMC students and enhance their educational experience by providing:
Academic, vocational, career, and personal counseling;
Tutoring in English and in math.
The African American Collegian Center also coordinates the Black Collegians Program (see description in the “Planning Guides & Special Programs” section of this Schedule of Classes, or visit for details). The Black Collegians Program offers a variety of mentoring and support services that promote academic excellence and guide students through the transfer process. The Black Collegians Program also offers courses that have a multicultural focus and are taught by outstanding faculty.
Veterans’ RESOURCE CENTER
Liberal Arts 135 434-8205
SMC’s Veterans’ Resource Center provides a variety of support services to veterans to assist them in matters pertaining to their transition from the military to college. The Center offers a place where students who are veterans of military service can feel comfortable, decompress, and take a break from the campus hubbub. A free textbook-lending library, a study space, and a computer-tutoring room are available.
Veterans are urged to take full advantage of the counseling services and educational programs offered by Santa Monica College. Through the Veterans’ Resource Center, veterans can find or make arrangements for academic, career, and transfer counseling, as well as financial aid, tutoring, and other services that aim to help students achieve their education goals. VA paperwork for veterans’ dependents receiving benefits under Chapters 33 and 35 of the GI Bill is also processed through the Veterans’ Resource Center. While the Center does NOT provide answers to veterans’ problems that are not related to the College’s programs, efforts will be made whenever possible to direct students to resources where answers may be found.
PLEASE NOTE: Veterans Administration (VA) regulations not only require students to meet the same academic standards as all other students at SMC, but also place certain restrictions on students receiving VA education benefits. For example, students who fail to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.0 (C) will be placed on academic probation, and after two semesters on academic probation, they may lose their VA education benefits.
For more information about the Veterans’ Resource Center, please see our webpage, call us, or stop by for a visit.
EXTENDED OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM AND SERVICES (EOPS) & COOPERATIVE AGENCIES RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION (CARE)
Admissions/Student Services Complex 104G-P 434-4268
Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) offer special support services to help students start and move forward successfully toward their educational goals.
EOPS is a state-funded program for educationally disadvantaged residents of California who meet low-income qualifications, are enrolled as full-time students, and wish to pursue a degree or certification program.
CARE offers support services for meal assistance, school supplies, and transportation to parents who are EOPS-eligible, head of a household, have at least one child under age 14, and enrolled in 12 units.
EOPS/CARE staff members believe that obtaining an education is the best way you can improve your future. Our support services for eligible students include:
Academic and career counseling;
Supplemental textbook vouchers;
Student success workshops;
Outreach programs to provide support to educationally disadvantaged students; and
CARE assistance for meal assistance, school supplies, and transportation for qualified students.
Applications for EOPS and CARE can be obtained in the EOPS/CARE office. For more information, call or drop by the EOPS/CARE office (located behind the Financial Aid Office), or visit the EOPS website.
CENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (DSPS)
Admissions/Student Services Complex 101 434-4265
Video phone (424) 238-1642 Fax 434-4272
High Tech Training Center
Admissions/Student Services Complex 103 434-4267
Learning Disabilities ProgramCenter
Math Complex 75 & 76 434-4684
Acquired Brain Injury/Pathfinders 434-4442
Santa Monica College makes every effort to make its campus fully accessible to students with disabilities. The Center for Students with Disabilities offers a number of specialized programs to help students with their academic, vocational, and career planning goals. In addition, the Center has academic counselors available to answer questions, help solve problems, and authorize accommodation services to mitigate disability-related educational limitations.
Through the Center for Students with Disabilities, students have access to:
Classes in personal and social awareness, independent living skills, study skills, and adaptive computer technology, which are listed under “Counseling—Disabled Student Services” in this Schedule of Classes;
The Learning Disabilities Program, which provides educational assessment, study strategies training, and appropriate accommodations for students with learning disabilities (for details, please call or visit our office to request an appointment with one of our learning specialists);
The High Tech Training Center, designed to train students with disabilities in the use of adapted computer technology;
The Acquired Brain Injury Program, which promotes re-entry into academic and vocational programs; and
Pathfinders, a program of post-stroke exercise and communication classes offered at Emeritus College, SMC’s program serving the older adult community.
Academic adjustments may be made for qualified students with disabilities. The procedure for requesting such an adjustment is outlined in the “College Policies” section of this Schedule of Classes, under the heading “Academic Adjustments & Information Technology for Students with Disabilities.”
INTERNATIONAL Education CENTER
Next to Liberal Arts/
Counseling Complex 434-4217
The International Education Center offers student services for more than 3,400 students who come from over 110 nations around the world to attend Santa Monica College. The Center provides a number of services, including:
Assistance with non-immigration F-1 student visa issues;
Academic counseling and orientation;
Assistance in applying to, enrolling in, and selecting appropriate courses at Santa Monica College;
Preparation for transfer from Santa Monica College to a four-year college or university;
Not-for-credit Intensive English Program;
Assistance in housing; and
Social events on the SMC campus.
The mailing address for the International Education Center is 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
International students may apply for SMC’s Fall semester, Winter session, Spring semester, or Summer session. Application deadlines are listed under “International Students” in the “Admission” section of this schedule of classes.
The International Education Center is also home to SMC’s study abroad programs. The faculty-led programs—offered at various times of year—are designed to immerse students in an exciting and engaging academic program abroad while they earn SMC credit, further their own intercultural awareness, and foster a more global perspective. Please e-mail or visit for information about these exciting programs.
Counseling Complex 434-4459
The Latino Center offers students a support network of comprehensive bilingual services that include:
Academic, career, and personal counseling;
Free tutoring in math and English;
Financial aid and scholarship information; and
The Latino Center also offers the Adelante Program, a success-oriented program focusing on academic achievement, transfer, cultural awareness, and personal growth. The program offers courses each semester in various subjects—including English, math, and the social sciences—and courses are structured to include Latino perspectives and contributions to the subject at hand. Adelante courses highlight the Latino culture and experience and emphasize the verbal, written, and critical thinking skills essential to college success. Most Adelante courses transfer to the UC and CSU systems. To join the Adelante Program, you must attend an information session and meet with a Latino Center counselor. For more information, please see the “Planning Guides & Special Programs” section of this Schedule of Classes, visit the Adelante Program website, or call the Latino Center.
TRIO Student Support Services
Counseling Annex 101 434-4347
The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program is funded by the US Department of Education to help low-income students successfully pursue a college education, earn an Associate degree, and transfer to a four-year college or university.
The program offers students a variety of services to support them in a number of ways as they make their way through college. Services include:
Priority registration for SMC classes and help with the registration process;
Help in finding and applying for financial assistance to cover the costs of a college education;
Transfer counseling and checklists that spell out the requirements for transfer;
Custom-tailored education plans that suit students’ timeframes for completing their studies and lead to graduation and transfer from SMC;
Financial literacy workshops and career planning seminars;
Personal counseling; and
Tours of selected colleges and universities.
To be eligible for the TRIO SSS program, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident and meet US Department of Education guidelines, which include at least one of the following requirements:
Placement in English 21A/B or Math 18/20/31,
First-generation college student, and/or
Student with a disability.
To apply for the program, stop by the TRIO SSS office, fill out the application, and schedule an appointment to meet with the TRIO SSS counselor.
To find out more about the TRIO SSS program—or to check on the status of your application—please call or visit the TRIO SSS office.
Guardian Scholars Program (GSP)
Admissions/Student Services Complex 104G-P 434-4491
The Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) aims to expand community support and college and career pathways for foster youth by offering special support services to current and former foster youth enrolled at Santa Monica College. The program is part of a collaborative initiative that partners SMC with UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, in conjunction with the California College Pathways Initiative.
You are eligible to join SMC’s Guardian Scholars Program if you are:
A current or former foster youth,
Between the ages of 17 and 24, and
Enrolled in 12 or more semester units at SMC.
The benefits of participating in the GSP include:
Individual academic, transfer, and career counseling services;
Assistance with applying for financial aid and the California Chaffee Grant;
Free tutoring and academic support services;
Access to a variety of academic workshops;
Referrals to psychological and personal counseling services;
Referrals to specific community agencies for housing and medical assistance, and for scholarship opportunities; and
Access to an emergency fund.
For more information about SMC’s Guardian Scholars Program, please call (310) 434-4449 or stop by the Guardian Scholars office, located inside the EOPS/CARE Office.
