SWIC Financial Aid Financial Aid - Southwestern Illinois College

SWIC financial aid helps students further their education with grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study opportunities. Contact the Financial Aid Office by calling 618/235-2700 ext. 5288 or emailing fin_aid@swic.edu

Financial Aid refunds have moved to an electronic format! Visit Student Accounts to learn more about refunds.

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 studentaid.gov. Remember to use the school code for SWIC – 001636 when applying. You must complete the FAFSA every academic year. Furthermore, you should consider completing the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available for maximum eligibility.

FAFSA Simplification

Due to the passing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Simplification Act on December 27, 2020, as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the FAFSA is changing for the 2024-2025 aid year.

You can expect the following changes:

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 2023.
    • The 2024-2025 FAFSA determines your financial aid eligibility for the fall 2024, spring 2025, and summer 2025 terms.
  • The FAFSA application process will be streamlined and easier for students to complete.
  • New terminology will be added to the FAFSA.
  • Eligibility for federal financial aid will be expanded.

We will continue to update this page as additional information becomes available.

Assistance with the FAFSA is available at SWIC through PALS.

Financial Aid and Academic Advisor

Because the SWIC Financial Aid Office will pay only for classes that are required for a student’s declared program(s) of study, we are strongly encouraging students to meet with an academic advisor to review their program(s) of study and the classes required to complete the program(s).

Financial Aid Forms

Before 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 for their SWIC financial aid.

Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer 2024

Dependent Verification Form
Independent Verification Form

Net Price Calculator

Students walking across the quad for financial aid

Accordingly, SWIC is committed to providing an individual review of your unique financial situation. Although the calculator is not able to take all of your special circumstances into account, you will have the opportunity to share them should you choose to apply for financial aid. 

How does it work? The calculator measures the financial strength of your family and uses other facts you provide to estimate the dollar amount of grants, scholarships, and other financial aid that is likely to be available to you. Finally, your “net price” is the difference between that amount and the cost of attendance.