Southwestern College

Tuition and Financial Aid



The tuition at Southwestern College for 2017-18 is a competitive $570 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 10 or more quarter units.
  • Three-quarter time students take 7-9 quarter units
  • Part time students take 5-6 quarter units.

The Master’s degree programs are 91 quarter units (slightly more than 60 semester hours), making tuition for the entire degree program $51,870 (based on 2017-18 rates) plus a $165 educational resource fee each quarter. Tuition increases typically occur on an annual basis in the Fall quarter. *Beginning Fall 2018 the Counseling degree program will be 97 quarter units and the Art Therapy / Counseling degree program will be 98 quarter units. 2018-19 tuition rates will be posted June, 2018. 

For an 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 an overview of how different program plans (2.5-year, 3-year, 3.5-year and 4-year plans) affect 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 Unsubsidized 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 2017-18 Guide to Financial Aid, which explains the financial aid process here at Southwestern College.  Please contact Christy Martinez, our Financial Aid Administrator, to discuss how financial aid can work for you at (505) 467-6806; Toll-Free (877) 471-5756 Ext. 6806.

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

Southwestern College Scholarships

Scholarships for Returning Students

Graduate Assistantships

Checklist for Accepted Applicants

For more information
contact the Financial Aid Office
Direct: (505) 467-6811
Toll-Free: (877) 471-5756 Ext. 6811
Fax: (505) 467-6812

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)


Checklist for Accepted Students

SWC 2017-18 Guide to Financial Aid

FAFSA4caster (estimate federal aid available)

Cost of Attendance

Loan Repayment Calculator


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