Pico PROMISE TRANSFER ACADEMY (PPTA)
Counseling Annex 434-4926
Pico Promise Transfer Academy is a collaboration between Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica. The program meets the needs of the underserved, under-represented youth who live in close proximity to the College. PPTA motivates and assists young adults to attend SMC and work toward their career and education goals, and encourages students to earn an Associate degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. Each student works one-on-one with a counselor. The program provides students with assistance in:
Setting academic, career, and personal goals; and
Gaining financial aid for college expenses.
Students participating in PPTA are also provided with additional opportunities, such as:
Having supplemental instruction English and math,
Wellness counseling services, and
Career counseling services.
Students are eligible to participate in PPTA if they are 17 to 24 years old, are a former student at a school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District or at St. Monica’s, and have a strong desire to refocus their lives with a positive outlook on their future. Program participants are encouraged to serve as role models for other young adults, inviting them to consider the opportunities and benefits that a college education can offer. Applications for the program are available in our office. To apply, visit the PPTA desk in the Counseling Annex.
SMC provides free tutoring services in selected subjects for all students through a number of on-campus tutoring centers. If you wish to be tutored in a particular subject, please make arrangements with the appropriate tutoring center listed below. For hours and general information, visit the Tutoring Services webpage and click on the link for the center you want. Specialized tutoring may also be arranged through the Center for Students with Disabilities (voice 434-4265 or video phone 866-957-1809), EOPS/CARE (434-4268), Student Support Services (434-4347), the Scholars Program (434-4371), and the International Education Center (434-4217). For general tutoring information and the hours of the tutoring centers listed below, please visit the Tutoring Services webpage ().
Math Complex 84 434-4735
Students enrolled in SMC math classes who need assistance with their assignments can find help at the Math Lab, which provides tutoring services to support math students in every way possible. If you have problems with specific assignments, you may request help from the lab’s instructional assistants on a drop-in basis. If you need more extensive tutoring, please schedule an appointment IN PERSON at the Math Lab.
Science Tutoring Center
Science 245 434-4630
Students enrolled in science classes at SMC can find help at the Science Tutoring Center. If you have problems with specific assignments, you may request help on a drop-in basis. You may also call or drop by the center to schedule an appointment for a more extensive tutoring session.
Writing & Humanities Tutoring Center
Drescher Hall 313 434-4682
SMC students who need writing assistance for any courses or subject tutoring in liberal arts courses (including economics, history, logic, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology) can find help at the Writing and Humanities Tutoring Center. Writing assistance is available on a drop-in basis. To schedule a tutoring session, please call or come to the Writing and Humanities Tutoring Center to discuss your needs.
Modern Language Tutoring Center
Drescher Hall 219 434-4683
Students enrolled in any language classes at SMC who need assistance can find help at the Modern Language Tutoring Center and, on occasion, at satellite campuses. Tutoring is conducted on a drop-in basis. Visit the Modern Language Tutoring webpage for an updated schedule of tutor availability and links to related resources.
ESL Tutoring Center
ESL 120 (at Pearl and 16th) 434-4260
The ESL Tutoring Center provides tutoring assistance to English-language learners at SMC. One-on-one tutoring by instructional assistants with expertise in TESL is provided in half-hour sessions. Tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis (hours are posted in the ESL Department) and by appointment. You may go online to the ESL webpage at and schedule up to two tutoring appointments each week.
Drescher Hall 312
The Reading Lab provides services for students enrolled in Reading and Vocabulary classes (English 23, English 48, English 80, English 83A/B, and English 84R). For information, please consult with your instructor or visit the Reading Lab’s webpage.
English 81 Lab
Drescher Hall 308
The English 81 Lab provides services specifically for students enrolled in SMC’s English 81 classes. For information, please see the listings in this Schedule of Classes under the heading “English Skills—Group C,” or consult with your instructor.
Supplemental Instruction Program
Letters & Science 142 434-4121
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program provides special academic assistance through free out-of-class sessions to SMC students enrolled in specific courses. During SI sessions, SI leaders present interactive group activities that help students learn course concepts, prepare for exams, and develop effective study skills. SI sessions are held in Fall and Spring semesters.
PLEASE NOTE: SI sessions are NOT tutoring sessions like the ones offered at various on-campus tutoring labs, and SI leaders do NOT tutor or assist students with homework problems.
Please see our website for details and the SI session schedule.
COMPUTER LABS & SERVICES
Santa Monica College has many computer-based services and on-campus computer labs for the benefit of its students. On-campus wireless Internet access is available at various indoor and outdoor locations to all currently enrolled students with an SMC computer lab account and a correctly configured computing device.
Students using any SMC computer services are expected to abide by SMC’s Responsible Computer Use Policy (see ). On-campus computers may be restricted to College-related work at any time. All files MUST be saved to either student-selected online storage or onto student-provided removable media such as USB flash drives. Any files not saved properly are subject to loss, and the College is NOT responsible for any work lost while using College computer labs or services.
The following computer labs are open to all CURRENTLY ENROLLED students:
The SMC Library (434-4254) provides computers and wired and wireless network connections in the Computer Commons (downstairs near the Reference Desk, 1st Floor North) to access a variety of information resources; and
The Bundy LRC—Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Rm. 116 (434-3440).
An additional computer lab is open to all currently enrolled students WITH A VALID ASSOCIATED STUDENTS ACTIVITIES STICKER:
The Cayton Associated Students Computer Lab—Cayton Center 209 (434-4615)—provides computers, printers, and a variety of software.
The following computer labs, primarily for students enrolled in specific classes, make their equipment and software available to all enrolled SMC students, but ONLY at times when the labs are not in use for instruction or tutoring purposes (check with the lab for available hours):
The Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) Lab—Business 231 (434-4783);
The Library Computer Lab—SMC Library, 2nd Floor North (434-4254).
SMC has more than 700 computers in specialized computer labs used to support students enrolled in specific programs or classes. These labs include:
The Art Lab—Art 119—for selected Art and Design classes;
The Continuing Ed Lab—Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Rm. 127 (434-6661)—for SMC’s Continuing Ed and Adult Ed programs;
The CSIS Computer Classrooms—Business 250 (NTT Lab), 253 (Keyboarding Lab), 255 (Accounting Lab), and 259 (Business Center Lab)—for CSIS classes;
The Digital Photography Lab—Business 131—for selected digital photography classes;
The Earth Sciences Labs—Drescher Hall 128 and 134—for Earth Science classes;
The Emeritus Lab—1227 Second St., Room 208 (434-4306)—for Emeritus College programs for seniors;
The High Tech Training Center—Admissions/Student Services Complex 103 (434-4267)—computer access for students with disabilities;
The Math Lab—Math Complex 84—for Math tutoring (and Math Complex 82 for Basic Skills Math tutoring);
The Modern Language Lab—Drescher Hall 219 (434-4625)—for Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Spanish classes;
The Music Media Lab—Performing Arts Center 204 (434-4852)—computers with MIDI interfaces and sequencers for students in Music 2 through Music 8 classes;
The Reading Lab—Drescher Hall 312—for selected Reading/Writing classes;
The Science Lab—Science 240 (434-3548); and
The Writing Lab—Drescher Hall 308—primarily for English 81A classes.
To find up-to-date information about campus computer labs and their hours, see the Student Computer Labs webpage ().
Student Life Office:
Cayton Center 202 434-4250
Associated Students (AS)—the student-directed organization of the SMC student body and its elected or appointed student officers—promotes the intellectual, social, and cultural welfare of students through proper, effective government. Students participating in AS Government gain first-hand experience with the governing process and build management and leadership skills.
AS Activities fees support a rich program of extracurricular activities—including more than 60 student clubs—to foster academic achievement, social interaction, and community involvement.
The Student Life Office is the hub of all AS activities. The AS Board of Directors, other AS officers, Inter-Club Council (ICC), Associate Dean of Student Life, and student activities staff can all be found there, along with information on AS and club activities, use of campus public areas, campus student publicity, and other details.
Associated Students Government
Students may participate in AS Government as elected officers serving one-year terms on the AS Board of Directors or as the Student Trustee. Students may also volunteer as AS Commissioners appointed by the Board of Directors to help carry out directors’ goals and serve on committees.
Students elected to AS Government can represent the interests of their fellow students in how SMC operates, including instructional support systems, student services, financial support services, and planning. SMC’s Board of Trustees grants and defines AS Government’s legislative and fiscal authority.
