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Free SMAT Pass with Bulldog Go!

UPDATE: Due to technological issues with the SMATPay App, please read the following steps to ride the SMAT bus until the issue is fixed.

  1. Bus drivers have been made aware of the situation and have been informed to let students on after presenting their student ID cards. NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED TO BOARD FOR STUDENTS FOR THE TIME BEING.
  2. Future correspondence will be sent out regarding the mobile ticketing app.

Please reach out to the Basic Needs Office at or ext. 3011 with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Allan Hancock College is partnering with the Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) to offer free student bus passes to all currently enrolled Allan Hancock College students starting Fall 2021!

Read below for more information about this program.

How do I ride?

SMATFollow these steps to ride the SMAT bus for free!

  1. Download the SMATPAY app on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Sign in using your email address
  3. Click the "Tickets" tab at the bottom.
  4. Swipe one screen over to view the QR Code for your free bus pass!
  5. Show this pass to the bus drivers to ride for free!

How does it work?

Via the new SMAT Pay mobile ticketing app, students can ride anywhere SMAT buses go and anytime they operate. The SMAT Pay mobile ticketing app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. Please check your Hancock student email for updates on when students are eligible to use it.

With friendly drivers and a safe environment — and now free rides — SMAT is a great option for travelers headed to to and from campus. Students can use the Bulldog Go! app to get to the library or take advantage of other on-campus study spaces. Plus, there’s comfortable seating, real-time bus information and free Wi-Fi service to make the ride even better. Bikes and skateboards on the buses are welcome!

The free rides are made possible through the college's partnership with SMAT’s Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). Funding for Bulldog Go comes from an air quality grant that provides public transit support for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility while ensuring access to higher education opportunities for the community.

Please note that this program is only for the SMAT Bus and does not include the Breeze bus, RTA, or COLT services.

Check out the SMAT Bus routes and schedules

Questions? Contact the Basic Needs Office at or (805) 922-6966 ext. 3011

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California Low Cost Auto Insurance Program

Find out if you're eligible for low cost auto insurance through the CLCA by clicking the link above or by speaking to a local representative.

"California’s Low Cost Automobile (CLCA) Insurance program was established by the Legislature in 1999 and exists (pursuant to California Insurance Code Section 11629.7) as a program designed to provide income-eligible, good drivers with liability insurance protection at affordable rates as a way to meet California’s mandatory auto insurance law.

California’s Low Cost Auto (CLCA) Insurance Program is a state-sponsored program that makes insurance affordable for California residents who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of immigration status.

The CLCA Insurance program is brought to you by the California Department of Insurance and is administered by the California Automobile Assigned Risk Plan (CAARP)." 

Electrify Your Ride Incentive Program

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) is excited to share the launch of the 3CE Electric Vehicle Incentive Program for eligible customers to offset costs associated with purchasing or leasing a new or used electric vehicle (EV) in enrolled communities in the counties of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Income-qualified customers are eligible for increased incentives. 3CE believes programs like Electrify Your Ride are an opportunity to make clean vehicles more affordable and accessible to our income-qualified community. See if you qualify below:

  • You are currently enrolled in PG&E’s California Alternate Rates for Energy Programs (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA)   – OR –
  • You are currently enrolled in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

COLT (City of Lompoc transit)

COLT (City of Lompoc Transit) will resume their evening service beginning August 16.  In addition to their regular daily service, buses will depart the Lompoc campus at 8:10 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9:10 p.m., and 9:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday and drop students off at their Lompoc residence. Normal COLT fares apply. Monthly bus passes are available for purchase from our cashiers.  For more information, contact COLT at 805-736-7666.

SMAT (Santa Maria Area Transit)

Full Weekday service is anticipated to resume August 8, 2021. Please continue to check the SMAT Website for updates and/or changes to the schedule.