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Welcome! Here you will find everything you need to know about receiving money to help pay for college expenses including books, fees and transportation. Funds are provided by the federal government and the state of California in the form of loans, grants, on-campus jobs and scholarships.

Financial Aid programs attempt to fill the gap that may exist between the cost of education and the money available to students from family, employment, savings, and other resources. Southwestern College’s Financial Aid programs assist students who might otherwise be unable to continue their education due to financial hardship and by working together, we can help you understand how to meet the costs of attending college and help you achieve your dream.

We look forward to assisting you as  you reach your academic goals!

Location:                                                Spring 2015 Hours                                
Cesar Chavez Student Services Center      Mon. - Thurs.    8:00am – 6:30pm
First Floor                                                Friday              8:00am – 3:00pm
Telephone: (619) 482-6357                        Closed Weekends


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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  application for the 2015-16 academic year is now available online. If you're planning on attending college in 2015-16 and are interested in receiving financial aid, complete your application as early as possible. Priority application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2015!

We also have great tools to help you complete your FAFSA - click here or look under the "Resources" tab on the left.

                           The school code for Southwestern College is 001294.

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Students who have AB540 status are now eligible for California state aid. Those students without a valid social security number should fill out the 2015-16 California Dream Act Application. Click here to get started.

AB540 students with a valid social security number should fill out the FAFSA. For additional information and resources on AB540, the California Dream Act and the 2015-16 application, please click here.

Walk In Hours

If you need to speak with a Financial Aid Specialist, you may come in during our walk-in hours at the following times:

Tuesdays from 1:30 pm - 3pm
Wednesdays from 10am - 11:30am


There will be NO walk-in hours on January 20th and 21st, so that we may assist as many students as possible the first week of classes.

However, we will offer extended walk-in hours the weeks of January 26th and February 2nd, which will be as follows:

Tuesday               1:30 pm - 3pm
Wednesdays     10am - 11:30am
Thursday             10am - 11:30am

Regular walk in hours will resume the week of February 9th.

Please come to the Financial Aid counter during these times to complete an intake form and be sure to bring your student ID and any documentation you'll need to review. Please keep in mind that these times are for specific financial aid eligibility questions - any general issues, such as processing status inquiries, questions about completing the FAFSA or about the HigherOne cards, or requesting or submitting documents can be answered by staff at our front counter during regular office hours.Dates and times may be subject to change, based on student demand.



Southwestern College is proud to introduce Cash Course, a new, free online financial literacy program designed especially for students. This is joint effort from the California Community College Chancellor's Office and the National Endowment for Financial Education and provides students with access to tools to help support a lifetime of smart financial decision-making.

Cash Course has easy to use modules covering a wide range of financial topics, from creating good credit to loan repayment. Click here to access SWC's Financial Literacy webpage to get started with Cash Course and to access other resources on making sound financial decisions.

I Can Afford College

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