Southwestern College

Tuition and Financial Aid

Affording Southwestern College

In the past few years, national attention has been focused on the affordability of higher education and on the employment market for graduates. While Southwestern College has always been sensitive and attuned to these issues, we have become even more committed to making the Southwestern College experience a great value. On these pages, you will learn about scholarships, graduate assistantships, federal loans, student loan forgiveness programs, and other resources and strategies for making Southwestern College affordable. Information on jobs currently available in the field can be found on President Nolan’s “Jobs in Mental Health” link.


The tuition at Southwestern College for 2015-16 is a competitive $525 per credit hour. We are acutely aware of the economy, the job market, and the need to offer great value and affordability to our students. To assist students in financing their educational experience, we recently increased our Financial Aid options; for eligible students, scholarships or graduate assistantships bring that cost down.

The M.A. degree programs require 91 quarter units or credit hours. (This translates into 65 semester hours.) Total tuition will vary each quarter, depending on the number of quarter units taken during that quarter. If you are attending full time, you may be taking from 12 to 17 quarter units. If attending part time, you’ll take 6 to 10 quarter units. As a private institution, there is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. Tuition increases typically occur on an annual basis in the Fall quarter.


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most Southwestern College students finance their graduate work using some combination of Federal Financial Aid, scholarships, personal or family savings, working while in school, or private lender loans. For detailed information, download and read the SWC 2015-16 Guide to Financial Aid which explains the financial aid process here at Southwestern College.  If you’d like to speak with an actual person, Dorothy Archuleta, our Financial Aid Administrator, can help you figure out how financial aid can work for you. Feel free to contact her at; Direct (505) 467-6811; Toll-Free (877) 471-5756 Ext. 6811; Fax line (505) 467-6812.

At the links below, you will find information on scholarships and State and Federal Financial Aid options:

Scholarships for Entering Students

Scholarships for Current Students

Loan and Other Aid Programs

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

Calculate cost of tuition using the Net Price Calculator


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