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Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Follow these easy steps to get all the financial aid you’re eligible for .

Most of Southwest Virginia Community College’s students rely on financial aid to pay for their college degree. You can receive financial aid in many different forms, including:

  •  Student loans
  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Work-study programs

Our Financial Aid counselors will work with you to develop an affordable college degree plan that fits your household budget. We’ll help you identify the financial aid programs, gather the forms, and meet the deadlines so you receive all the financial assistance you’re eligible for.

To start the financial aid process:

STEP 1: Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Your FAFSA application helps to determine your eligibility for nearly all financial aid programs, including many non-federal financial aid programs.

You can complete the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov . You do NOT have to pay any application fee. Enter Southwest Virginia Community College’s FAFSA code: 007260.

If you’d like help completing the FAFSA application, we’re here to help you. Bring a copy of your tax forms (or your parents’ tax forms if they are claiming you as a dependent) to the Financial Aid office in Tazewell Hall Room 104. Apply for FAFSA

STEP 2: Contact Our Financial Aid Support Center

financial aidOur financial aid processing and information center is open 24 hours a day, 7 day a week. A helpful support specialist will help you get started and answer your questions. Call us at (855) 877-3944, (276) 964-7755, or (276) 964-7756.

If you’d prefer to contact us online, use our self-help portal at https://mysupport.sw.edu to get informed. If you have questions, use our live chat feature to interact with a support specialist.

And if you’d like to talk things over face to face, drop by our Financial Aid Office on the first floor of Tazewell Hall for financial aid questions or issues.

STEP 3: Browse our scholarship opportunities

Scholarship awards are determined separately from federal loans. Visit our Scholarships Application Page to browse opportunities and apply for scholarships.

Southwest Virginia Community College Foundation and Institutional Scholarships range from $500 to $3500. Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of achievement, others on the basis of need. When you enter the online scholarship application you will be able to browse and apply for any scholarship you may qualify for.

More Financial Aid Information

The Virginia Education Wizard page on Financial Aid includes a wide variety of articles and planning tools related to financial aid programs, scholarship programs, and college degree costs. Learn how to get the most out of the financial aid process at www.vawizard.org/vccs/FinAid.action.

Our procedures are easy to follow. Before you contact us, we recommend that you estimate your costs using our Cost Calculator. You will get an estimate (not an exact figure) of your tuition. https://www.vawizard.org/vccs/FinAidCostCompare.action

Contact Southwest Virginia Community College at 276.964.7238 or admissions@sw.edu.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The new financial aid year 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.

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.

Work Study

Please see the listing of your responsibilities as a work study at SWCC below and also review the Workstudy Job Responsibilities and the Drug and Alcohol Policy.

College Work-Study Job Responsibilities:
It is extremely important that you understand your responsibilities in accepting part-time employment through this office. The information below should be read over carefully and the sheet signed and returned with your other paperwork to the Financial Aid Office, T-104. Only by assuring employers that students are more dependable than other part-time workers can we continue to improve the quality of student employment at Southwest Virginia Community College.
1. Performance: You are always expected to give regular, punctual, efficient, and cooperative performance on any job you accept.
2. Duration: In accepting a part-time job, you agree to remain on the job for at least one semester, and generally for one academic year (Summer through Spring
semesters). Barring unusually severe or prolonged illness or other eventuality, such as an unsatisfactory record in academic courses or unsatisfactory performance on the job.
3. Illness: If illness or some other unforeseen circumstance prevents your attendance at work, you must notify your employer or supervisor in advance of your usual reporting time. Never “just fail to show,” even if you are ill.
4. Conflicts: Any condition that might affect your performance on the job, snch as your job conflicting with an actual exam, should be discussed with your supervisor beforehand. Unexcused absences may jeopardize your job.
5. Termination: Part-time jobs are normally terminated only at the end of an academic year, but may terminate at the end of a term. (See #2 above) In the event of severe academic difficulty or unusually prolonged illness. You may be granted permission to leave your part-time job before the end of your commitment. However, you should resolve this problem through a conference with your supervisor and the Financial Aid Director. Two weeks notice is mandatory for
any student who finds it necessary to leave his/her part-time job before the end of a term. Acceptance of a part-time job that is not within the scope of
SWCC’s on-campus College Work-Study program could result in all of the financial aid awarded to the student being withdrawn.
6. Cooperation: This office relies heavily on the individual student for help in maintaining an effective employment service for Southwest Virginia Community College students. The cooperation asked requires not only conscientious work on the job, but also the courtesy of prompt and wholehearted response in matters
connected with the administration of the program.

I understand that as my responsibility, I shall have to turn in my time sheets to the Financial Aid Office every two weeks, on the assigned dates, as instructed. The current Part-Time/Work Study calendar can be found on the Human Resources website.

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