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
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 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 and reduces the Parking Permit Fee. 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!
"Freeze" Date for Spring 2015 - Friday, March 6th
Each semester, the Financial Aid Office has a "freeze" date for the purpose of determining your unit load for financial aid purposes. The number of units you are enrolled in on this day will be recorded and will determine financial aid eligibility for the term. Classes added after this date will not impact (either increase or decrease) your financial aid unit load for the semester.
If you are planning to enroll in short term classes beginning later in March, you must enroll in those courses no later than March 6th to have those units included for financial aid consideration for Spring. Click here for more information.
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.