Financial Aid

Apply for Financial Aid

Southwestern University requires students to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all forms of need-based financial aid.

FAFSA General Information 

The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional need based aid. Students must submit a FAFSA each year they wish to be considered for need-based financial aid. An academic year for financial aid is Fall, Spring and Summer. The FAFSA application becomes available every year on October 1st.  


Completing the FAFSA 

Step 1: Go to 

Step 2: Create a separate account (FSA ID) for both student and parent 

Step 3: Fill out the FAFSA application 

Step 4: When prompted use the Data Retrieval Tool (have tax return available for reference)

Step 5: Sign and submit your FAFSA (will require both student’s and parent’s signature) 



2022-2023 FAFSA 

Available October 1 

Southwestern’s FAFSA code 


Submit the FAFSA 

Financial Aid Important Dates 
First Year Early Decision Applicants:  December 1
First Year Early Action and Regular Decision Applicants:  March 1
First Year Late Decision Applicants:  ASAP after March 1
Transfer Applicants - Fall:  July 1
Transfer Applicants - Spring:  November 15 
Current and Readmitted SU Students - Priority Deadline:   March 1


Links to Merit Scholarship Information

Prospective first-year students:

Prospective transfer students

Current Southwestern students

Learn More about Merit Scholarships