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Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid at Southwestern University is committed to providing superior service to our students, and to fair and equitable treatment in awarding financial aid. We are pleased to know that you have chosen SU and would like to help you in meeting the costs of attending college.

For an overview of the application process, view the “7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA” tutorial.

You must complete this application for each academic year to determine your eligibility to participate in federal, state, and institutional grant and loan programs.  The FAFSA is available beginning January 1 preceding the academic year.  An academic year generally consists of a fall, spring and summer term.  The 2014 – 2015 FAFSA establishes eligibility for Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015. 


Avoiding Common Errors

Making mistakes on your FAFSA could delay your application and possibly make you lose out on some financial aid. Be sure to read all of the questions on the FAFSA application carefully to avoid confusion and submission of incorrect information. The most common errors made by students and families are:  

  • Report only whole dollar amounts; do not include cents.

  • Be sure to report student and parent earnings from work.

  • Take care not to report parent income information in the student section.

  • Do not report the value of the family’s primary residence.

  • Don’t forget a parent and the student need to sign the FAFSA using their FAFSA PINs.

  • Accurately report all names, dates-of-birth and Social Security Numbers on the FAFSA.


Using the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

Once you’ve submitted your FAFSA, use the  Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA with the tax information your school may need.