The 2017-18 FAFSA is available now!
The school code for Southwestern College is 001294
You are required to complete a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year!
For the 2017-18 academic year: Submit your application by the priority deadline of March 2nd to be eligible for the maximum amount of aid. Click here to get started.
Chula Vista Campus, Transfer Center, 11am - 1p
Otay Mesa HEC, Room 4426
- Friday, February 24th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tips for completing the 2017-18 FAFSA
This year, you will be asked for "prior prior" year tax information. This means that for your 2017-18 FAFSA, you (and your parents, if required) will need to provide 2015 tax year information.
Usually you would be asked for the most recent tax year, which is 2016 - however, the law has been changed and now it is easier to apply, since your 2015 tax year data should be easily available. In future years, you will continue to be asked for "prior prior" tax year data - click here
for information on tax information required.
You are strongly encouraged to use the Data Retrieval Tool when providing tax information on your 2017-18 FAFSA. This is easier for you (information will be downloaded directly from the IRS into you application, eliminating the need to enter it manually) and it will allow us to process you application much more quickly.
The California priority deadline to apply is March 2, 2017. This is not the deadline to submit the FAFSA - just the priority deadline for maximum eligibility for California state aid (e.g Cal Grants)
- California Dream Act Application: The 2017-18 DREAM Act application is also available for students who have AB540 status. and the deadline to apply is March 2, 2017. Click here for more information, resources and to start you application.
AB540 students who are US citizens or have legal residency granted by USCIS (not DACA) should complete the FAFSA, not the Dream Act Application.
Students and Parents: what You Need to Know About the 2017- 18 FAFSA
Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2017-18
The FAFSA Process
2017-18 Completing the FAFSA
2017-18 FAFSA Worksheet - In English or in Spanish
What's New for the 2017-18 FAFSA? Basics for Parents and College Students
Myths about Paying for College
Fact Sheet: President Obama's Plan for Early Financial Aid
For the 2016-17 academic year: It is not too late to apply for the 2016-17 academic year. We encourage all students to complete the FASFA, even if you think you may not be eligible for aid. We also evaluate your BOG Fee Waiver eligibility from your FAFSA, so you may be eligible for aid other than the Pell Grant.
7 steps to completing your financial aid
Resources for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Click on the links below for great resources from the Department of Education on completing the FAFSA.
Federal Student Aid: Find the Information You Need
Links to all the most important websites and information about financial aid from the Department of Education. Click here for Spanish.
What information do I need when I fill out the FAFSA?
Here’s a checklist of information and documents needed to complete the FAFSA.
2017-18 Do You Need Money for College?
A guide to federal student aid
2016-17 Do You Need Money for College?
A guide to federal aid. Click here for Spanish.
Federal Student Aid for Adult Students
Important information for adult students beginning or returning to college. Click here for Spanish.
Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth
Click here for Spanish
Federal Student Aid Eligibility for Student Confined in Adult Correctional or Juvenile Justice Facilities
Click here for Spanish
Am I Dependent or Independent?
Worksheet to help students determine their dependency status when filling out the FAFSA. Click here for Spanish.
Who is my parent when I fill out the FAFSA?
Fact sheet that helps answer common questions about determining which parent's information to report on the FAFSA. Click here for Spanish.
Simple Steps to transfer Tax Information to your FAFSA (graphic)
Graphic that explains how to use the IRS data retrieval tool to transfer tax information into the FAFSA and when the tool is available.
Reporting Same-sex marriage on the FAFSA
Fact sheet that explains how a same-sex couple who is legally married should fill out the FAFSA. Click here for Spanish).
Federal Financial Aid and Undocumented Students
Fact sheet that provides answers to frequently asked question about federal financial aid for undocumented students. Click here for information on the California Dream Act and available state financial aid programs for AB540 students.
FAFSA Facts for Students with Drug-related Convictions
Fact sheet that explains how drug-related convictions may impact a student's eligibility for federal aid.
Myths About Financial Aid
Fact sheet debunking common myths about federal financial aid: parents make too much money, too old, or need good grades.