Housing Costs

Average one-year net cost of attendance


Note: Prices reflect Fall 2017-Spring 2018 costs for in-district students.

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The net cost of attendance is the cost of attendance minus grants and scholarships. It is a more accurate estimate of the actual cost to you than the cost of attendance.



of first-time college students receive aid at SMC.

The average amount of scholarships and grants (that's money that does not need to be repaid) is $4,856.

Tuition Breakdown

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees:




Books and supplies:
















Net Cost of Attendance









Cost of attendance:




Avg. grants and scholarships:




Net Cost:




"But I don't have $9,075"


Working a minimum wage job for 20 hours per week, you'll earn around $1,869 per semester (after taxes)—that's $3,738 for two semesters. At this point you will need another $5,337.



SMC has a number of on-campus employment opportunities open to students. You can also check out our regional job postings for additional opportunities.


As a last resort, loans are available to help cover your remaining expenses. The maximum amount of federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans a first-time student can use is $5,500. However, we strongly encourage students to use as few loan dollars as possible. Learn more here.

SMC Degree Worth Arrow  Is a SMC degree worth it?

YES! Let the facts speak for themselves:

  • 100% of our recent School of Nursing and Health Services grads are employed in their field.
  • Associate degree holders earn significantly more money over their lifetime than high-school graduates.
  • Unemployment rates for associate degree holders are lower than unemployment rates among high-school graduates.
  • Those with associate degrees in technical fields often out-earn bachelor's degree holders.
  • Most programs require internships. When you leave SMC, you won't just leave with a degree; you will have practical experience that is invaluable to the job search.
  • Earning a degree establishes credibility. It shows potential employers that you have the training to fulfill a job's responsibilities.

Campus Worth Arrow  Is living on-campus worth it?

The decision to live on campus should be considered carefully. While it is a great additional expense, it can be very rewarding.

Studies show that, on average, students who live on campus are more likely to...

  • Get better grades
  • Be exposed to more cultures, ideas and diversity
  • Have better communication skills (a skill very appealing to employers)
  • Have more self-confidence
  • Interact with faculty and staff
  • Be involved in campus activities and hold leadership positions

Additionally, as a student, you...

  • Will have easier access to advising and support services such as free tutoring, writing help and career planning
  • Don’t have to waste time on a commute
  • Will gain more independence and learn life skills
  • Will meet friends that will last a lifetime
  • Can take advantage of campus life and all that SMC offers

SMC’s on-campus housing is not like typical residence halls. Private bedrooms and full kitchens provide all the convenience of home. See more here.

What's next?

*These costs are averages based on a full-time student taking 15 credit hours per semester. Average grants and scholarships are based on 2015 statistics, the latest year for which data is available. Your actual cost of attendance and financial aid will vary.