Financial aid is assistance to help students of any age meet educational costs. Financial aid may be in the form of federal and/or state grants, federal work-study, and/or federal student loans. Every student who attends Southwest Tech, whether part-time or full-time, is encouraged to apply for financial aid. It’s easy, there is no cost to apply, and you can apply for financial aid as soon as you apply to the college.
To be eligible for federal or state financial aid programs, you must:
- Have financial need to receive grants, work-study, or Federal Subsidized student loans
- Apply and be admitted to an eligible academic program
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (permanent resident)
- Be a Wisconsin resident (for state funds)
- Be registered with the Selective Service (if required)
- Not be in default on a student loan
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- Students receiving loans must complete a Master Promissory Note and entrance loan counseling.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
1. Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Master Promissory Note.
2. Fill out the Financial Aid Application
- Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or fill out the paper form (available by calling 1.800.4.FED.AID).
- Southwest Tech’s school code is 007699.
- Fill out a renewal application and update information if you completed a FAFSA during the previous year.
3. Student Aid Report Generated
- Approximately two weeks after the Federal Processing Center receives your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report for your records in the mail or email.
- Southwest Tech (and any other school you listed on your FAFSA) will also receive your application information.
- The Southwest Tech Financial Aid Office will inform you through the mail if any additional documentation, such as a tax transcript, is needed to complete your financial aid file. If documentation is needed, it is important that you respond promptly.
4. Financial Aid Award
Your Financial Aid award letter will provide you with information regarding the funding you have been awarded. However, you must meet basic funding requirements to be eligible for these funds.
- You must be admitted to an eligible program and be enrolled in all of your courses by the date of record. Not all programs are eligible for financial aid.
- Most funding requires you be enrolled a minimum of half-time status (at least six credits each semester).
Student Financial Assistance Manager
800.362.3322, extension 2319