Students in AS Government must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in at least eight units per semester. For details, see the Associated Students website or ask the Student Life Office for information.
Associated Students Activities
The AS Activities fee is optional. Students who choose to pay the AS Activities fee each semester not only enrich campus life with concerts, guest speakers, student clubs, and special events, but also support SMC’s transportation initiative, and enjoy special privileges and benefits such as:
Priority use of the Cayton Associated Students Computer Lab;
Student club membership and support to start a club;
Leadership opportunities (elected or appointed);
Discounts on selected movie and theme park tickets sold through the SMC Events Office; and
For all the details, visit the Associated Students website or ask the Student Life Office.
Student Clubs & Inter-Club Council (ICC)
One of the best ways to get involved in campus life is to join one of SMC’s more than 60 student clubs. The clubs reflect the wide range of interests SMC students have in areas such as academic achievement, science, sports, creative arts, business and industry, social awareness, and service. Club activities—which include field trips, business meetings, concerts, guest lectures, and social events—enhance the educational and social experiences students have on campus and in the community. To find out about student clubs, visit the Student Life Office..
The Inter-Club Council (ICC) promotes SMC’s student clubs to attract and increase student participation in them, encourage the development of student leadership and service, and foster interaction among the clubs. The ICC sponsors Club Row, an annual spring festival that brings all of SMC’s student clubs together to showcase their variety and give students the chance to find out first-hand what activities the clubs offer.
PLEASE NOTE: California law forbids secret fraternities and sororities in public community colleges. All clubs at SMC—with the exception of the honor scholarship societies, which require specific qualifications—are open to all students.
Letters & Science 172 434-4340
The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student-run newspaper, has a print edition published every Wednesday during the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as an online news site. The newspaper and its online edition have won numerous national, state, and local awards for writing, photography, graphic design, multimedia, and online content
The Corsair welcomes all students to help create the newspaper, which is a lifeline of news and entertainment for the entire SMC community. Each week, students choose what news and issues to cover. Experience on the Corsair can lead to internships with major media companies.
The instructors who teach the Corsair classes are media professionals: Professor Saul Rubin is a published author and former newspaper reporter and columnist, and Professor Gerard Burkhart is a working photojournalist.
To find out more about the Corsair—including working on the newspaper—please contact one of the above professors or come to the Corsair office.
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
Admissions/Student Services Complex 104 434-4343
The Student Employment Program is offered through the Career Services Center and processed through the Financial Aid Office. On-campus jobs are available in many departments and programs on SMC’s main and satellite campuses. There are two budget programs—Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Student Help (SH)—under which students may work. FWS is a Financial Aid award that pays the student wages for employment. SH pays students to work on campus through department and program budgets. For more information, please stop by the Career Services Center or visit the Student Employment Program website.
CAREER SERVICES CENTER
Counseling Village 434-4337
The Career Services Center provides SMC students with a single, conveniently located source for career exploration, internships, and assistance in finding on- and off-campus jobs.
The Career Services Center also operates SMC’s Internship Program, which helps students find opportunities for internships and cooperative work experience in jobs related to their field of study. To find out about SMC’s Internship Program, please stop by or call the Career Services Center, or visit the Internship Program’s website.
The Career Services Center offers:
Access to bridges.com, an online career-exploration programs;
Workshops on career exploration, resume writing, interview techniques, how to get the most out of your job, and other pre- and post-employment issues;
An extensive Career Resource Library that includes information on job descriptions, salaries, recommended preparation, and preferred skills;
Hundreds of job and internship listings online at ; and
Job search assistance.
To help you plan your career, we offer a special eight-week class each term to provide you with an opportunity to explore your interests, identify and clarify your core values, and evaluate your skills (see the listing for “Counseling 12, Career Planning” in this Schedule of Classes). To help you learn how to be successful at work, we also offer an eight-week class that teaches the skills necessary for new employees to survive the initial months on the job, adapt to the company culture, and succeed in remaining employed (see the listing for “Counseling 16, Job Success Skills” in this Schedule of Classes).
The Career Services Center also offers individual career counseling by appointment. For more information, passwords to our online programs, or to make an appointment, please call or visit the Career Services Center, or see our website.
HEALTH SERVICES CENTER
Cayton Center 112 (next to Cafeteria) 434-4262
SMC’s Health Services Center provides health services and first aid to currently enrolled Santa Monica College students. SMC’s Student Health Center’s focus is health promotion, illness prevention, treatment of acute illness, and health education to promote student success. All services are confidential.
All campus accidents must be reported immediately to the Health Services Center.
The Health Services Center provides the following services to currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Services fee:
Assessment and intervention by a Registered Nurse (RN) for short-term illness, health screening, and referrals to the available physician and/or other appropriate community agencies;
Physician (MD) and Nurse Practitioner (RNP) assessment and intervention;
Low-cost prescription medications prescribed by Health Services Physician or Nurse Practitioner;
GYN screening and treatment;
Blood pressure measurement;
Tuberculin Mantoux skin test;
Selected immunizations at cost; and
Pamphlets and other educational information.
Please call the Health Services Center or visit our website for hours of service.
The Health Services fee paid at time of enrollment is NOT health insurance. The fee covers ONLY the services offered at the SMC Health Services Center. Any expenses a student incurs for medical services are the sole responsibility of the student, and not the Santa Monica Community College District. Students can find written information about optional health and dental insurance programs at the front desk in the Health Services Center or on the Health Services webpage (). International students should consult the International Education Center for information on health insurance.
Center for Wellness & Wellbeing
Liberal Arts 110 434-4503
SMC’s Center for Wellness & Wellbeing offers short-term personal counseling to currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Fee.
Personal concerns sometimes interfere with study and concentration. These concerns may be feelings of anxiety, depression, or lack of self-confidence; interpersonal problems with family or friends; life stresses such as leaving home, death of a loved one, mid-life transitions; or other problems such as alcohol or drug use, eating habits, sexual issues, etc.
Licensed psychologists and interns/trainees are available to help students resolve these problems or help them find appropriate resources in the community. The Center for Wellness & Wellbeing also offers a variety of topic-oriented workshops (e.g., Test Anxiety, Stress Management), which students will find extremely helpful.
For an appointment to seek individual psychological services, or to find out about upcoming workshops, please call the Center for Wellness & Wellbeing.
CHILD CARE SERVICES
Liberal Arts 219 434-8526
Santa Monica College offers several child care options for students while they attend classes at SMC. If you are an SMC student with child care needs, please see the Child Care Services website. You may also call, e-mail, or stop by the office of Jenny Trickey, Child Care Services Director.
Campus Police & Student/Staff Escort Service
1718 Pearl St. 434-4608
Emergency & Weekends 434-4300
SMC maintains a Campus Police Department with personnel available 24 hours a day to help keep SMC’s campuses safe and secure.
To report an emergency or criminal activities on or near the campus, dial 4300 or 911 on the emergency telephones located throughout the campus and parking structures, or call (310) 434-4300 from a cellphone or off-campus telephone.
The Campus Police Department patrols each of the SMC campuses and provides students and staff with a number of services, including:
Preparing and investigating crime and incident reports;
Operating the campus “lost and found” service; and
Providing student and staff escort services.
Please call or visit the SMCPD office for general information and NON-emergency police services. Office hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to
6 p.m. (subject to change).
Student/Staff Escort Service
On-campus escort services are available to students and staff Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Campus escorts are SMC students who have been trained in safety procedures. Escorts are easily recognized by their blue police cadet uniforms. To request special escort services, please call (310) 434-4300.
Santa Monica College’s food services are located on the ground floor of the Student Center. The food services area includes a food court that offers a selection of meals, snacks, and beverages at reasonable prices. Service is indoors, and seating is available inside and on outdoor patio areas. Vending machines can also be found at various locations on the campus.
SMC STUDENT I.D. Card
The SMC Student I.D. card provides SMC students with a photo I.D., enhanced access features, and improved campus security. The card:
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 a current Associated Students Activities sticker and swipe-activated, provides FREE access to Big Blue Bus “Any Line, Any Time” service; and
When combined with a current AS Activities sticker, provides access to many other services at SMC, including the Cayton Associated Students Computer Lab (go to and click on the “Benefits” link for the latest details).
For further information, please stop by the Bursar’s Office, located next to the Counseling Complex.
