SWIC Guide - Southwestern Illinois College

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Your First Choice

Southwestern Illinois College upholds the dignity and worth of our students, employees and community, which empowers learning and enhances the quality of life.

SWIC’s general education courses have IAI* approval and can transfer to 100 other colleges and universities in Illinois. 

  • Compare the cost of a 3 credit-hour class: English 101 – Rhetoric & Composition 1 
  • SWIC cost- $414 
  • Public university cost – $957.60 
  • Private university cost – $3,266 

SWIC Yearly Cost: $12,420** 

**Based on 15 credit hours in fall and spring semester 
Calculating 23-24 tuition & fees based on represented college/university websites. 

*The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement, which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. IAI works best for students who know they are going to transfer. 

Flexible Options

  • Various Campus Locations
    • Belleville Campus 
    • Sam Wolf Granite City Campus 
    • Red Bud Campus 
    • Scott Air Force Base 
    • The Wyvetter Younge Higher Education Center 
    • The Southwestern Illinois Justice & Workforce Development Campus 
  • Day, Night, and Online Classes Offered!
  • Need a Lift?
    • SWIC students qualify for a FREE Metro or Madison County Bus Pass. See SWIC’s Pubic Safety for more information. 
Construction students doing hands-on classwork

Career and Certificate Programs

Start your career at SWIC!

Browse through the different career certificates that are offered both in-person and online.

Steps to Enroll

Get a Student ID

First-time students must complete the New Student Information Form 

Submit Documentation & Meet with an Advisor

Meet with an academic advisor to discuss degree or certificate requirements, class requisites, and course options,. Must provide proof of residency and send transcripts (high school and/or college) to Enrollment Services 

Make Payment Arrangements

Apply for financial aid, military benefits, SWIC scholarships, or make payment arrangements 

Paying for College

SWIC’s Financial Aid Office offers multiple services to students!

  • FAFSA Completion Help – Grants, Loans, Work Study 
  • Veteran Education Benefits 
  • Payment Plans 
  • Learn About Student Work 
  • Other Assistance – IDHS, Senior Citizens Tuition Waiver 

Top 20%

Free tuition for up to 6 semesters!

  • For high school graduates, homeschool graduates, and high school equivalency completers 
  • Qualify by ranking in the top 20% of:
    • Your high school graduating class 
    • ACT or SAT scores 
    • Equivalency group on GED or other equivalency tests 

Foundation Scholarships

More than 300 scholarships available for incoming and returning students! 

Priority deadline: 

March 1st 

Career Services


Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act funding assists qualified individuals in approved programs by covering: 

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Supplies
  • Books

See if you’re qualified for free education!

Serving Student Veterans & Family

  • Help navigating Active Duty, VA, and Illinois State educational benefits 
  • Veteran Campus Events and coordination with local VFW’s and American Legions
Veteran Education Benefits