Santa Monica College

Public, Four-years School Located in Santa Monica, CA

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How much is the SMC tuition? For the academic year 2022-2023, SMC's tuition & fees is $1,150 for California residents and $9,094 for out-of-state students based on the NCES data.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $18,714 for California residents and $26,658 for out-of-state students when a student lives off-campus.

SMC Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
California Residents Tuition & Fees$1,150
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$9,094
Books & Supplies Costs$1,746
Off-campus Room & Board$11,556
Off-campus Expenses$4,262
2023-2024 Estimates
California Residents Tuition & Fees$1,154
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$9,098

How Much Does it Cost to Go to SMC for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $36,416 at SMC. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $36,408. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $23,065.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$9,098$9,096$5,763
Sophomore (2024-25)$9,102$9,100$5,765
Junior (2025-26)$9,106$9,104$5,768
Senior (2026-27)$9,110$9,108$5,770
4 Years Total$36,416$36,408$23,065
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$9,102$9,100$5,765
Sophomore (2025-26)$9,106$9,104$5,768
Junior (2026-27)$9,110$9,108$5,770
Senior (2027-28)$9,114$9,112$5,773
4 Years Total$36,432$36,424$23,076
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$9,106$9,104$5,768
Sophomore (2026-27)$9,110$9,108$5,770
Junior (2027-28)$9,114$9,112$5,773
Senior (2028-29)$9,118$9,116$5,775
4 Years Total$36,448$36,440$23,086
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$9,110$9,108$5,770
Sophomore (2027-28)$9,114$9,112$5,773
Junior (2028-29)$9,118$9,116$5,775
Senior (2029-30)$9,122$9,120$5,778
4 Years Total$36,464$36,456$23,096
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$9,114$9,112$5,773
Sophomore (2028-29)$9,118$9,116$5,775
Junior (2029-30)$9,122$9,120$5,778
Senior (2030-31)$9,126$9,124$5,780
4 Years Total$36,480$36,472$23,106

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, SMC' tuition is lower than the average tuition of $12,740. Compared to public, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is lower than the average tuition of $12,488.
In-StateOut-of-State
Santa Monica College$1,150$9,094
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,259
Public Schools$7,023$12,740
Private Schools$20,449
California Four-years Colleges$20,202
Public Schools$3,888$12,488
Private Schools$22,481

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between SMC and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (public, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationIn-StateOut-of-State
Santa Monica CollegeSanta Monica, CA$1,150$9,094
Antelope Valley Community College DistrictLancaster, CA$1,124$7,724
Bakersfield CollegeBakersfield, CA$1,430$9,560
Cypress CollegeCypress, CA$1,146$7,986
Feather River Community College DistrictQuincy, CA$1,461$9,531
Foothill CollegeLos Altos Hills, CA$1,565$11,510
MiraCosta CollegeOceanside, CA$1,152$8,448
Modesto Junior CollegeModesto, CA$1,276$7,308
Santa Ana CollegeSanta Ana, CA$1,180$8,788
Rio Hondo CollegeWhittier, CA$1,388$9,884
San Diego Mesa CollegeSan Diego, CA$1,144$7,440

Financial Aid and COA

At Santa Monica College, 12,166 students (52%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $3,332.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at SMC is $23,326 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 1,730 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $4,650 and the average amount of student loans is $4,807.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
California ResidentsOut-of-State
COA (off-campus)$18,714$26,658
Tuition & Fees$1,150$9,094
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$17,564$17,564
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$15,382$23,326
Average Financial Aid$3,332$3,332
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship12,16652%$3,332
Pell Grants5,88425%$3,968
Federal Student Loan2731%$6,214
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1,73064%-
Grants or Scholarships1,72564%$4,650
Federal Grants1,00937%$4,883
Pell Grants1,00937%$4,790
Other Federal Grants25710%$363
State/Local Grants1,67662%$1,823
Institutional Grants371%$1,041
Student Loan Aid211%$4,807
Federal Student Loans211%$4,807
Other Student Loans0--
Income LevelNumber of StudentsNumber of Students AwardedAverage Amount Aid Awarded
All level957957$7,027
0-30,000537537$7,804
30,001-48,000239239$7,055
48,001-75,000153153$4,825
75,001-110,0002525$3,840
110,001 or more33$4,596

Student Population

Santa Monica College has a total of 22,375 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 10,082 male students and 13,326 female students attending SMC. The school offers online degree programs and 10,229 students enrolled online exclusively (45.72% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Undergraduate23,408 10,08213,326

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Phone310-434-4000
WEBwww.smc.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate
Program Offered140 Programs
Online Program Offered26 Online Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population22,375
Graduation Rate32%
Transfer-out Rate19%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate26 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties327 (Full-time), 897 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs839 (Full-time), 929 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$107,816
Average Staff Salary$79,369