Southwestern College

Complete the  2018-19 FAFSA now! 

Priority filing deadline is March 2, 2018

The school code for Southwestern College is 001294

 You are required to complete a new Free Application  for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year!

It's still not too late to apply for the 2017-18 academic year:  Click here to get started.

 California Dream Act Application 2018-19: 

AB540 students who are US citizens or have legal residency granted by USCIS (not DACA) should complete the FAFSA, not the Dream Act Application. Click here for more information on the CA Dream Act.

Need assistance completing your FAFSA or Dream Application? We're here to help! Come to FAFSA Thursdays (for summer!)! We'll be hosting open FAFSA labs at the main campus and HECs on Fridays during the Spring semester. Bring your documentation and sit down with a Financial Aid staff member to discuss your questions and complete your application.

Summer 2018 Schedule

Chula Vista Campus, Transfer Center (2nd floor Student Services Bldg) and
Higher Education Center at San Ysidro (Room 5201)
11am - 1pm 

  • Thursday, June 14                                             
  • Thursday, June 28                                              
  • Thursday, July 12                                                 
  • Thursday, July 19                                             
  • Thursday, July 26                                           
  • Thursday, August 2
  • Thursday, August 16

Tips for completing the 2018-19 FAFSA

  • This year, you will be asked for "prior prior" year tax information. This means that for your 2018-19 FAFSA, you (and your parents, if required) will need to provide 2016 tax year information. Click here for information on tax information required.
  • The California priority deadline to apply is March 2, 2018. This is not the deadline to submit the FAFSA - just the priority deadline for maximum eligibility for California state aid (e.g Cal Grants) and the deadline to submit a California Dream Act application.


    Students and Parents: what You Need to Know About the 2018-19 FAFSA
    Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2018-19
    The FAFSA Process
    2018-19 Completing the FAFSA
    2018-19 FAFSA Worksheet - In English or in Spanish
    What's New for the 2018-19 FAFSA? Basics for Parents and College Students
    Myths about Paying for College
    Fact Sheet: President Obama's Plan for Early Financial Aid

7 steps to completing your financial aid

FAFSA First time filers Video FAFSA renewal Video
FAFSA Corrections Video FAFSA IRS data Video

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.

2018-19 Do You Need Money for College?
A guide to federal student aid

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.

Last updated: 6/14/2018 8:41:57 PM