Southwestern College

Tuition and Financial Aid



The tuition at Southwestern College for 2016-17 is a competitive $540 per quarter unit. As a private institution, there is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. 

Total tuition will vary each quarter depending on the number of quarter units taken.

  • Full time students take 12-17 quarter units.
  • Three-quarter time students take 9-11 quarter units
  • Part time students take 6 to 8 quarter units.

Both of our Master’s degree programs are 91 quarter units (60 semester hours), making tuition for the entire program $49,140 (based on 2016-17 rates) plus a $125 registration fee each quarter. Tuition increases typically occur on an annual basis in the Fall quarter.

For a estimate of the total cost of attendance (Santa Fe living expenses, books, transportation, therapy requirement, tuition, fees, etc.) please see our Cost of Attendance page.

For and overview of how different program plans (2 year, 2.5 year, and 3.5 year plans) effect tuition and student loan availability, please visit Counseling Program Plan Options and/or Art Therapy/Counseling Program Plan Options.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most Southwestern College students finance their graduate work using some combination of Federal Direct Student Loans, scholarships, personal or family savings, working while in school, Federal Direct PLUS loans, or private lender loans.

For detailed information, download and read the SWC 2016-17 Guide to Financial Aid which explains the financial aid process here at Southwestern College.  Please contact Dorothy Archuleta, our Financial Aid Administrator, if you’d like to discuss how financial aid can work for you. Her contact information is:; direct phone (505) 467-6811; Toll-Free (877) 471-5756 Ext. 6811; Fax (505) 467-6812.

Please explore the links below for information on Federal Direct Student Loans, SWC Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships and other financial aid options:

Loan and Other Aid Programs

Scholarships for Entering Students

Scholarships for Returning Students

Graduate Assistantships

Checklist for Accepted Applicants

For more information
contact Dorthy Archuleta
Direct: (505) 467-6811
Toll-Free: (877) 471-5756 Ext. 6811
Fax: (505) 467-6812


Checklist for Accepted Students

SWC 2016-17 Guide to Financial Aid

FAFSA4caster (estimate federal aid available)

Cost of Attendance

Loan Repayment Calculator


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