Financial Aid

What's new in Financial Aid!

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Time to submit the new FAFSA!

The 2023-2024 FAFSA is now available, so you should complete it as soon as possible.  Not sure which FAFSA applies to what semesters?  The 2022-2023 FAFSA covers fall 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023.  The 2023-2024 FAFSA covers fall 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024.  

Questions about student loan forgiveness?

The Biden-Harris administration and the U.S. Department of Education recently announced plans to cancel up to $20,000 in previously borrowed federal student loans. This program is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Education, not by individual colleges or universities.  For more information on how to qualify, view the Student Debt Relief Plan.  

Received a new award notice with a loan on it?  

We have updated our packaging software to include estimated loans when we determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid.  If you see loan(s) on your offer, that means we determined you are eligible to borrow the indicated loan if you so desire.

If you do not want the loans, you can select "decline” to have the loan offer cancelled.  Do this before you “Accept” the award package at the bottom of the screen.

Go to the Loans page to read more about student loans, and contact us if you have any questions.  

Recently awarded?  Don't know what to do?

For those of you who have received your aid eligibility notification from the SWC Financial Aid office, Southwestern College partners with BankMobile® to offer students a secure and flexible method to receive their financial aid funds.  You will need to tell BankMobile how you want to receive any financial aid that is disbursed to you (direct deposit, paper check, BankMobile "Vibe" debit card).  You can go to Refund Selection and choose your disbursement method.  If you do not yet have a personal code to input, click the link at the bottom titled "NEED A CODE?"  Check our Disbursements page for more details.  

Federal Emergency Relief aid

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting

Has your family income decreased since it was reported on the FAFSA?

When you completed the 2022-2023 FAFSA, you reported you and your family’s income for tax year 2020.  Since then, many students and/or their parents have lost jobs or otherwise had a loss of income.  The SWC Financial Aid Office may be able to help.  If you or your parents’ income has decreased since 2020, you can submit a Projected Year Income Request, to show why your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) may be higher than it should be.  Go to our Appeals & Special Circumstances page to obtain the appeal today!

FAFSA/Dream Act application workshops now available

Do you need help with completing your FAFSA or Dream Act application? The Southwestern College Office of Financial Aid is now hosting special Zoom virtual workshops where financial aid professionals will be available to help you complete your FAFSA or Dream Act application.

Workshops are held on Thursdays from 11am to 1pm.  To sign up please log into MySWC and Zoom Meeting Sign up.  If you are not a current SWC student and would like to sign up for a Super Thursday workshop, please email the financial aid office at financialaid@swccd.edu for assistance. Please include your name, current school, and type of FAFSA help you need on Zoom. 

For our workshops you will need to come prepared with your FSA ID and password, income documentation, and a completed application “student demographic” section. If you are dependent student for the FAFSA or Dream Act application, please make sure you bring income documentation for the parent section also.  If you are unable to attend a workshop during our normal scheduled dates and times, please contact the SWC Financial Aid Office for additional options.

Financial Aid is as easy as 1-2-3!

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Step 1

Applying g fo r Financial Aid

Find information on submitting your FAFSA or CA Dream Act application, as well as resources, FAQs and videos to make the process easier.  Also get information on the different types of financial aid programs that are available. 

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Step 2  

Getting Financial Aid

After you apply, there are things you can do to speed the process along.  Check your status, submit required documents, activate your BankMobile choice, view our disbursement schedule, and learn about the impact of the Freeze Date. 

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Step 3

Keeping Financial Aid

Keeping your aid is as important as getting it. Get information on Satisfactory Academic Progress,  the impact of withdrawing from classes, monitoring the amount of Pell eligibility you have, and more! Also learn financial literacy skills to better manage your money.