Registering at Southwestern College
Southwestern College is based on a quarter system and offers classes in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer every year. Each quarter is ten weeks in length and classes meet a total of 10 contact hours for each one-quarter unit of credit. An exception may occur in some Certificate program courses. Classes may be from 2 quarter units to 5 quarter units and these can be reviewed in the school catalog. Classes are offered during weekday, evening and weekend times and you can find specific times for each class on our quarterly schedule.
Students may register for courses in person, by telephone, or by mail and registration forms are available through the Registrar’s office. There are class size limits set for courses which means you are not guaranteed enrollment in a course you choose when registering, however, SWC will ensure you are able to attend your core classes as they are laid out in your degree program planner (schedule).
Registration times are set each quarter and appear on the quarterly schedule. Students can register for Community Education classes at anytime once the quarterly schedule is posted. Students are asked to register prior to the first week of classes each quarter, otherwise they would pay a late registration fee per class.
Since we have a large percentage of non-traditional students, the M.A. students are offered an option to preregister for a specific class based on conflicting work schedules and/or childcare issues. The registrar notifies students each quarter of the guidelines and timeframe for preregistration.
Tuition and Fees
Degree, College Studies and Professional Studies Programs
Student tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $450 per quarter unit.
Full tuition must be paid before the first day of each quarter unless the student has set up a payment schedule with the business office. (See payment plan under Financial Assistance.)
The payment schedule fee is $25. The fee for a returned check is $15. For additional information on College fees, please refer to the Southwestern College Student Handbook.
Independent Studies Classes
The tuition for independent studies is $644 per quarter unit for 2010-2011. Tuition is subject to change. Check with the Registrar for current tuition and fees.
Upon notification of acceptance into a degree program, students are expected to pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $200 by the deadline stated in their acceptance letter. The deposit is credited to the student’s account and will apply toward tuition.
A deposit of one-third (1/3) of the tuition is required to hold a student’s place in a credit class. To hold a place in Community Education Programs, payment must be made in full.
Refunds Refunds of tuition will be made to students who complete the withdrawal procedures according to the following schedule below. The refund policy for financial aid borrowers differs from the school policy and is determined on a pro-rata calculation based on the withdrawal date.
Withdrawal Withdrawal prior to the first day of the quarter:
100% refund of tuition (less a $50 administrative fee)
Withdrawal during the first week of the quarter:
90% refund of tuition (less a $50 administrative fee)
Withdrawal during the second week of the quarter:
75% refund of tuition (less a $50 administrative fee)
Withdrawal during the second and third weeks of the quarter:
50% refund of tuition
Withdrawal during the fourth and fifth weeks of the quarter:
25% refund of tuition (less a $50 administrative fee)
Withdrawal at any time after the fifth week of the quarter:
The following policy applies to all weekend classes. Refunds of tuition will be made to students who complete the withdrawal procedures according to the following schedule.
Withdrawal prior to two weeks before the first class:
100% refund of institutional charges
Withdrawal prior to three days before the first class:
75% refund of institutional charges
Withdrawal three days or less before the first class:
Refunds are calculated based on the full amount of tuition due. If a payment plan is being used, students continue to be liable for payments on schedule for any money still due after withdrawing from a class.
For independent study 75% refund prior to the first day of the quarter.
First and second week of the quarter, 50% refund. No refund after that.
Ordering a Transcript
To obtain a copy of your Southwestern College transcript complete a Transcript Request Form and mail it to:
3960 San Felipe Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Or FAX directly to the registrar at (505) 467-6810
SWC charges $5 for each official transcript and there is currently no charge for unofficial transcripts. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires a signed/dated request from the student.