Financial Aid and Academic Advisor
Starting with the fall 2012 semester, the Financial Aid Office will only pay for classes that are required for a student's declared program(s) of study. We are strongly encouraging students to log into their eSTORM Student Center to confirm their program(s) of study and run a Student Advisement Report to review their classes and determine which classes are needed to complete their program(s).
Dates To Remember
Summer Financial Aid Suspension and Time Frame Appeals accepted: May 6 - June 14, 2013
Census date (last day that financial aid will adjust to class load): June 7, 2013
Online book orders from campus bookstore: May 20 - June 2, 2013
First day to pick up online campus bookstore orders: May 31, 2013
Charge books to Financial Aid at campus bookstore: May 31- June 14, 2013
Campus bookstore summer hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pell Disbursement: June 28, 2013
First Time Borrowers (1st disbursement): July 5, 2013
First Time Borrowers (2nd disbursement): July 12, 2013
Loans (1st disbursement): June 28, 2013
Loans (2nd disbursement): July 12, 2013
Alternative Loans: May 31, 2013 Funds from lender must be received by Financial Aid that week
After the initial disbursement date, the Financial Aid Office will disburse funds weekly and mail refunds each Friday except for certain holiday/break weeks.
Financial Aid Handbook
The Financial Aid Handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Student Guide published by the U.S. Department of Education. Together, these references will answer the majority of your questions.
Financial Aid Forms
Prior to completing any of the following, students should review the To Do List in their eSTORM Student Center to ensure that the correct forms are printed.
Financial Aid Eligibility for SWIC Certificates
To be considered for financial aid, a student must be in an eligible program. All associate degrees except Massage Therapy (027B) and Construction Carpentry (039G) are eligible. Not all certificates are eligible. Check certificate eligibility.
Learn how to apply for the privately funded scholarships available only to SWIC students through the SWIC Foundation.
Apply for Federal and State Financial Aid
Apply for federal and state financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The school code for SWIC is 001636. You can pick up a worksheet at the SWIC Financial Aid and Student Employment Office or from high school guidance counselors. You need to complete the FAFSA for each academic year.
Assistance with the FAFSA is available at SWIC through PALS.
Loan Entrance Counseling and Federal Direct MPN
SWIC participates in the Direct Loan Program. All students must complete a Loan Entrance Interview for Direct Loans and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). Visit https://studentloans.gov and complete the steps noted as "Entrance Counseling" and "Sign Master Promissory Note."
Students may also borrow through the Alternative Loan Program.
Loan Exit Counseling
Student loan borrowers who drop below six hours per term or are no longer enrolled must complete Exit Counseling. Students can complete Loan Exit Counseling online.
Student Loan Ombudsman Contact Information
Red Bud Campus:
Sam Wolf Granite City Campus:
Toll Free in Illinois:
618-235-2700, ext. 5288
618-282-6682, ext. 8114
618-931-0600, ext. 7610
1-866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5288