Consumer Information

Consumer Information IconIn accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, below is a summary of consumer information that must be made available to all students at Southwestern College (SWC). Each topic listed gives a brief description of the information that must be disclosed and explains how it can be obtained or is hyperlinked.

If you have questions or need assistance obtaining information listed, please contact the Office of Communications, Community and Government Relations at (619) 482-6304 or via mail at They can also be reached on Facebook!

College Navigator

The College Navigator includes important data and information for Southwestern College in the following areas:

  • General Information
  • Tuition, Fees and Estimated Student Expenses
  • Financial Aid
  • Net Price Calculator
  • Enrollment
  • Admissions
  • Retention and Graduation Rates
  • Programs/Majors
  • Varsity Athletic Teams
  • Accreditation
  • Campus Security
  • Cohort Default Rates

General Information

  • Academic Calendar
  • Academic Programs
    SWC offers a wide variety of degree, certificate and transfer programs.
  • Accrediting Agency Information
    Southwestern College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our accreditation webpage contains all documentation and reports on the current and past accreditation cycles.
  • BankMobile
    Institutions must disclose their contract to this third party service provider - view this information. For more information on BankMobile information for students, follow this link.
  • California Licensing Exam Passage Rates
    California law requires that institutions which handle Cal Grants provide links to licensing exam passage rates for certain programs.
  • College Catalogs Current and prior SWC Catalogs can be found on our website and contain important information on applying to the college, registering for classes, academic policies, degree and certificate programs, graduation requirements and general information and data about the college. This page also contains addendum to each catalog.
  • Constitution Day
    In order to comply with the federal regulation requiring the development of educational programming to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, Southwestern College’s Financial Aid Office provides faculty, students and staff with access to U.S. Constitution Day educational and media resources, lectures and a giveaway of free pocket size U.S. Constitution books. The webpage has information on our most recent celebration.
  • Copyright Information
  • Disability Support Services
  • Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
    Each year, SWC submits a federally mandated Equity in Athletic Report (EAR), which includes demographic, expense and revenue information on its intercollegiate athletic program. Copies of this report are available a the School of Health, Exercise Science, Athletics and Applied Technology or by accessing Southwestern College's information on the Department of Education's Equity in Athletics website.
  • Gainful Employment Data
    The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation".
  • GED Test Center
    The Chula Vista Adult School, a part of the Sweetwater Union High School District, is the closest official GED Test Center for students who do not have a high school diploma. Please follow this link to access their website.
  • Information Security Program (PDF)
  • Misrepresentation
  • Student Body Diversity (PDF)
    The 2016-2017 Southwestern College Annual Fact Book lists a variety of data on our college. Please see the "Enrolled Student Profile" section for student body diversity data.
  • Student Right-to-Know
  • Textbook Information
    The SWC Bookstore provides textbook information (including ISBN and retail price, when available) for courses listed in the course schedule each semester. This information can be accessed through WebAdvisor or at the Bookstore's website.
  • Transfer of Credit and Articulation Agreements with the California State University system, the University of California system and Alliant University, Azusa Pacific, Capella University, FIDM, National University, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Point Loma Nazarene University, the University of San Diego and the University of Southern California.
  • Voter Registration Information
    Southwestern College encourages eligible students to register to vote. Students may Register to Vote by following this link. Students wishing to register via voter registration card may pick one up in the Cesar Chavez Student Services Building.


College Police prepares, maintains, and publishes the following safety information:


  • Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act
    The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE), is a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE was designed by advocates along with victims/survivors and championed by a bi-partisan coalition in Congress as a companion to Title IX that will help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. President Obama signed the measure into law as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 on March 7, 2013. Follow this link for more information on the Campus SaVE Act, including how to report a sexual assault, the Sexual Assault Victim Bill of Rights, the definition of Consent, and Checklist for Prevention.
  • Title IX
    Southwestern Community College District is committed to a safe and equitable learning environment for all students and employees. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its educational programs and employment. Any incident, including sex discrimination or harassment, but not limited to, sexual assault including rape, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking committed on district property, or at a district sponsored event or activity, should be reported immediately to the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources.
  • Prohibition of Harassment & Discrimination - Board Policy 3430 and Administrative Procedure 3430
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAP)
    Southwestern College is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace for staff, faculty and students. Policy 5003 states that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in all buildings, property, facilities, service areas and centers of the District and all employees are required to comply with this policy as a condition of continued employment. Any employees violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may include termination. All employees receive a copy of this policy and are notified of the consequences of non-compliance. Please follow the link above to access the college's DAAPP webpage or the links below for specific resources
  • Drug Free Environment and & Drug Prevention Program - Board Policy (BP) 3550 and Administrative Procedure (AP) 3550
  • 2014-16 DAAPP Biennial Report (PDF)
  • Vaccinations
    Students enrolled in nursing or allied health course clinical requirements in a healthcare setting (acute care, ambulatory setting, pre-hospital setting or long-term care) in the San Diego region must meet the San Diego Consortium regulations regarding completed immunizations. These immunizations are required to protect all patients but especially the immune-compromised patients from contacting illness or disease from the students. Please open this PDF for additional information. Students in programs other than nursing or allied health are not required to provide proof of vaccination or immunization.

Policies & Procedures

Student Financial Assistance

The Student Financial Aid Handbook (PDF) contains important information for students applying for and receiving financial aid. Information in the handbook includes:

  • Types of financial aid assistance available to students
  • Student eligibility requirements and applying for Financial Aid
  • Requirements for verification of information and notification of awards
  • Withdrawal from courses and Return to Title IV (R2T4)
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Disbursement schedule and process
  • Loans - entrance/exit counseling, loan terms and conditions
  • Cost of Attendance and Financial Need
  • Other resources and programs available to students
  • Financial Aid fraud