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Average Amount of Scholarships and Grants

On average, first-time, full-time students receive $5,187 in scholarships and grants (that's money that does not need to be repaid)3. Not a first-time, full-time student? No worries! There's likely financial aid for you too.

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Full Cost Details

Tuition and Fees, 2020-21 Academic Year

Tuition and Fees for the 2020-21 Academic Year
Student TypeTuition
Per Contact Hour
Per Contact Hour
Per Contact Hour
Per Year**
In-district* $125.50 $53.75 $179.25 $5,377.50
In-state $164.75 $53.75 $218.50 $6,555.00
Out-of-State $179.50 $53.75 $233.35 $6,997.50
Dual-enrolled $121.50 $53.75 $175.25 $5,257.50
International $208.00 $53.75 $261.75 $7,852.50

*An in-district student is one who lives in Cass County, Michigan or in Keeler or Hamilton townships in Van Buren County, Michigan.

**30 contact hours

 Housing, Fall 2020-Spring 2021

Housing Costs for the 2020-21 Academic Year
Room TypePer SemesterPer YearOne-time Application Fee
Four-bedroom Suite $3,275.00 $6,550.00 $75.00
Two-bedroom Suite $3,925.00 $7,850.00 $75.00

 Housing, Summer 2021

Housing Costs for the 2020-21 Academic Year
Room TypeSemesterOne-time Application Fee
Two- or Four-bedroom Suite $620 $0


Other Estimated Expenses

As you calculate the cost of college, you may also want to consider other expenses. Below are estimated yearly costs. Please note that actual costs will vary widely, and you may wish to calculate your own estimates based on things such as whether or not you live at home, how far you have to drive to campus, and how much you generally spend on extra items each month.

Estimated Yearly Costs

Books and Supplies: $1,722

Transportation, Commuter Student: $1,305

Transportation, On-campus Student: $850

Off-campus Room and Board, In-district Student: $6,750

Personal Expenses:  $900


Featured Grant and Scholarship Programs

Michigan Reconnect

Michigan Reconnect is a State of Michigan program that awards free community college tuition to Michigan adults ages 25+ who have not yet earned a degree. 

Learn more about Michigan Reconnect here.

SMC Guarantee

We now offer the SMC Guarantee—a scholarship of at least $600 to every new student to help remove financial barriers to attaining a college degree. 

Learn more about the SMC Guarantee here. 

Earn While You Learn

A good way to manage your costs is to work an on-campus job. Student workers earn minimum wage and can work up to 20 hours a week each semester.

Example Earnings*

Example Earnings for Student Workers
Fall Semester $2,026.50
Spring Semester $2,161.60
Summer Semester $1,351.00
Total $5,539.10

*For a student working 20 hours per week for 15 weeks in the Fall, 16 weeks in the Spring and 10 weeks in the Summer, minus 30% for taxes. Based on Michigan’s 2020 minimum wage of $9.65/hour.

Browse Student Employment Opportunities

Other Helpful Info

Payment Plans

Payment plans help students manage their costs by allowing them to pay in smaller increments throughout the semester. Learn more about payment plans.

Net Price Calculator

Use the Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of how much aid you might receive and what your cost to attend SMC would be. Use the Net Price Calculator.

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1For an in-district student taking 30 contact hours per year in the 2020-21 academic year.

2Average published tuition and fees for full-time, in-state students in the 2019-20 academic year (the last year for which data is available) according to research by College Board.

3According to data reported to IPEDS for the Fall 2017 Semester, the last year for which data is available.