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Upcoming Events and Workshops

The Personal Advocate Linking Services (PALS) and Financial Aid Awareness programs link students to resources on- and off-campus in a variety of areas with special emphasis on applying for financial aid, responsible borrowing, avoiding bad debt and paying back student loans. Other initiatives include emphasis on general student responsibilities, financial aid, eSTORM and email. 

It is time to process the 2014-15 financial aid application. The Department of Education recommends students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early in the year as possible after Jan. 1 each year. Early processing may qualify students for state funding in addition to the award of any federal funds. 2013 income estimates will be used to process the FAFSA to meet state deadline requirements.   

Fall 2014 Schedule

August to December - various dates - GED & ED101 Classroom Presentations, Belleville, ESL Campuses

August to December - once a month - Information table, Red Bud Campus Lobby

 Oct. 1 - FAFSA workshop, Scott Air Force Base

 Oct. 8 - Resume Writing workshop, Red Bud Campus, Room 114, 2 p.m.

 Oct. 22 - Career Assessment workshop, Red Bud Campus, Room 114, 2 p.m.

 Nov. 5 - FAFSA workshop, Scott Air Force Base

 Dec. 3 - FAFSA workshop, Scott Air Force Base

  • What services do PALS personal advocates provide?

    PALS supports and encourages all students' endeavors toward academic and career success.  We have Personal Advocates at all campuses, Belleville, Granite City, Red Bud, and the East St. Louis Community College Center (ESLCCC).  We support all students through successful transition into college.  We also encourage on-going support to current students for completion of personal and academic goals.  We do this by: 

    • Providing FAFSA assistance
    • Identifying needs to remove any barriers that might prevent successful enrollment through awareness of services and encouraging utilization of these services.
    • Provide linkages to resources and opportunities on campus and in the community.
    • On-going support:
    • Provide Career exploration and job search support.
    • Provide peer mentoring and support to all students.
    • Provide FAFSA (Day) workshops throughout the semester on campus, and nightly at various times throughout the term at district high schools.
  • Join Men of Character and Ambition

    MOCA can provide you with opportunities for new leadership skills, networking, a mentor and a better college experience.

    MOCA Benefits

    • Academic, career and personal counseling
    • Increased self-esteem
    • Better time-management skills
    • Leadership development
    • Portfolio preparation

    For more information, email Michael Smith at michael.smith@swic.edu.


Find out what to bring with you for assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

PALS Personnel

ATTENTION: Belleville PALS office is now serving students out of IS 1145 (the old Success Center).  We are tentatively scheduled to return to IS 1035 mid-December.

Belleville Campus

Gary Cruise
Greg Mask
IS Building, Room 1145
618-235-2700, ext. 5558
Monday...........8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday..........8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday......8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Thursday.........8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Friday.............8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Corky Smith
Holly Dinkelman
Building A, Room 1007 
618-874-6583 or 874-6398 
Monday..........8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Tuesday.........9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Wednesday.....9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Thursday........9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Friday............9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Red Bud Campus

Katie Doughty
Student Development Office
618-282-6682, ext. 8126 
Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to  3:30 p.m.

Sam Wolf Granite City Campus

Holly Dinkelman 
Room 413 
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.