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Santa Monica College Tuition & Costs

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$14,388 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$1,140 tuition
$11,556 off campus room & board
$1,656 books and supplies
$36 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)

$20,808 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$7,560 tuition
$11,556 off campus room & board
$1,656 books and supplies
$36 fees
(Based on stats from 2013/2014)
Estimated Net Price
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Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 22.6% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 12.8% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $4,524 57%
Federal Grant Aid $4,359 42%
Pell Grants $4,237 42%
Other Federal Grants $172 30%
Institution Grant Aid - 0%
State Grant Aid $1,337 54%
Student Loans $4,129 3%
Federal Loans $3,749 2%
Other Loans $10,400 0%

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Financial Aid Contact Info
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628
(310) 434-4000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $46
Out of State $315


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Amanda from Los Angeles, CA
  • Dec-29-2014 I am a current student here

    If you speak with the right counselor and take the right professors, it can be a great school. However, the chances of getting to choose all your desired classes can often seem slim to none. The location is one of the safest out of all the other community colleges in the greater Los Angeles area. That being said, a school should be able to offer enough classes, but the process of completing school can often be prolonged due to over-crowding of classes.

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  • Caroline from Santa Monica, CA
  • Sep-13-2014 I am a current student here

    Santa Monica College is, in my opinion and according to several sources, probably one of the best community colleges in California and even in the US. But you probably already know that and would like to learn things that you did not already read 200 times, I will try to help you with that. If you are looking for the best teachers in California or the most beautiful school in the area, this is not the place. Why so ? because it is a community college, not a 4 year university. However, lots of people who come to SMC for the 1st time say things like Duuuuude, your school looks like a 4 year university, that's awesome , Wow they have like clubs and stuff happening like all over the place, that's insane or Free pizza ? Really ? Hell yeah !. So, as you probably understood, SMC tries to make the students feel as if they were already in a 4 year university. Teachers also do that in class by making their tests similar to tests you would take in a 4 year university. My history teacher said we don't want you guys to freak out when you arrive at UCLA or CSUN and see all of the homework you have to do and all of the research papers you have to write, that's why we'll start this right now. This might sound a bit scary but, since most students are here to transfer, I believe this is definitely a plus. If you're reading this as an international student, you might like to know that most of the international students are form Korea, China and Korea but you can meet students from I believe every single continent. They're always happy to meet other international students since most of them got here on their own and did not know anyone else either when they arrived. Even though we do not have dorms on campus, it is pretty easy to meet people and make friends here. Lots of people hang out at the quad, which is right in the middle of campus, clubs are also pretty popular and most teachers will ask you to work in groups at some point so you will necessarily end up meeting people and most of us are friendly and open minded so don't be afraid to come talk to us.

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