SMC PETE & SUSAN BARRETT ART GALLERY
1310 11th St., 1st Floor 434-3434
The SMC Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery features exhibits of the best in contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, and hosts SMC’s annual student and faculty art shows, gallery talks, and SMCs popular Holiday Art Sale. Each exhibit has an opening reception where artists, students, and members of the community can gather to enjoy and exchange ideas on the works presented. For details on Gallery hours, upcoming art exhibitions, opening receptions, and other activities, please call the Gallery, visit our webpage, or browse the SMC Events webpage () and click on the “Art Gallery” link.
SMC PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY
Drescher Hall, 2nd Floor 434-4289
The SMC Photography Gallery is nationally recognized as a significant venue for photographic art. As part of the Westside’s flourishing art movement, the Gallery enjoys active support from the community. Each exhibit has an opening reception where artists, photographers, students, and members of the community can gather to enjoy and discuss images that have made an impact on the world of photography. For information on Gallery hours, exhibits, and opening receptions, please call the Gallery or browse the SMC Events webpage and click on the “Photo Gallery” link.
SMC JOHN DRESCHER PLANETARIUM
Drescher Hall 223 (near elevator) 434-3000
As a service to the community, Santa Monica College presents two highly popular astronomy shows on Friday evenings during the academic year in SMC’s John Drescher Planetarium. The planetarium is equipped with a computer-driven optical projection system coupled with an audiovisual system, which provides the capabilities for multimedia presentations.
The Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. presents the wonders of the ever-changing night sky in an interactive 50-minute show updated weekly with the latest news in space exploration and astronomy. The Feature Show at 8 p.m. is generally a slide/multimedia presentation that concentrates on a specific topic such as black holes or the quest for life beyond Earth, provides telescope viewing opportunities at various times of year, and brings guest experts to speak at the SMC campus.
For show dates and topics, ticket prices, or other information, or to arrange a special group presentation, please visit the planetarium’s webpage and click on the “Public Shows” link, or call the planetarium.
SPECIAL NOTE: Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the show. Planetarium shows and lectures often sell out quickly, however. Advance tickets may be purchased at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (SMC main campus) or by calling (310) 434-3000.
SMC Community Education
Bundy Campus, Room 112
3171 S. Bundy Dr. 434-3400
SMC Continuing Education offers free classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) and in Citizenship for adults 18 years and older who are preparing to take the examination to become a United States citizen, or who wish to develop their English reading, writing, and conversational skills. The classes are noncredit and no grades are issued. Classes are offered on an “open entry” basis, and students can register for open classes at any time. SMC Continuing Education also offers classes designed for older adults and for students with disabilities.
1227 Second St., Santa Monica 434-4306
Emeritus College is a unique concept in continuing education at Santa Monica College for adults age 55 and up. Established in 1975, the model program’s curriculum includes courses designed to serve the interests and needs of adults who are now in or preparing for retirement, those dedicated to lifelong learning, and those seeking continued growth through the learning of new skills and knowledge, with an emphasis on maintaining one’s physical, emotional, and intellectual health. Classes also help students learn various ways to improve their health and safety for healthy aging. In addition, Emeritus College offers computer training and classes in the arts for those who wish to continue working in such fields. Emeritus College classes are offered primarily during the day at our site near the popular Third Street Promenade, and throughout the community—including the Malibu Senior Center—in easily accessible locations. Registration and enrollment are by mail, walk-in, or Internet. Registration forms are included in the Emeritus schedule and may also be downloaded from the Emeritus website. For information, please call the Emeritus College office or visit our website.
FINANCIAL AID OFFICE
Admissions/Student Services Complex 104 434-4343
The Financial Aid Office at Santa Monica College strongly encourages students to apply for financial aid and to come into the Financial Aid Office to discuss their individual situations. Students who have been ineligible to receive financial aid in the past should re-apply each year and are encouraged to come in and ask about other resources that may be available to them.
The Financial Aid Office provides a number of important student services, including:
Providing information regarding the types of financial aid available;
Providing information in acquiring a high school diploma, GED, or high school equivalency documentation—which is required for financial aid;
Helping collect and complete all necessary financial aid forms and documents; and
Providing guidance on student loans and debt management.
The Financial Aid Office annually provides more than million in federal and state assistance to SMC students. The major aid programs at SMC are:
Pell Grants—Federally funded grants of up to ,775 per year to eligible undergraduate students;
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)—A Federal grant given to the College for disbursement to eligible students (average Santa Monica College student award is up to 0 per semester until these funds are completely expended);
Cal Grant B—State-funded award for eligible students from disadvantaged backgrounds or low-income families who have exceptionally high financial need, to provide them assistance with enrollment fees, living expenses, books, supplies, and transportation (the average Santa Monica College student award is ,656 per year; both FAFSA applicants and California Dream applicants may qualify);
Cal Grant C—State-funded award for eligible students from low- and middle-income backgrounds enrolled in vocational training programs, to provide them assistance with training costs such as tools, books, and equipment (average Santa Monica College student award is 7 per year; both FAFSA applicants and California Dream applicants may qualify);
Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waivers—State-funded waivers of certain enrollment fee for eligible students;
Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds—Federally funded program that provides wages to eligible students for both on-campus and off-campus employment (FWS wage rate is per hour);
Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)—Federally administered, low-interest loans to eligible students; and
Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS Loans)—Federally administered, low-interest loans to parents of students who are considered dependent according to federal regulations.
Students can apply for federal financial aid and the Board of Governors (BOG) Enrollment Fee Waiver directly through the SMC Financial Aid website (), where they will find useful links to federal and state agencies. Students may also drop by the Financial Aid Office for answers to specific questions.
To be eligible to receive most forms of financial aid, a student must show documented “financial need” as determined by the federal government. However, there are a number of other specific federal requirements that must also be met. To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:
Be a US citizen, a permanent resident, or an eligible non-citizen (if you do not understand these terms, ask the Financial Aid Office to explain them to you);
Have a valid Social Security Number;
Have a high school diploma or GED;
Be enrolled in an eligible program at SMC;
Make satisfactory academic progress in your course work;
Have complied with US Selective Service requirements (male students only);
Have not been convicted of the possession and/or sale of illegal drugs; and
Not be in default on a student loan or owe a refund on any state or federal grant you may have received in the past.
Please note: AB540 students can also apply for Cal Grants and Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waivers by completing a California Dream Act application. To receive a Cal Grant, AB540 students need to be enrolled in an eligible program, have a high school diploma/GED, and meet satisfactory academic progress. In addition, male AB540 students are required to comply with US Selective Service requirements.
The Financial Aid Office is open Monday and Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m.-12 noon. Hours are subject to change without notice. For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Office website at or call the office at (310) 434-4343.
Admissions/Student Services Complex Complex 104 434-4290
SMC’s Scholarship Office handles a variety of awards from sources such as foundations, private endowments, and private individuals. Scholarships are available to incoming high school students (ask your high school counselors about these scholarships), students continuing at SMC, and students transferring from SMC to a four-year college or university. Awards are offered for a wide range of achievements and student activities, and many do not include financial need in their requirements.
The Scholarship Office:
Provides a single-application procedure for consideration for more than 500 scholarships available through the program;
Distributes more than 0,000 in scholarship funds from the Santa Monica College Foundation (an endowment fund that provides proceeds for about 500 different scholarships), service clubs and local organizations, private individuals, and other organizations, foundations, and corporations;
Provides informational workshops and application forms for a variety of non-campus-based scholarship sources; and
Provides support services to get and fill out applications and to collect any required documents.
Scholarships vary from 0 to ,000 per year, and are awarded as a check issued directly to the student.
For more information, please visit the Scholarship Office webpage or give us a call.
SMC has a planned education process called “matriculation,” which helps you match your interests, abilities, needs, and goals with the College’s courses, programs, and services. The matriculation process includes assessment, orientation, and educational planning/counseling to design a program of courses that meets your education goals.
To find out how the matriculation process can benefit you, please see the annual SMC catalog (available online at ) or—better yet!—stop by and talk to one of SMC’s academic counselors in the Welcome Center or the Transfer/Counseling Center.
Enrollment in classes is done online through Corsair Connect. Beginning the day of the second class meeting, you will need an Instructor Approval Code to add courses, even if space is available.
ATTENDANCE & WITHDRAWALS FROM CLASSES
A STUDENT ENROLLED IN ANY CLASS AT SMC MUST ATTEND—OR (IF AN ONLINE CLASS) ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN—ALL SESSIONS OF THE CLASS THAT MEET DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE CLASS OR RISK BEING DROPPED FROM THE CLASS BY THE INSTRUCTOR.
