Santa Monica College is offering all California high school students free college classes this summer. SMC is waiving the enrollment fee (currently $46 per unit) for students now attending Grades 8 through 11, and for certain students in Grade 12.

Students who qualify can register for up to two classes and earn up to 6 units of college credit. SMC is offering more than 800 classes this summer, with daytime and evening courses offered on-campus and online.

The SMC Board of Trustees voted recently to exempt qualifying high school students from paying enrollment fees, in order to promote a college-going culture. Waiving enrollment fees gives more students access to educational programs and opportunities, and the chance to earn college credit while still in high school.

To attend SMC, students must first receive permission from their counselor, school principal, and a parent or guardian. Then, they must apply for admission to Santa Monica College. Students currently in Grade 8 or planning to enroll in an SMC class with a prerequisite must also undergo an assessment process.

The fee exemption is offered to students who will enter Grades 9-12 in summer or fall 2015. Students who have finished high school are not eligible for the fee exemption.

Santa Monica College has held a record for 24 straight years as California’s No. 1 community college in transferring students to the University of California, and also leads in transfers to Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.

Go to or talk to a school counselor for more information, or call the SMC Admissions office at (310) 434-4447.

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