In accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Southwestern College (SWC). Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it can be obtained or is hyperlinked.
If you have questions or need assistance obtaining information listed, please contact the Office of Communications, Community and Government Relations at 619.482.6304 or via mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be reached on Facebook!
Click here to access the College Navigator for Southwestern College. The website includes important data and information for Southwestern College in the following areas:
- General Information
- Tuition, Fees and Estimated Student Expenses
- Financial Aid
- Net Price Calculator
- Retention and Graduation Rates
- Varsity Athletic Teams
- Campus Security
- Cohort Default Rates
SWC offers a wide variety of degree, certificate and transfer programs. Click here for a full listing of our academic programs.
Accrediting Agency Information
Southwestern College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Please click here to access the current college college and see page 6 for a full list of SWC's accreditation and program approvals.
Please click here to access the current and prior SWC Catalogs, which contain important information on applying to the college, registering for classes, academic policies, degree and certificate programs, graduation requirements and general information and data about the college. This page also contains addendum to each catalog.
In order to comply with the federal regulation requiring the development of educational programming to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, Southwestern College’s Financial Aid Office provides faculty, students and staff with access to U.S. Constitution Day educational and media resources, lectures and free pocket size U.S. Constitution books. Click here for information from our most recent Constitution Day celebration.
Disabled Student Services
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
Each year, SWC submits a federally mandated Equity in Athletic Report (EAR), which includes demographic, expense and revenue information on its intercollegiate athletic program. Copies of this report are available a the School of Health, Exercise Science, Athletics and Applied Technology or by accessing Southwestern College's information on the Department of Education's Equity in Athletics website
Gainful Employment Data
GED Test Center
The Chula Vista Adult School, a part of the Sweetwater Union High School District, is the closest official GED Test Center for students who do not have a high school diploma. Please click here to access their website.
Information Security Program
Student Body Diversity
The 2015-2016 Southwestern College Annual fact Books lists a variety of data on our college. Please see the "Enrolled Student Profile" section for student body diversity data.
Student Right to Know
Click on the link above for an easy-to-find list of all Student Right to Know information.
The SWC Bookstore provides textbook information (including ISBN and retail price, when available) for courses listed in the course schedule each semester. This information can be accessed through WebAdvisor or at the Bookstore's website at www.SWCBookstore.com.
Transfer of Credit Policy
Click here for SWC policy on the transfer of academic credit. Click here for SWC articulation agreements with the California State University system, the University of California system and Alliant University, Capella University, National University, Point Loma Nazarene University and the University of Southern California.
Voter Registration Information
Southwestern College encourages eligible students to register to vote. Students may access the California Voter Registration website by logging onto WebAdvisor and selecting “Register to Vote” on the "Communication" tab or clicking on registertovote.com . Students wishing to register via voter registration card may pick one up in the Cesar Chavez Student Services Building. The Associated Students' Organization (ASO) also organizes voter registration events periodically throughout the school year.
Health & Safety
Campus Safety Reports and Statistics
The SWC Campus Police Office prepares, maintains and publishes the following safety information:
Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act
, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE), is a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE was designed by advocates along with victims/survivors and championed by a bi-partisan coalition in Congress as a companion to Title IX that will help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. President Obama signed the measure into law as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 on March 7, 2013.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAP)
Southwestern College is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace for staff, faculty and students. Policy 5003 states that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in all buildings, property, facilities, service areas and centers of the District and all employees are required to comply with this policy as a condition of continued employment. Any employees violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may include termination. All employees receive a copy of this policy and are notified of the consequences of non-compliance. Please click on the link above to access the college's DAAPP webpage or the links below for specific resources
Students enrolled in nursing or allied health course clinical requirements in a healthcare setting (acute care, ambulatory setting, pre-hospital setting or long-term care) in the San Diego region must meet the San Diego Consortium regulations regarding completed immunizations. These immunizations are required to protect all patients but especially the immune-compromised patients from contacting illness or disease from the students. Please click here
for additional information. Students in programs other than nursing or allied health are not required to provide proof of vaccination or immunization.
Policies and Procedures
Acceptable Use Policy - Internet and Other Computer Networks
Privacy of Student Records: Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Southwestern College is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records by adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - a federal legislation established to regulate access and maintenance of student educational records
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records, including the right to inspect their education records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Educational records for the most part include, with certain exceptions, all records maintained in any medium, which can identify the student. Click here for update information on SWC's FERPA process.
For further information on FERPA please use the link below:
U.S. Department of Education FERPA Guidelines http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html
Student Financial Assistance
The Student Financial Aid Handbook contains important information for students applying for and receiving financial aid. Information in the handbook includes:
- Types of financial aid assistance available to students
- Student eligibility requirements and applying for Financial Aid
- Requirements for verification of information and notification of awards
- Withdrawal from courses and Return to Title IV (R2T4)
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Disbursement schedule and process
- Loans - entrance/exit counseling, loan terms and conditions,
- Cost of Attendance and Financial Need
- Other resources and programs available to students
- Financial Aid fraud
Cost of Attendance
Code of Conduct for Educational Loans
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study (FWS) Policy
Financial Aid Policy and Procedure #5130
Net Price Calculator
Student Rights & Responsibilities