You may withdraw from classes online through Corsair Connect. It is the YOUR responsibility to withdraw from a class by the course-specific deadline—informing the instructor is NOT sufficient notice. Failure to withdraw (officially drop) from a class could result in a grade of F (0.0).
The Admissions Office is not responsible for incomplete online transactions. Please confirm your transactions (including withdrawals), then print and review your revised schedule. You must have this proof to contest any discrepancies.
Deadline to request a refund: Please visit your Corsair Connect account for specific dates.
Deadline to avoid a W: Please visit your Corsair Connect account for specific dates.
Deadline to receive a guaranteed W: Please visit your Corsair Connect account for specific dates. PLEASE NOTE: California Education Code does NOT recognize withdrawal from a class for medical reasons for California Community Colleges, and the SMC Admissions Office will not be able to grant you one. Santa Monica College DOES, however, allow you to withdraw from a course through the 75th percentile of the class without risk of getting a failing grade in the class. However, you will receive a W. See the Admissions Office for details.
Late withdrawals with extenuating circumstance: After the guaranteed “W” deadline has passed, a student may withdraw from a class using the Late Withdrawal Petition Process ONLY if there are extenuating circumstances (such as verified cases of an accident, illness, or other circumstances beyond the student’s control) which make the withdrawal necessary. No grade check will be made. The student will receive a W, and units will be included in “enrolled units.” PLEASE NOTE: All students who have not withdrawn by this deadline will receive a grade of A (4.0), B (3.0), C (2.0), D (1.0), F (0.0), P (Pass), or NP (No Pass) from the instructor. Students who do not qualify for late withdrawal or who cease to attend the class without notifying the Admissions Office, may receive a grade of F (0.0).
Students who have completed a course—including taking the final exam or submitting final projects—are not eligible for a late withdrawal. A student contesting a grade for a completed course should meet with the instructor.
A complete explanation of how withdrawal deadlines are determined is available online (see ) and in the annual SMC catalog (online at www.smc.edu/catalog).
PLEASE NOTE: Short-term and open-ended courses have their own deadlines (go to for details).
POLICY ON FEES ATTENTION: Payment Policy
Payment of enrollment and related fees for Winter session courses you enroll in is due by December 14, 2016, at 7 p.m. If you enroll in any course(s) after this payment deadline, you must pay the enrollment and related fees by midnight the same day or you will be dropped from the course(s). Please see for more details about the payment policy and payment deadlines.
If you do not drop a course by the refund deadline, you will be responsible for paying the fees—even if you did not go to class—and a hold will be placed on your records. A hold on your records prevents you from enrolling in courses at SMC and restricts access to Admissions Office services such as providing transcripts, issuing diplomas, etc. The hold will remain in place until all fees are paid.
See for the latest details.
This is a state-mandated student enrollment fee of per unit, and is subject to change without notice.
SMC Student I.D. Card & Associated Students Activities Fee
This is an optional fee of .50 that includes the fee of , which funds the cost of the SMC Student I.D. card with picture, and the Associated Student Activities fee of .50, which funds services (such as “Any Line, Any Time” rides on the Big Blue Bus) and activities for the entire Santa Monica College student body.
The SMC Student I.D. card fee and Associated Students Activities fee are both optional. Contact the Admissions Office or Bursar’s Office at time of enrollment if you do not wish to pay these fees.
Health Services Fee
This is a mandatory fee of that provides a variety of health services. Students are exempt from paying the Health Services fee if they:
Enroll exclusively in noncredit or not-for-credit courses, or enroll in online classes only, or
Declare in a personally-signed statement that they depend exclusively on prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect (documentation of such an affiliation is required).
Nonresident Tuition Fee
The mandatory tuition fee for students classified as nonresidents (including students who are citizens of a foreign country and hold only temporary resident status in the United States) is 9 per semester unit (plus enrollment fee, for a total of 5 per semester unit), or 5 per semester unit (plus enrollment fee, for a total of 1 per semester unit) for students who qualify for an Assembly Bill 947 exemption. See the residency requirements at and click on the “Residency” link, or contact the residence clerk in the Admissions Office for AB 947 exemption details. Please see the Fees webpage at www.smc.edu/fees for details. Please note: All nonresident tuition fees are subject to change without notice.
Upper Division Coursework Fee
The mandatory upper division coursework fee for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in Interaction Design is per graded unit. This fee is IN ADDITION TO the per unit enrollment fee, for a total of 0 per graded unit for students classified as residents. Students classified as nonresidents must pay the mandatory upper division coursework fee of per graded unit IN ADDITION TO the enrollment fee AND the 9 tuition fee, for a total of 9 per graded unit. Students who qualify for an Assembly Bill 947 exemption must pay the mandatory upper division coursework fee of per graded unit IN ADDITION TO the enrollment fee AND the 5 tuition fee, for a total of 5 per graded unit.
Materials & Supplies Fees
Some classes require additional fees for materials and supplies. Students should consult the class listings in the Schedule of Classes to determine whether any such fees are required. Fees for materials and supplies are not refundable.
On-Campus Parking Decal Fee
This fee is required ONLY if you wish to use the on-campus parking facilities at SMC’s main campus (parking is FREE at satellite campuses, BUT requires a decal; see for details). Regular parking decals—which can be purchased online through Corsair Connect—are for the Fall or Spring semester and for the Winter or Summer session. Funds from this fee are used to maintain and improve SMC’s parking facilities.
Students who qualify for a BOG A Fee Waiver because they or their family currently receive benefits under Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF/CalWORKs), or SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income), or General Assistance/General Relief are eligible to purchase an on-campus parking decal for for the Fall or Spring semester and for the Summer or Winter session.
Returned Payments & Outstanding Balances
Returned checks and rejected credit card payments are subject to a fee of up to and are taken care of at the Auxiliary Services Office, located at 1738 Pearl St. An administrative hold will be placed on your records. If you leave SMC owing a balance and do not pay it, you will be responsible for all collection costs and/or attorney’s fees. This debt may also be reported to all three major credit bureaus.
WITHDRAWAL REFUND SCHEDULE
If you are eligible for a refund, it will be processed and mailed to you within approximately 45 days of the start of the term.
No refunds of enrollment fees are available to you if you withdraw from Winter session classes after the published refund deadline for enrolled classes. Refund deadlines for enrolled classes can be found in your Corsair Connect account next to your enrolled classes. If you withdraw prior to the deadline date, you will receive a 100% refund of enrollment fees (minus a processing charge of ). See for more information on withdrawal refund deadlines.
If you withdraw from Winter session classes at Santa Monica College before the published refund deadlines for the classes in which you are enrolled, you will receive a 100% tuition refund, minus any relevant processing fees.
Student Services, Activities & Health Fee
If you withdraw from Winter session classes at Santa Monica College before your semester’s published refund deadline, you will receive a 100% refund for the Health fee, the SMC Student I.D. fee, and the A.S. fee.
On-Campus Parking Decal Fee
The parking fee is not refundable after 10% of the term. To obtain a refund, present your parking decal and receipt at the Bursar’s Office.
SPECIAL STUDY LOAD REQUIREMENTS
Programs of twelve (12) units or more are considered “full time” for most purposes, including athletics program eligibility, veteran eligibility, Social Security recipients, and most health and automobile insurance policies. Additional study load requirements include:
Athletics Program Eligibility:
Minimum of twelve (12) units (9 of which must be considered academic) enrolled during season of competition PLUS minimum of twenty-four (24) units (18 of which must be considered academic) completed prior to second season of competition. Please consult with an athletic counselor regarding what is considered an “academic” and “nonacademic” unit.
NOTE: Taking classes of different lengths during a semester may affect your benefits, because benefits are paid only for the length of time a class is offered. For example, if you enroll in an 8-week class offered at the end of a 16-week semester, you will receive payment for only the 8-week period.
Full Time: Twelve (12) units for a full semester
Six (6) units for an 8-week session
Four (4) units for a 6-week session
Three-Fourths Time: Nine (9) to eleven (11) units for a full semester
Four (4) to five (5) units for an 8-week session
Three (3) units for a 6-week session
Half Time: Six (6) to eight (8) units for a full semester
Three (3) units for an 8-week session
Two (2) units for a 6-week session
UNIT LOAD LIMIT
Students who are in good standing may take up to sixteen (16) units during the Fall or Spring semester, and eight (8) units during the Summer or Winter session. Please consult a counselor for details.
