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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Student Financial Aid Office provides applications, forms, and guidance to students to facilitate the process of applying for student financial aid. The Student Financial Aid Office administers various federal and state programs to offer financial resources for students.

Important Dates and Deadlines

SWTJC FAFSA Federal School Code
003614

Financial Aid Awards

Review awards in Self-Service.

Watch our Self-Service tutorial on submitting documents and accessing Award Letters through Self-Service.

Financial Aid Bookstore Charges 

Spring 2024 charges begin on January 5, 2024, and end on March 26, 2024.

Financial Aid Refunds

Spring 2024 refunds will be released on April 9, 2024.

Incomplete Files

If you are missing any documents, please review your Financial Aid Self-Service account and submit any missing documentation.

NEW! Launch of the 2024-25 FAFSA Form

Major changes and improvements are coming to the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.  As a result, the new form will be available in December 2023, not Oct. 1.

The launch date will apply only to the 2024-25 FAFSA form.

The changes to the FAFSA form for the 2024-25 aid year include

  • Expanded eligibility for federal student aid
  • A more streamlined application process.

Stay Informed

Stay informed about the changes and receive up-to-date notifications and information.

  • Did you fill out a FAFSA form for 2023-24? Log in to your StudentAid.gov account and be sure we’ve got your current email address.  Once the exact FAFSA launch date is announced, we expect to send out an email to students (and parents of dependent students) who applied on the 2023-24 form, reminding them to apply for 2024-25.
  • Didn’t submit a 2023-24 FAFSA form? Make sure to create your StudentAid.gov account –and remember your username and password so you can access and submit the 2024-25 FAFSA form when it becomes available.

Black List Icon 2024-2025 FAFSA Changes Flyer - English

Black List Icon Cambios en la solicitud FAFSA 2024-2025 - Español

Are you taking classes at SWTJC this summer and would like to earn some money? The SWTJC Financial Aid Department is currently taking applications for many Work-Study positions available for students attending SWTJC. The Federal College Work-Study Program (FCWSP) is an employment program that provides on and off-campus work experience opportunities for students while gaining an education. The FCWSP is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on your financial need. If you are interested in applying for the Work-Study program you first must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Secondly, you must submit a Work-Study application to the Financial Aid Office, and finally, you will be required to attend a College Work-Study Seminar during the semester you are hired. The Work-Study application can be found on the Student Employment page and can be uploaded to the Self-Service page


If you have questions about the program, please contact the SWTJC Financial Aid Department at (830) 591-7368. Southwest Texas Junior College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability. SWTJC is an equal-opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all applicants for all positions.

Keep the following dates in mind when applying for Financial Aid.

When to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

FAFSA Deadlines
School Year Attending College Dates to Submit a FAFSA Required Income and Tax Information Year
Fall 2023, Spring 2024, Summer I & II 2024 Oct. 1, 2022 - Jun. 30, 2024 2021

SWTJC sets priority dates to ensure a timely review of your FAFSA.

  • If you plan to attend Fall, the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is January 15th.
  • If you plan to attend Spring, the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is January 15th.
  • If you plan to attend Summer, the priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is March 1st.

Most scholarship programs have individual deadlines you must meet to be considered for an award; we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Get more information and apply for scholarships by visiting the Scholarships page.

The SWTJC 2024 - 2025 Academic Scholarship Application is due May 17, 2024. (Deadline Extended)

Apply for External Scholarships; more information is available by visiting the Scholarships page. 

If you attended any other institution(s), you must submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and they will evaluate them before we can award Financial Aid.

The deadlines for submitting transcripts are the same as the FAFSA priority deadlines.

Federal regulations require you to repay a portion of Financial Aid funds if you withdraw from all classes before satisfying the 60% completion rule for the enrollment term.

If you are dropping a class or withdrawing from classes after the census date, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor.


Applying for Financial Aid

Online (quickest response): Applicants are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://studentaid.gov/ (SWTJC school code: 003614). Computers are available at our campuses located in Uvalde, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, and Crystal City.

After You Apply

FAFSA on the web: Your application will be processed as soon as you submit to the Department of Education.



Contact Information

Contact Information

Y Mirelez

Yvette Mirelez
Director
black email icon yvetteh@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 591-7318

C Martinez

Cynthia A. Martinez
Assistant Director
black email icon camartinez14599@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 591-7242

B Zimmerman

Barry W. Zimmerman
Advisor
black email icon bwzimmerman@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 591-7272

C Silva

Connie Silva
Advisor
black email icon csilva@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 591-4162

I Ybarra

Isabel Ybarra
Advisor
black email icon miybarra@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 591-7275

A Oca

Ana Oca
Advisor
black email icon ana.oca@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 758-4116

J Castorena

Jesus Castorena, III
Advisor
black email icon jcastorena@fnyt.net
black telephone icon (830) 703-1579


Federal Financial Aid Regulation

It is important to take academic courses that match your program’s degree requirements because federal and state governments have mandated that all students receiving financial aid must take courses that apply towards their degree program.

College institutions are held accountable to make sure students are taking the proper courses, and could lose their ability to offer financial aid to all students if they do not comply with this federal regulation.

The federal financial aid regulation applies to all academic semesters.

Pre-requisite Courses

Pre-requisite courses for federal aid since they are needed to fulfill the actual requirements for a student’s degree program. –Note: prerequisites are not always listed in the academic advisement report for a specific degree program; however, if prerequisites are required for the degree program a student is pursuing, these will be noted in their student account so that they may receive federal funding for these particular courses.

Non-degree

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal student financial aid, or for state and institutional grants and scholarship; therefore the federal financial aid regulation does not apply.

Remedial Coursework Limit

30 semester hours

Courses required for transfer Bachelor's Degree

Once a student completes their academic requirements for their degree plan program at SWTJC, financial aid will not cover additional courses that they may want to take to meet the requirements for a degree at another university or college. Students may still want to complete the additional courses at SWTJC but will be responsible to pay for these courses out of pocket. Careful planning with an academic advisor upon transferring, or after a program change, may help students navigate around this problem.

Academic Courses not Eligible for Degree Programs

Once a student completes their academic requirements for their degree plan program at SWTJC, financial aid will not cover additional courses that they may want to take to meet the requirements for a degree at another university or college. Students may still want to complete the additional courses at SWTJC but will be responsible to pay for these courses out of pocket. Careful planning with an academic advisor upon transferring, or after a program change, may help students navigate around this problem.


Financial Aid Forms

The following Financial Aid forms are available in a .pdf format for downloading. To fill in a form, please save the form to your computer, fill in your responses, save the changes to the form and submit through Self-Service.

Each of the documents has specific instructions and should only be printed and submitted if a Financial Aid Advisor or a letter from the Financial Aid Office has directed you to print and submit the form

If you have questions regarding these forms please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (830) 591-7368.


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