The Student Consumer Information Regulations of the U.S. Department of Education require all colleges and universities to provide their students access to information in accordance with federal regulations set forth by The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. Southwestern College anually distributes this information to all students. The sections below give a brief description of the information that must be disclosed, with required documents and/or hyperlinks. This information is available in hard copy form, upon request.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acceptable Use Policy - Internet and Other Computer Networks
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.
California law requires that institutions which handle Cal Grants provide links to licensing exam passage rates for certain programs.
California Board of Registered Nursing for ADN Program NCLEX Pass Rates
California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians for VN Program NCLEX pass rates (PDF)
Dental Hygiene Student Success Results (PDF)
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.
The College Navigator includes important data and information for Southwestern College in the following areas:
Tuition, Fees and Estimated Student Expenses
Net Price Calculator
Retention and Graduation Rates
Varsity Athletic Teams
Cohort Default Rates
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 Constitution Day webpage has information on our most recent celebration.
SWC complies with U.S. Copyright Law. Follow this link for more information on guidelines for using and creating copurighted materials.
Disability Support Services (DSS) provides the support services for students with disabilities that are mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act at Southwestern College. Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990 are civil rights legislation implemented to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. These laws give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities in employment, education, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. This means that while in college both laws guarantee equal opportunity to educational activities for students with disabilities. Operating under these mandates, DSS provides students who qualify with specialized services to support maximum participation in Southwestern College programs and activities.
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.
Southwestern College is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records by adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - a federal legislation established to regulate access and maintenance of student educational records. Follow this link for additional information and to view a copy of SWC's annual FERPA notification to students.
For further information on FERPA please use the link below:
U.S. Department of Education FERPA Guidelines
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". Follow this link to view SWC's Gainful Employment disclosures.
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. Follow this link to access their website.
Follow this link for SWC's procedure on Computer and Network Use.
SWC has procedures in palce to ensure that the nature of its educational programs and services is not misrepresented. Follow this link for more information.
Follow this link to access the Net Price Calculator. It is intended to provide estimated net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year.
The Student Activities Office coordinates a wide-ranging variety of events and programs for students, including Student Clubs and the Assocaited Student Organization (ASO). Follow this link for more information.
2017/18 Student Information Total students - 27,407
Male - 44.35%
Female - 54.57%
Unknown - 1.08%
19 or less - 29.62%
20 to 24 - 32.96%
25 to 29 - 13.23%
30 to 34 - 6.55%
35 to 39 - 4.48%
40 to 49 - 6.24%
50+ - 6.91%
African American - 4.80%
American Indian/Alaska Native - 0.34%
Asian - 2.44%
Filipino - 8.24%
Hispanic - 66.38%
Two or more Races - 3.68%
Pacific Islander - 0.45%
Unknown - 1.40%
White Non-Hispanic - 12.27%
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.
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.
Health & Safety
The Southwestern College Police Department is entrusted with the responsibility of serving the campus communities with skillful, dedicated, and compassionate constitutional policing and public safety services. We are committed to achieving excellence through professional and unbiased law enforcement services to our students, staff, faculty as well as the surrounding community by treating everyone with dignity and respect and performing our duties in line with the college community’s values and priorities. We value the civil rights guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California and recognize the importance of procedural justice in our operations.
The College Police Department is staffed with personnel to provide law enforcement and public safety services from the hours of 5am though 12:00am, Monday through Saturday except for holidays and designated academic breaks. Dispatchers are available to answer your calls and inquiries. In response to a call for service, the College Police will take the required action, either dispatching an officer to a campus location or asking the informant or victim to report to the College Police office at Room 105D to receive services or file a crime or incident report.
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. The SaVE webpage has 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 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and/or gender in educational institutions receiving federal funds. Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes, but is not limited to: acts of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic and/or dating violence, and denial of access based on gender and/or sex. Read more on the US Department of Education website: U.S. Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights
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.
Southwestern Community College District is committed to a safe educational and work environment for all students and staff, as well as community members. Emergencies can occur and it is the District’s policy to provide timely notification of risks and dangers to students, faculty, and staff members. An emergency is an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees.
SWC is committed to providing an academic and work environment free of discrimination & harassment. All complaints of unlawful discrimination or harassment, including disability discrimination and sexual misconduct, are filed with the Human Resources Compliance Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources under Administrative Procedure (AP) 3430 - Prohibition of Harassment & Discrimination. This procedure describes the process for investigation and resolution of complaints of unlawful discrimination, including sexual misconduct, by or against any employee or student.
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. Students in programs other than nursing or allied health are not required to provide proof of vaccination or immunization. Follow this link for more infomration on vaccination requirements for students.
Student Financial Assistance
Campus-Based Funds Policy (PDF)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study (FWS) Policy (PDF)
Federal Direct Student Loan Policy
All federal student loans obtained by a student or parent are reported to and tracked on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS loan records are accessible to all authorized NSLDS users, including schools, student loan guaranty agencies, lenders, federal agencies, and other authorized users. Student and parent loan borrowers may view their federal loan information at NSLDS. Borrowers access the system using their federal PIN - follow this link to access the NSLDS website.
- Code of Conduct for Educational Loans (PDF)
- Entrance Counseling and Exit Counseling
- Financial Literacy
Return of Federal Financial Aid (Title IV) Policy (PDF)
Federal law requires that if you received a federal grant and then drop or withdraw from ALL of your classes prior to the 60% point of the semester or if you fail to begin a late start class you may have to repay funds. Note: The earlier that you drop or withdraw, the more money you may have to pay back.
•If you receive Loan money and withdraw, you will pay back the money according to the Federal guidelines of the loan program.
•If you receive Federal Work Study money and withdraw, you do not owe anything back. You will get to keep any salary you have earned.
•If you are enrolled in short term classes without being enrolled in full semester classes and/or you withdraw or fail to attend those classes, you may be subject to the Return of Title IV calculation.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (PDF)
Federal regulations require that colleges set standards that students must meet in order to be eligible for financial aid and to keep it from one academic year to the next. Even if you have never applied for or received financial aid, your overall history in college will be reviewed before you are awarded financial aid to make sure you are meeting these standards. To be eligible for aid, you must comply with all standards regarding maximum timeframe, completion rate and cumulative GPA.
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
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Other resources and programs available to student