Tuition and Fees - In-District

Average one-year net cost of attendance


Note: Prices reflect Fall 2016-Summer 2017 costs.


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) for full-time, first-time freshmen is $5,105

Tuition Breakdown

Net cost of attendance

Cost of attendance







Books and supplies:





$     900





Cost of attendance:



Avg. grants and scholarships:



Net Cost:



"But I don't have $1,885."


Working a minimum wage job for 20 hours per week, you'll earn around $1,666 per semester (after taxes)—that's $3,432 for two semesters, more than enough to cover that $1,885.

If you work the same amount during the summer, you can make another $1,666 to spend however you want—or better yet, to save for the future.


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 while in school. 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.

What's next?

*These costs are averages based on a full-time student living with parents 30 miles from campus, driving four days a week and taking 15 credits per semester. Your actual cost of attendance and financial aid will vary.