BOG Fee Waiver Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement
The State of California now requires BOG Fee Waiver recipients to meet certain minimum academic standards. Please note:
To remain BOG Fee Waiver eligible, students must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and a course completion rate of at least 50%.
Students who fail to meet the GPA and/or completion rate standards will be placed on BOG Fee Wavier Probation.
Students on BOG Fee Waiver Probation have one major term (Fall or Spring semester) to raise their GPA and/or completion rate.
Students who fail to raise their GPA and/or completion rate up to the minimum standards may become ineligible for a BOG Fee Waiver for the next Fall or Spring semester unless they (a) have already enrolled in the next Fall or Spring semester; or (b) have not yet completed 12 units.
For more information about the new BOG Enrollment Fee Waiver Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement, including how to appeal the loss of BOG Waiver eligibility, please go to the SMC Financial Aid webpage.
PREREQUISITES & COREQUISITES CHALLENGES
Students who have not completed prerequisite or corequisite courses at Santa Monica College or other colleges may challenge the requirement under certain circumstances by submitting a Prerequisite Challenge Petition to the appropriate academic department. The student bears the initial burden of proof to show that grounds exist for the challenge. Please see the annual SMC catalog (available online at ) for a detailed description of the challenge process.
Students wishing to take courses on a pass/no pass (P/NP) basis must apply in the Admissions Office. Deadlines to apply are posted online. Please go to for details. The decision to take a course on a P/NP basis is irrevocable after the deadline has passed.
Santa Monica College does not permit auditing of classes. All students attending credit or noncredit classes at Santa Monica College must be officially enrolled through SMC’s Admissions Office. Older adults attending free, noncredit classes on topics of interest to seniors must be enrolled through Emeritus College. Students attending fee-based not-for-credit classes to explore personal interests or gain professional certification—or attending free English as a Second Language (ESL) and other noncredit adult education classes offered through SMC Community Education—must be enrolled through the SMCCE office.
California Code of Regulations Title 5 limits the number of times a student may repeat a course in the California Community College system. These regulations also require all current and prior course enrollments, repetitions, and withdrawals in a student’s enrollment record to be counted toward the maximum limit.
If you would like—or need—to repeat a course in which you have previously earned an unsatisfactory grade or a W, you may re-enroll ONE TIME without the need to request permission from a counselor. After that, you MUST talk to one of SMC’s academic counselors. Check the Santa Monica College catalog (available online at ) for details.
The Associate degree is granted upon completion of sixty (60) degree-applicable units (general education, area of study, and electives) with a cumulative grade point average of C (2.0) or higher. A minimum of twelve (12) units must be completed at Santa Monica College.
You must file a Petition for Graduation with the Admissions Office. Deadlines for filing:
Spring—Start of Winter session through April 15
Summer—Start of Summer session through July 31
Fall—Start of Fall semester through December 1
Check the Santa Monica College catalog (available online at ) for details, including requirements for graduating with honors.
Unless specifically exempted by statute or regulation, every course, course selection, or class offered and maintained by the Santa Monica Community College District and reported for state aid shall be fully open to enrollment and participation by any person who has been admitted to Santa Monica College and who meets the prerequisites established according to regulations contained in Article 2.5, Subchapter 1, Chapter 6, Division 6 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
Statement OF NONDISCRIMINATION
The Santa Monica Community College District is committed to building an inclusive and diverse environment and maintains a comprehensive program to ensure that practice reflects these principles. Diversity within the college environment provides opportunity to foster mutual awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity, to challenge ingrained stereotypes, and to promote mutual understanding and respect. The District’s equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination policies are set forth in Board Policies 2405, 2410, 3120-3123, 5220, 5230, and 5530. As set forth in these Board Policies, the District is committed to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination in the learning and work environments in accordance with all applicable laws, including, without limitation, California Code of Regulations, Title 5, § 59300 et seq., California Government Code §§ 11135-11139.5, the Sex Equity in Education Act (California Education Code § 66250 et seq.), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. § 12100 et seq.), and the Age Discrimination Act (42 U.S.C. § 6101).
It is important for students, employees, and others associated with the College to report concerns about possible violations of the District’s policies regarding equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination. If you need information about the District’s policies or need to report a violation of the laws listed above, you should contact:
SMC Human Resources Office, (310) 434-4415 or (located on the second floor of the SMC Administration Building, 2714 Pico Blvd), regarding any complaint of unlawful discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual discrimination; or
Steve Hunt, ADA/504 Compliance Officer, (310) 434-4689 or (office located in Room 265 of the SMC Library), regarding disability discrimination complaints.
Declaración de no discriminación
El Distrito de Santa Monica Community College tiene el compromiso de crear un ambiente inclusivo y diverso y de mantener un programa comprensivo para asegurarse de que la practica refleja estos principios. La diversdad entre el ambiente colegial provée oportunidad para fomentar el conocimiento, la erudición, y la sensibilidad mutual, luchar contra los estereotipos arraigados, y promover la comprensión y respeto mutual. Las reglas del Distrito sobre igualdad de oportunidades del empleo y de nondiscriminación se disponen en las polisas 2405, 2410, 3120-3123, 5220, 5230 y 5530. El Distrito está comprometido a la igualdad de oportunidades y nondiscriminación en los ambientes de la educación y del trabajo en acuerdo con las leyes, incluyendo, sin la limitación, el Código de las Regulaciones de California Título 5, § 59300 y ss.; el Código de Gobierno de California §§ 11135-11139.5; la Ley sobre Equidad de Sexo en la Educación (Código de Educación de California § 66250 y ss.); el Título VI de la Ley de 1964 sobre Derechos Civiles (42 U.S.C. § 2000d); el Título IX de las Enmiendas de Educación de 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681), Artículo 504 de la Ley de 1973 sobre Rehabilitación (29 U.S.C. § 794); la Ley de 1990 sobre Americanos con Incapacidades (42 U.S.C. § 12100 y ss.); y la Ley sobre Discriminación por Edad (42 U.S.C. § 6101).
Es importante que los estudiantes, el personal y las demás personas relacionadas con el SMC reportan las inquietudes sobre posibles violaciones de las polisas relacionadas a la igualdad de oportunidades del empleo y de nondiscriminación. Si Ud. necesita información sobre las polisas del Distrito o tiene que reportar una violación de cualquier de estas leyes, debe ponerse en contacto con:
La oficina de SMC Human Resources (310) 434-4415 o (ubicada en el segundo piso del Edificio Administrativo del SMC en 2714 Pico Blvd.) sobre cualquier reporte de discriminación, incluyendo el acoso sexual o discriminación sexual; o con
Steve Hunt, ADA/504 Oficial de Conformidad (310) 434-4689 o (oficina ubicada en la Sala 265 de la biblioteca) sobre reportes de discriminación por discapacidad.
Santa Monica College는 포괄적이며 다양한 환경 조성에 헌신하고 있으며 이런 원칙의 실현을 보장하기 위해 통합적인 프로그램을 유지하고 있습니다. 대학 환경 내에서의 다양성은 상호인식, 지식, 그리고 감성을 육성하기 위해 깊이 배어든 고정관념에 도전하고, 상호 이해와 존중을 증진하는 기회를 제공합니다. 당 교육구의 평등 고용 기회 및 비차별 정책 조항들은 교육위원회 정책 제 2405, 2410, 3120-3123, 5220, 5230 및 5530조항에 명시되어 있습니다. 교육위원회 정책에 명시된 바와 같이, 당 교육구는 다음을 포함하고, 이에 국한되지 않는 모든 준거법에 따라 배움과 근무하는 환경에서 평등한 고용 기회와 차별이 없도록 하는데에 헌신하고 있습니다. 캘리포니아주 법률집 표제5, 제59300 및 이하 참조, 캘리포니아주 정부법 제11135 - 11139.5,남녀평등 교육법(캘리포니아 교육법 제66250 및 이하 참조), 1964년 민권법 표제VI(42 U.S.C. § 2000d), 1972년 교육개정법 표제IX(20 U.S.C. § 1681), 1973년 재활법 제504조(29 U.S.C. § 794), 1990년 미국 장애인 보호법(42 U.S.C. § 12100 및 이하 참조) 및 연령차별금지법(42 U.S.C. § 6101).
