Tuition & Fees

If you have not applied for financial aid, it may not be too late! By applying through the FAFSA or California Dream Act, you may be eligible to receive an enrollment fee waiver. Please visit the SWC Financial Aid website for more information.

Campus Fees

Course Materials Fees

Courses may require additional materials fees (whether credit or noncredit), provided such materials are of continuing value to the student outside the classroom and that they are not solely or exclusively available to the District.

Students are encouraged to review course equipment and supply costs with counselors, school deans, and instructors before registration. No science laboratory fee or deposit is required at this time; however, breakage is charged to the student. These are subject to change without notice. See the current schedule of classes for the most recent fees.


Payments in full can be made online on MySWC, on campus, or through U.S. mail. Methods of payment include: cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, and ACH. If you are unable to pay fees today, consider applying for a payment plan (see below).

Third-Party payments are flagged in the system and courses are not subject to drop. If you are unsure of your Third-Party Payment status, please check with the appropriate office (i.e. Financial Aid, Veterans, etc.).

Payment Plan

Checks returned for non-sufficient funds or “Stop Payments” must be paid by MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express, cash or money order, and a $25 service charge will be added to the amount of the check. Your enrollment at Southwestern College, as well as your credit, may be affected.

Refund Policy

A student will be refunded registration fees for any program changes (withdrawals) made during the first two weeks of instruction for a primary term (Fall and Spring) course, or by the 10 percent point of actual class meeting days. Please check for dates of specific classes on MySWC. For Short Session classes, this may be the first day of class.

Mandatory fees to include health, student center, and material fees are also subject to the above policy. A class added after the refund deadline is not eligible for a refund.

Refunds are Not Automatic!

Eligible students should request a refund through the Cashiers Office by phone (619) 482-6307 or in person in room 68-102 at the Cesar Chavez Building. Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for receipt of your refund check.

Accounts of students who officially withdraw from class by the refund deadline will be credited (pursuant to Section 58508 of Subchapter 6 of Chapter9 of Division 6, Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations). It is imperative that a current address be on file in Admissions.

1098-T Tax Information

1098-T forms are issued by the college to students that are currently enrolled and paying qualifying tuition and related expenses during a given calendar year.

The 1098-T form may be used by students or parents to claim the American opportunity tax credit (formerly “Hope credit”) or Lifetime Learning Credit on their federal income tax returns.

Southwestern College is offering you the opportunity to retrieve your 1098-T form online.

Virtual Chat

We are here to support each of our student’s needs. Chat live on Cranium Café by finding an online staff member below. To learn more, visit the Virtual Welcome Center. Our student service specialists have their hours of availability listed on their profile cards. If a team member's hours are not reflective of their availability, they are likely supporting another student. We give each of our students the individual attention and time they deserve. Thank you for your patience.

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