Steps for Applying

  1. Complete and Application for Admission to Southwestern. Southwestern is an open enrollment college, and all applications are accepted for students meeting the admissions criteria.
  2. You can apply for federal and state aid by completing and submitting a FAFSA. You must submit a FAFSA online. Some awards are based on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. Southwestern's school code for the FAFSA is: 003220.
  4. You must meet the following requirements:
    • Be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States with a valid Social Security Number;
    • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate;
    • Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student seeking a degree or certificate;
    • Register (or have registered) for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18-25;
    • Have a result of Eligible or Partially Eligible on the Drug Conviction question as posed on the FAFSA.
      Note: answering 'No' to this question (having been convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs) does not mean your status will never change in the case of subsequent convictions. If your status changes, please notify the financial aid administrator at your school.
  5. Once Southwestern receives your FAFSA information, we will notify you by email with a notice requesting additional paperwork.
    • Print and complete any forms that are required and submit to the address below along with any other requested documents in the email. Return the documents to Southwestern's First Stop Center.
    • Review Southwestern's policies regarding Financial aid and understand your rights and responsibilities as a student
    • If you are transferring to Southwestern, be aware of the deadlines noted above. Paperwork does not transfer from school to school. You must request all prior transcripts be sent to Southwestern.
    • Once we have received ALL your paperwork, you will receive your Official Award Letter (this can take up to 18 weeks to receive depending on volume and if you met the deadline).

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