Public 2 Year

SMC Tuition & Cost

Santa Monica, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Santa Monica College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,746
Other Fees$44
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $11,556
Other Expenses Budget$4,262
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Santa Monica College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,746
Other Fees$44
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $11,556
Other Expenses Budget$4,262

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $18,712 to attend Santa Monica College on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $1,104 for tuition, $1,746 for books and supplies and $44 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $26,608 which is 42.2% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $9,000 while books and supplies are $1,746 and other fees come in at $44.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Santa Monica College when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Santa Monica College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$3,954
$30,001 to $48,000$4,401
$48,001 to $75,000$6,371
$75,001 to $110,000$8,963

The average reported annual net price for Santa Monica College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $6,625 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

66% of full-time undergrad Santa Monica College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $4,533 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 1% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,024.

Finanical Aid Santa Monica College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $4,533 66%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $1,190 1%
Pell Grants $4,747 38%
Other Federal Grants $199 27%
State and Local Grants $1,737 65%
Federal Student Loans $5,024 1%
Other Student Loans $9,417 0%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Santa Monica College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $6,174. The loan balance of $6,174 is a two year multiple of the $3,087 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $59 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $6,174
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $58.91
Total Interest Paid $894.81
Sum of All Loan Payments $7,068.81

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $18,712 $26,608
2 $20,022 $28,471

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at Santa Monica College to be $37,424 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 7% annual increase over the next 2 years which is the national trend.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Santa Monica College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
California Residents $46 $138 $184
Out of State Residents $375 $1,125 $1,500

Estimated cost for a class at Santa Monica College based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Santa Monica College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Santa Monica College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122977 IPEDS survey data for Santa Monica College.