Paying For College

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid


At Southwestern, we believe in giving you an exceptional education at an affordable price. Tuition and fees at Southwestern are half that of other public Oregon universities. We also provide a number of resources to help students struggling with paying for college. Find all the “nuts and bolts” about paying for college below.

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How much does it cost?

Tuition at Southwestern for US residents is $109 per credit (plus fees).

For example, one term at Southwestern for general undergraduate studies including tuition, fees and books:
Half-time student (6 credits) = roughly $1,000* per term
Full-time student (12 credits) = roughly $2,000* per term

See full details on the tuition and fees page.

*These are approximate examples only and will vary for each student depending on classes taken. These very rough estimates do NOT include the cost for housing, meals, or international tuition. Check out the Cost of Attendance for the total estimated expenses for one year including tuition and fees, housing and food, books, supplies, course materials, equipment, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. 

Need help paying for classes?

There are several resources you can tap into to get help paying for classes:

Financial Aid

The first step is to fill out the FAFSA or the ORSAA.

Get more information on applying for Financial Aid.

Payment Plans

Monthly payment plans for students are available. A non-refundable fee of $32 per term is charged for the payment plan. Payments are due on the 20th of each month. If a scheduled payment is late or missed, a $30 late fee will be added to your account balance. For details about payment plans, login to myLakerLink and visit the My Account page.

To set up a payment plan, contact:

  • Coos Campus: Stensland Hall, 541-888-7352, Email
  • Curry Campus: Curry Front Desk, 541-813-1667, Email

Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

Scholarships through the Southwestern Foundation are available for both full-time and part-time students! Applications are open annually, Jan. 1 – March 1. For all the information about how to apply, visit the scholarships website.

Some students may be eligible to attend Southwestern tuition-free, including recent high school graduates who complete with a 3.75+ cumulative GPA and Southwestern GED completers who score an average of 155 across the four exams. For specific details, visit the Financial Aid page and jump to the “Award Info” section.

Ready to pay for classes?

How much do I owe?

To check your balance, first login to myLakerLink and then visit My Account Balance.

How to pay?

Online using a credit card: 1) Login to myLakerLink 2) Navigate to Make a Payment.

In-person with check, cash or credit card:

  • Coos Campus: Stensland Hall – Student Success Center
  • Curry Campus: Front Desk

Mail a check:

Southwestern Oregon Community College
Attn: Student Success Center
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420

International Students: Pay using Flywire. Find all details at International Student Estimated Costs.

When to pay?

Students taking for-credit classes = Payments are due by the 20th of each month.

Students taking non-credit “community classes” = payment is due at time of registration.

For detailed information, login to myLakerLink and visit Account Information.

Other questions?

Find additional details on our Payments and Refunds page or contact us! We’re happy to help:

  • Coos Campus: Stensland Hall – Student Success Center, 541-888-7352, Email
  • Curry Campus: Front Desk – Student Success Center, 541-813-1667, Email

Other Student Resources

College Scorecard:  Compare colleges based on affordability and value.

Federal Net Price Calculator: Estimate your college costs.

Default Prevention: Get answers to your student loan repayment questions.


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