학생, 직원 및 그 외 대학과 관련있는 사람들이 평등한 고용 기회와 비차별에 대한 당 교육구의 정책위반의 가능성에 대한 우려를 신고하는 것은 중요합니다. 당 교육구의 정책에 대한 정보를 원하거나 위에 나열된 법률 위반을 신고해야 하는 경우에는 아래 담당자들에게 연락해야 합니다.
성추행 및 성차별을 포«‘한 ∫“법 차별 행위에 대한 모든 항의/신고 - 샌디 정 SMC Human Resources Office, (310) 434-4415 (SMC 행정관 2층에 위치, 2714 Pico Blvd), 또는
장애 차별에 대한 모든 항의/불만 신고 – 스티브 헌트 (Steve Hunt), ADA/504 Compliance Officer, (310) 434-4689 또는 (SMC 도서관 2층 265호에 사무실 위치)
STUDENT PRIVACY & DIRECTORY INFORMATION
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. California law requires that records be provided within 15 working days.
A student should submit to the Dean of Enrollment Services or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The College discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for College.
Upon request, the College also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
FERPA requires that College with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your education records. However, College may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the College to the contrary in accordance with College procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the College to include this type of information from your education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
A playbill, showing your role in a drama production;
Honor roll or other recognition lists;
Graduation programs; and
Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without your prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, federal law requires the College to provide military recruiters, upon request, with certain directory information.
If you do not want the College to disclose directory information from your education records without your prior written consent, you should file a written request with the Admissions Office.
The College has designated the following information as directory information: student name; city of residence; age; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; dates of attendance; student photograph; degrees and awards received and most recent previous school attended.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
For a full explanation of FERPA and its implications for college students, please contact the Admissions Office.
STUDENT RIGHT-TO-KNOW & CAMPUS SECURITY
To comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Public Law 101-542), Santa Monica College makes available the completion and transfer rates of first-time, full-time students seeking certificates, degrees, or transfer, as well as statistical information about the types and number of crimes on campus. The College provides this data to inform all current and prospective students—as “consumers” of higher education—on how well Santa Monica College compares with other postsecondary institutions.
Completion & Transfer Rates
The completion and transfer rates presented here are derived from the most current data available at the time this Schedule of Classes went to press.
Completion rates are calculated by tracking a cohort (group) of first-time students seeking a certificate, degree, or transfer. For the cohort of first-time freshmen entering SMC in Fall 2012, 28.61% earned a certificate or degree, transferred to a four-year institution, and/or became transfer-prepared (earned 60 or more transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or higher) within three years of beginning coursework at SMC.
Transfer rates are calculated by tracking a cohort (group) of first-time students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. For the cohort of first-time freshmen entering SMC in Fall 2012, 16.85% transferred to a four-year institution within three years of beginning coursework at SMC.
For the cohort of degree and/or transfer seeking first-time students who started in 2008-09, 47.5% successfully completed a degree, certificate, or transfer-related outcome within six years.
Crime Statistics for the College Community
Campus crime statistics are compiled and reported according to the guidelines specified in the Clery Act (20 USC 1092F), as defined under the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting procedures. SMC’s crime statistics are available online at the US Department of Education website (ope.ed.gov/security) and at the SMC Campus Police website (). Campus crime statistics—along with safety and crime prevention information—can also be found at many locations at SMC, and are available to the public upon request. Contact the SMC Campus Police Office (434-4608) for details.
ACADEMIC ADJUSTMENTS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
SMC complies with State and Federal law with regard to modifying academic policies and procedures and information technology as needed to ensure that they do not discriminate, or have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability, against qualified applicants or students with disabilities. For details on adjustments and the procedure for requesting them, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities, located in Room 101 of the Admissions/Student Services Complex; voice (310) 434-4265; video phone (866) 957-1809.
Probationary & Disqualified Student Policies
Santa Monica College students are expected to take responsibility for meeting the SMC Student Success Standards of “Academic Achievement” (maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all classes taken at Santa Monica College) and “Timely Progress” (not exceeding the allowed percentage of I, W, and NP notations). Failure to meet these standards can lead to:
Academic probation or progress probation, either one of which will limit how many units a student may enroll in, which cannot exceed a maximum of 9 units in a Spring or Fall semester, or 5 units in a Winter or Summer session;
Academic disqualification; or
Both academic and progress disqualification will result in a limit of up to six (6) units maximum during the Spring and Fall semesters—and up to three (3) units maximum in the Winter and Summer sessions—if a student is reinstated. If a student has been disqualified from SMC more than once, the student will be asked to take a break from attending SMC for up to a maximum of one year.
If there is ANY possibility that you may be placed on academic or progress probation or be disqualified, you should IMMEDIATELY make arrangements to discuss your situation with a counselor. For details, please visit the SMC Counseling website at and click on the “Disqualified and Probation Policies” link in the menu on the left-hand side of the page, or see a counselor. Additional information on academic and progress probation, academic and progress disqualification, and requirements for reinstatement is also available in the annual SMC catalog (available online at www.smc.edu/catalog).
PLEASE NOTE: Students who are disqualified for academic and/or progress reasons due to Fall 2016 grades will be dropped AUTOMATICALLY from all previously enrolled Spring 2017 classes.
Santa Monica College has an Honor Code, Code of Academic Conduct, and Rules for Student Conduct, and may discipline students in accordance with code provisions. The College also has the authority to remove students from a class or program if they are disruptive of the instructional process, they do not respect the rights of others, they cannot benefit from instruction, or they present health and/or safety hazards to others. To protect the interests of both the College and its students, SMC has an established “due process” through which its disciplinary and removal powers are exercised. As a further safeguard of student rights, an appeal procedure exists for these policies, as well as for appeals of grades, matriculation, and disqualification. The appropriate Appeals Committee will hear student appeals.
Check the annual Santa Monica College catalog (available online at ) for additional information.
Code of Academic Conduct
Santa Monica College is a community-oriented, open-door educational institution whose purpose is to educate and enlighten members of the community who seek knowledge. In order to uphold the academic integrity of the institution, all members of the academic community—students and faculty alike—must assume responsibility for providing an educational environment of the highest standards, characterized by a spirit of academic honesty.
Under no circumstances will academic dishonesty be tolerated at Santa Monica College.
Academic Dishonesty Defined
Santa Monica College defines academic dishonesty as the act of or assistance in deceiving, including fraud or deception in any academic exercise. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, certain actions not authorized by the instructor or testing officer, such as using notes or testing aids, allowing someone else to assume one’s identity, falsifying records, plagiarism, changing answers on a previously scored assignment or exam, copying, inventing information to complete a lab experiment or case analysis, and talking or giving information by any means during an exam. Check the annual SMC catalog (available online at ) for additional details, including information on the consequences for academic conduct violations.
Honor Code/Honor Council
Santa Monica College is committed to the academic, social, and ethical development of our students. We strive to create a learning environment that is challenging and supportive of the community at large. We are committed to upholding fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, civility, and community.
The College has instituted an Honor Code that students are expected to uphold, and has established an Honor Council responsible for promoting, addressing, and resolving issues pertaining to academic integrity.
A complete copy of “Honor Code/Honor Council” (SMC AR 4412) text—which spells out the details of the Honor Code and the structure and responsibilities of the Honor Council—is available online (see ).
Student Conduct Code
Students enrolled in the College have an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. A complete copy of the “Rules for Student Conduct” (SMC AR 4410) is available online (see ).
Disciplinary sanctions include, but are not limited to, verbal or written reprimands, probation, a disciplinary hold, removal from class, ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities, suspension, and expulsion. If a written report is placed in a student’s disciplinary file, the student has the right to inspect and appeal the information (Cal. Ed. Code § 76232). The College Disciplinarian is responsible for enforcing these sanctions. A complete copy of the “Rules for Student Conduct” (SMC AR 4410) is available online (see ).
Students with complaints, grievances, and personal concerns about Santa Monica College or any of its policies are encouraged to discuss them with the College Ombudsperson. The Ombudsperson provides support and encouragement to students, and attempts to present options and solutions. Complaints are handled confidentially on a case-by-case basis.
Students with complaints about a grade should discuss this with the Ombudsperson in time to meet the deadline to file a formal appeal. The deadlines to discuss grade complaints with the Ombudsperson are:
October 15 for Spring semester grades,
November 15 for Summer session grades,
April 15 for Fall semester grades, and
May 15 for Winter session grades.
For more information, contact the Ombudsperson, or visit the Ombudsperson’s webpage ().
