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: Fall 2014 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
Important News for 14-15 Aid Recipients
Please check the link on the left, "Important Changes to Financial Aid", for the most recent updates on changes impacting current aid recipients. There is important information on the Fall 2014 "freeze date" of October 21st as well as an updated Fall 2014 disbursement calendar.
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.
If you're interested in receiving financial aid for the upcoming academic year, the first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Click here to start!!
The school code for Southwestern College is 001294.
Students who have AB540 status are now eligible for California state aid. Those students without a valid social security number should fill out the 2014-15 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 2014-15 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
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.