A Southwestern College financial aid application consists of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid FAFSA and any verification or eligibility documents required to satisfy federal regulations. Paperwork requirements vary by individual. You can find a list of the documents tailored to your individual situation by visiting your Self Service account and clicking on the "Finances" tab.
Below are the steps required to complete your financial aid file and receive your disbursement.
1. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is required to obtain state and federal grants and federal student loans. If you apply online and sign your FAFSA electronically, we will receive the results in 5 to 6 business days.
2. Submit Verification Paperwork (if selected). Occasionally, students completing the FAFSA are selected for a process called verification. When this happens, the Office of Financial Aid is required to check your FAFSA for accuracy. You will know if you are selected when you receive the results of your FAFSA or if you see verification paperwork listed in the financial aid page of your Self Service Account.
3. Packaging and Award Letter. Once your financial aid file contains all the necessary paperwork, the Office of Financial Aid can create your financial aid package. When it is complete, you will receive an award letter via email and take the next steps toward disbursement into your account.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need assistance.