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Southwestern Community College

Creston, IA 2-Year Public
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Southwestern Community College Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at Southwestern Community College was $5,670 a year for in-state students and $5,880 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, college tuition rises about 3% year.

If this information makes going to college sound impossible, remember, the displayed price of tuition does not tell the full story. Many students find the actual cost of college is a lot less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. And, student loans can make theprice of collegemore manageable until you're done with college.

In-state vs. Out-of-state Tuition at Southwestern Community College

Southwestern Community College is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $5,670 for students who qualify as state residents and attend full-time.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public insitutions often offer a lower cost of attendance for students who are residents of that state.

Choosing a college where you qualify for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan save significant money on the total cost of attending college. Be sure to check your state's rules for in-state residency. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be additional requirements too, depending on the state you and your parents currently live in.

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Do International Students Pay More to Go to Southwestern Community College?

Tuition at Southwestern Community College is the same for each student.

International students usually do not qualify for for federal financial aid, but may qualify for private or Southwestern Community College-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for the following types of financial support at Southwestern Community College:

•On-campus jobs •Loans from outsideSouthwestern Community College •Athletic Awards •Southwestern Community College-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.


Southwestern Community College Housing Expenses, Fees, and More


In addition to tuition, room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when budgeting for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Southwestern Community College.

House and Food Costs at Southwestern Community College

Room and board at Southwestern Community College is $8,460 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining halls.

Meal-plan costs can depend on the numnber of meals you intend to eat on-campus

How Much Do Books Cost at Southwestern Community College?

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and the textbooks, computer programs, or other materials are required.. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Annual Fees

The majority of colleges also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.

Keep in mind, there could also be additional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer resources so that those with demonstrated need to find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus walkable? Do you own a car, or are you planning to use public transportation? All of these factors can drastically impact your transportation budget. At Southwestern Community College, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

A school's location can impact the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in an urban area can be pricey, but cities may offer more buses, trains or low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The Southwestern Community College campus is in a rural setting in Iowa.

Other Costs

When creating a budget for college, be sure to take into account personal expenses, like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.


Total Tuition and Expenses at Southwestern Community College


Now, let’s go over all of the costs we've covered, to get a better estimate of how much students can expect to shell out for Southwestern Community College.

Total Cost of Southwestern Community College

What will the cost of attending Southwestern Community College be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $5,670
Out-of-State Tuition $5,880
Room and Board $8,460
Other expenses $1,725

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.


Southwestern Community College Financial Aid


In 2022, 384 of the 1,503 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Southwestern Community College meets 54.39% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $9,273 a year.

Most Common Loans for Southwestern Community College Students

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Southwestern Community College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Southwestern Community College

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, Southwestern Community College awarded 362 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $3 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $600000 thousand in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Southwestern Community College Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Southwestern Community College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Southwestern Community College was $9,273 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Southwestern Community College seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $-957
Net In-state, Off-campus $1,399
Out-of-State, On-Campus $8,526

Note: a negative number can indicate that a refund will be given to use toward other expenses such as housing, fees, and books. In such cases, be sure to reach out to the school directly for any clarification or questions.

What will attending Southwestern Community College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Southwestern Community College's net cost calculator on their website.

Southwestern Community College Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Does Southwestern Community College Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to make attending more affordable. Some schools offer tuition waivers for faculty, staff, and their families , underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.


Learn More About Southwestern Community College


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Southwestern Community College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$13,360

In State

$13,570

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$5,310
$5,520
Fees
$390
$390
Housing
$7,660
$7,660
Books
Unknown
Unknown

Southwestern Community College Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

67%

Average Financial Aid Package

$8,273

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,503

Campus Setting

Rural

Acceptance Rate

N.A.

Tuition and Fees

In State

$5,700

Out-of-State

$5,910

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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