Southwestern College Promise

Free Tuition Your First Year

If you are a recent high school graduate and meet the eligibility criteria below, you may qualify for free tuition for your first year at Southwestern College.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a recent (2018 or 2019) high school graduate enrolling in college for the first time
  • Enroll in at least 12 units each semester
  • Maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application
  • Complete the SWC Promise Application
  • Not be eligible for a California College Promise Grant -CCPG. If you were already awarded a CCPG you will not be considered for the SWC Promise.
  • Be a California resident or AB540 eligible


Apply here!

Application for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available.

If you cannot complete the online application, follow this link to print the paper application. This can be submitted at the Financial Aid office a the Cesar Chavez Center or at the Student Services Counter at the Higher Education Centers.


Support Services for Your Success

SWC Cares LogoSouthwestern College offers a variety of services, including child care, the Jag Kitchen food pantry, learning communities, such as First-Year Experience (FYE), Umoja, Bayan and Puente, and the PowerStudy Program, which embeds tutors in certain classes. You can find out more information at the SWC Cares webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)