Regulation on Alcohol & Drugs
The abuse of alcohol or other drugs causes serious risks to a person’s health.
California state law prohibits the use, sale, or possession on campus of alcohol, or presence on campus of students who are under the influence of any controlled substance. (Cal. Ed. Code §§ 76032-76033)
The Santa Monica College Health and Psychological Services Center provides short-term psychological counseling, referral, and substance abuse/alcohol abuse information.
Students enrolling in the College assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. SMC will impose disciplinary sanctions for the use, sale, or possession of alcohol or presence of any prohibited controlled substance, which include, but are not limited to, verbal or written reprimands, disciplinary probation, removal from classes, ineligibility to participate in extracurricular activities, suspension, expulsion, or possible referral to local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies.
Smoke Free Campus
Santa Monica College is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff with a healthy, comfortable, productive environment that is free from the effects of second-hand smoke. SMC became a smoke-free campus in Fall 2007, following the example of many colleges, universities, and other public institutions throughout the US. Smoking—including the use of e-cigarettes or vaporizers—is not be permitted in any District building, vehicle, or facility, or on District grounds, with the exception of designated outdoor areas on the periphery of all campuses. These are temporarily designated as smoking areas, as a way for the College to transition into becoming entirely smoke free.
Selective Service Notice to Male Students
Federal law requires men age 18-25 to be registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) if they are US citizens or immigrant aliens (international students who hold valid student visas are exempt from this requirement). Men must be registered before they can receive federal or state financial aid (including loans and grants) for their education. Registration forms are available online at and at any post office.
The following is a summary of Santa Monica College’s residency rules and their exceptions. For more detailed information, please go to and click on the “Residency” link in the Policies & Programs section of the webpage, or contact the residence clerk in the Admissions Office.
Each person applying for admission to, or enrolled in, a California Community College is classified for tuition purposes as either a “resident” or a “nonresident” of the State of California.
A “resident” is defined as a citizen of the United States or a person who holds a status that allows him or her to establish residency in the United States for a minimum of one year and one day, who has proof of physical presence in the State of California for one year and one day PRIOR TO the start of the semester for which California residency is being claimed, and who presents evidence of intention to make California his or her permanent home. Dates on any documentary evidence should correspond to dates of physical presence in California.
A “nonresident” is a person who does not meet the residency requirements of the State of California or who is a citizen of a foreign country and holds only temporary status in the U.S.
A student classified as a resident will be admitted to the College and exempt from paying nonresident tuition. Enrollment fees ( per unit; subject to change) still apply.
A student classified as a nonresident is required to pay a tuition fee of 9 or 5 (with AB 947 exemption) per semester unit in addition to enrollment fees of per unit (subject to change).
A nonresident continuing student between the ages of 19 and 23 (inclusive) requesting reclassification to resident status must submit a petition for change of residency status (Reclassification Form, obtained from the residence clerk in the Admissions Office), show proof of financial independence, provide documents that show the student was not claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes by parents in the past year, and present evidence of intent to establish California as his or her place of residence. Please see the Admissions Office website at for helpful tips on establishing California residency.
RESIDENCE OF AN ADULT
A student who is 19 years of age or older and who has lived in California continuously for the last two years shall be presumed to have the intent to make California his or her home.
A student under 19 years of age shall be presumed to have the intent to make California his or her home if both the student and his or her parent(s) have lived in California continuously for the last two years.
A student who is 19 years of age or older applying for admission who has less than two years, but more than one year, of residence in California should be prepared to show proof of residence. Examples of evidence that aid the College admissions officer in identifying intent include, but are not limited to, the following documents:
California Form 540 and Federal Form 1040 tax returns evidencing California residency/address (with acceptable dates);
Paycheck stub OR letter of employment verification on company letterhead (signed by a manager of the personnel department);
California bank account (checking or savings account statements);
Marriage license or divorce decree issued in California (with acceptable dates);
License or certificate issued by the State (with acceptable issue and expiration dates);
California utility bill (one ONLY of the following: DWP, gas, telephone, cable, or other utility);
California State aid or social welfare;
Vehicle registration and/or vehicle insurance (California company);
California-based health insurance OR Medi-Cal ID;
Military discharge papers (DD214) OR Leave and Earnings statement indicating California as State of Record;
California property taxes (in student’s name ONLY);
Union membership in a California local; and
California public library membership (verified by letter or printout with letterhead or branch stamp).
Any two or more of the above items will give some indication of a student’s intent to make California his or her permanent residence. Dates on documents must correspond with physical presence of one year and one day. Bring documentation to the Admissions Office. Restrictions apply. Please visit and click on the “Residency” link in the Policies & Programs section of the webpage for further details.
RESIDENCE OF A MINOR
Unmarried minors (those younger than 18 years of age) are, by law, incapable of establishing their own residences, notwithstanding their physical presence within California. Admissions will use the following guidelines for determining a minor’s residence:
A minor’s residence is the residence of the parent or legal guardian with whom the minor is living;
If the minor is not living with a parent or legal guardian, then the residence of the parent or legal guardian with whom the minor last lived will be the residence of the minor.
When the residence of a minor student is derived from the parent or legal guardian, the durational requirement (one year in California) must be met by the parent or guardian, but is not required of the student.
A minor whose parents are not living and who does not have a legal guardian may establish his or her own residence.
Exceptions to the above guidelines will be made under certain circumstances as prescribed by California law and outlined in Administrative Regulation 4110 Residency Determination. See for details.
VACA EXCEPTION (VACA H.R. 3230)
According to the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act (VACA H.R. 3230), a “covered individual” is defined as:
A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
A spouse or child entitled to transferred education benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty) who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
After expiration of the 3-year period following discharge or death as described in 38 U.S.C. 3679(c), a student who initially qualifies under the applicable requirements above will maintain “covered individual” status as long as he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the institution, even if the student enrolls in multiple programs, and shall continue to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition and other fees.
Assembly Bill 540 (CAL. ED. CODE § 68130.5 EXEMPTION)
Assembly Bill 540 creates an exemption from payment of nonresident tuition for certain nonresident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent in California. If you meet ALL of the following conditions, you will qualify for this tuition exemption:
Attended a California high school for three or more years, or attained credits earned in California from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework, or attended a combination of elementary, middle, and/ or high schools in California for a total of three or more years;
Graduated from a California high school or attained the equivalent thereof (e.g., passed the GED in California or the California High School Proficiency exam); and
If you do not have lawful immigration status, file an affidavit with the College that indicates you have applied for legalization, or will do so as soon as you are eligible to do so. The affidavit form is available online and may be downloaded at (requires Acrobat Reader).
In order to qualify, you must submit ALL of the following documentation:
A signed affidavit (AB 540 form) indicating you have either applied for lawful immigration status or intend to apply as soon as you are eligible; and
Your “official” California high school transcript (in a sealed envelope) showing your attendance for three or more years and date of graduation. NOTE: Adult School does not count toward years of attendance.
If you did not graduate from a California high school, but obtained instead a GED or California High School Proficiency Certificate, you must also submit your official GED certificate or California High School Proficiency certificate with the score report.
This benefit is available to all US citizens, permanent residents of the US, and aliens (including those who are undocumented) who are not categorized as nonimmigrants, who meet all of the above criteria. AB 540 does NOT grant residency; however, it does allow students to pay the same fees as California residents.
For more details or to obtain an application, please contact the Admissions Office.
ASSEMBLY BILL 947 (CAL. ED. CODE § 76141 EXEMPTION)
A student classified as a nonresident is required to pay a tuition fee of 9 per semester unit (plus enrollment fee, for a total of 5 per semester unit). However, Assembly Bill 947 creates a partial exemption from payment of nonresident tuition for certain nonresident students who can demonstrate economic hardship, or who are victims of persecution or discrimination in the country in which the students are a citizen and resident. The amount of the partial exemption is limited to that portion of the nonresident tuition fee allowed under Section 76141, which provides for a fee for capital outlay, maintenance, and equipment. Students qualifying for this exemption may pay a nonresident tuition fee of only 5 per semester unit (plus enrollment fee, for a total of 1 per semester unit).
For purposes of this exemption, economic hardship encompasses the financial circumstances of a person who is a recipient of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program described in Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act (42 USC §§ 601 et seq.), the Supplemental Income/State Supplementary Program, or a general assistance program.
For more details, please contact the Admissions Office.
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Donald Girard, Senior Director, Government Relations and Institutional Communication
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