Financial Aid

Financial Aid Announcements


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Bookstore Charges If students have been awarded financial aid, and funds are left over after tuition is paid, then they can charge their books to financial aid from August 7 to August 31.  Please review your Financial Aid Award Letter before visiting the bookstore. 
Refund Checks Leftover grant funds and the first disbursement of loans will be mailed September 27.  Subsequent loan checks will be mailed October 16 and November 14.  Please check your Financial Aid Award Letter for the terms of your award. 
2017-18 FAFSA The 2017-18 FAFSA became available on October 1, 2016. If you haven't filed, please do so now . The 2017-18 FAFSA is based off student's and parent's 2015 income. Need help filing your FAFSA? Contact us at 828.339.4438 for assistance.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable On March 10, 2017, the IRS and the US Department of Education announced that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA was being made unavailable. At this time, the IRS anticipates the online data tool will not be available until Fall 2017. When submitting tax information for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, and anyone still needing to submit a 2016-2017 FAFSA, you must input your 2015 tax return information, for both years. We highly recommend that you then immediately request an IRS 2015 Tax Return Transcript at in case we later need your documentation.
Inceptia You’re not alone when it comes to student loans. Southwestern Community College has partnered with Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), to provide you with FREE assistance on your Federal student loan obligations to ensure successful, and comfortable, loan repayment. Inceptia’s friendly customer representatives may reach out to you if your loan(s) become delinquent. Inceptia is not a collection agency. We’ve partnered with them to help you explore a wide variety of possibilities such as alternative repayment plans, deferment, consolidation, discharge, forgiveness, and forbearance options. Inceptia will stay in touch with you via phone calls, letters, and/or emails to help you find answers to your questions and solutions to your issues. For additional resources including information on repayment options, please visit Inceptia’s Student Loan Knowledge HQ website at