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 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
Website: www.swccd.edu/financialaid Closed for holidays on 9/7, 11/11 and 11/26 & 27
Interested in getting financial aid? Apply today!
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The first step to receiving financial aid is to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA. We have great tools to help you complete it - 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. 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.
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 2015 "Freeze Date" is September 11th!
The "freeze date" for Fall 2015 is September 11th. On this day, we record each student’s unit load (number of units enrolled), which will determine the student’s eligibility for financial aid awards for the semester. Courses added after this day will NOT be included in the student's unit load for financial aid purposes. Click here for more more information on this important component of financial aid eligibility
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, which are extended for the weeks of August 24th and 31st:
Tuesdays from 1:30 pm - 3pm
Wednesdays from 10am - 11:30am
Thursdays 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.