Apply for Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Financial aid consists of several different programs, but is, generally, divided into three major categories: grants, scholarships, and work programs. Submission of your FAFSA information to SWCC will allow us to award aid for which you qualify such as PELL, SEOG & CSAP.
Scholarship awards are determined separately; submit your application on the Scholarships Application page. A description of the various financial aid programs offered is available in the Student Handbook.

The new financial aid year for 2015-2016 begins with Summer term. If your attendance at SWCC could depend on the financial aid available to you, we strongly urge you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

Receiving a Financial Aid Award

Southwest Virginia Community College will make every effort to assist you to receive the maximum amount of aid for which you qualify. Your prompt response in providing any additional documentation or information helps us in our efforts to assist you.

Already know how to complete FAFSA? Apply for FAFSA

byphoneFinancial Aid & Student Accounts Support Center

Access to financial aid processing & information is now open 24 hours a day/7 day a week. A support specialist will answer your questions when you call 1.855.877-3944, 276-964-7755 or 276-964-7756.

Prefer using online services? Also available is the new online self-help portal at On the Support Center website you can browse self-help articles, track your financial aid and student accounts information and even chat live with a support specialist.

Students may also visit the Financial Aid Office located on the first floor of Tazewell Hall for financial aid questions or issues.

Completing the FAFSA

Complete the free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at ; the correct FAFSA site will NOT require any application payment You will also need SWCC FAFSA code: 007260.

  • You can get a FAFSA PIN number at which is required to sign and submit the application online.
  • Even though you may have your SAR (Student Aid Report) distributed to multiple colleges, you can receive financial aid from only one college per semester.
  • A number of applications will be marked for verification by the federal government, based on the past year’s tax returns, and will require additional documents from the applicant be submitted to Southwest’s Financial Aid office.
  • Assistance is available to help you complete the FAFSA application.  You may bring a copy of your tax forms, and your parents’ tax forms if a dependent, (1040, 1040a, 1040ez, etc.) to the Financial Aid office in Tazewell Hall Room 104 and someone will assist you.

When you register for classes, tuition will automatically be paid from the funds available to you in our Financial Aid award system.

When you visit the Campus Bookstore to purchase your books and supplies, the charges will be deducted from your award balance if your type of award pays for books.

You are responsible for any balance due on book purchases and tuition above the award balance available.

Once your proof of class attendance sheet is submitted, if there is a remaining balance on your award after all charges are processed, a balance check is issued and mailed to you OR you may enroll in the Electronic Disbursement System. Information about this system and the disbursement dates is published on the sidebar of this page.

If you are awarded Work Study hours (CSWAP), you must:

Report to Financial Aid office for your assignment. Submit documentation to your Work Study Supervisor as indicated by the  Financial Aid Office and receive approval to work from your assigned Supervisor.

You and your supervisor will determine your work schedule based upon your class schedule and your other responsibilities. As a work study employee, you should give every consideration to your supervisor as you would to a permanent employer.  That is, arrive on time (or attempt to notify if unable to arrive) and complete all work as assigned in a timely manner.

The Financial Aid Office will provide you with a Work Study Schedule which will indicate the dates that Time Sheets are due and when checks will be issued. Document your hours worked using a Work Study Time Sheet and have your supervisor provide an approval signature.

Submit your completed time sheet to Financial Aid NO LATER THAN  NOON according to the schedule provided. You are paid bi-weekly.

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