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: Summer 2015 Hours
Cesar Chavez Student Services Center Mon. - Thurs. 8:00am – 6:30pm
First Floor Friday Closed
Telephone: (619) 482-6357 Closed Weekends
Now is the time to apply for financial aid for 2015-16!!
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Applications for the 2015-16 academic year are 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. We also have great tools to help you complete your FAFSA - click here or look under the "Apply for Financial Aid/FAFSA" tab on the left.
The school code for Southwestern College is 001294.
California Dream Act (CADA) Application
Students who have AB540 status are now eligible to apply 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.
Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGFW)
The Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGFW) is a state funded program available to California residents who meet specific income eligibility requirements. The program waives the current Enrollment Fee of $46 per unit. To apply, click here.
The 2015-16 BOGFW will be in effect for the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 terms, so please apply as soon as possible if you are planning to enroll in any of these upcoming terms. For more information on the BOGFW program and eligibility requirements, please click here.
Important! Effective Fall 2016, there will be important eligibility changes to the BOGFW program. Students who are placed on academic and/or progress probation or Disqualified (DQ) in two consecutive primary terms (Fall/Spring) will lose eligibility for BOGFW. Click here for more information!
Fall Drop for Non Payment begins August 3rd
Drop for non-payment for Fall 2015 class will begin Monday, August 3rd. Please be sure your classes are paid for before this date or you will be dropped for non-payment.
Remember – you have five days after you register to pay for your classes!!
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
During Processing Week, July 27 – 30, there will be no walk-ins to enable all staff to focus on processing and awarding as many students as possible.
Walk-ins will resume the week of August 3rd.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
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.