It is the policy of the Sisseton Wahpeton College that no student be denied access to post-secondary education due to the lack of personal funds. Financial aid programs are available to students, who without such help, would not be able to attend SWC. Financial aid is awarded for one academic semester at a time. All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you complete this application and are considered ineligible, then the SWC Financial Aid Office will work with you to find other sources of financial assistance. Financial aid is processed according to the SWC academic calendar (add/drop deadlines, last day to withdraw, etc.).
Financial assistance at SWC includes scholarships, grants, and Title IV programs such as PELL, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal College Work Study Program. SWC has decided to not participate in the Federal Stafford Loan Program.
Students interested in applying for financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Office for information and application materials. FAFSA can also be completed online at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
When submitting the FAFSA the SWC School Code is 016080. This will ensure that SWC receives a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically. The Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) must be on file before being considered for Federal financial aid.
The Sisseton Wahpeton College adheres to the Higher Education Amendments of 1992. Students who withdraw from all of their classes after receiving federal financial assistance and before completing at least 60% of the program, may not receive a full refund of their award. Since SWC does not participate in the Federal Stafford Loan Program, the only refunds will be from the Title IV Pell Grant Program. Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grants are generally not processed until after the 10th week of classes. For all refunds the date of withdrawal will be determined by the date on the withdrawal form.
Federal Pell Grant: A grant from the federal government that does not have to be repaid if courses are successfully completed. Specific eligibility requirements for the Pell Grant are that the student be either an undergraduate, or be in an eligible post-baccalaureate program, and not be incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution. Funds received through this program are used to pay tuition, books and fee costs.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): A grant from the federal government. Award provisions are:
1. Full time students with zero expected family (EFC) are given first priority
2. 3/4 time students with zero (EFC) are given second priority
3. If funds remain all other full time and 3/4 time students with an EFC higher than zero will be considered.
Federal Work Study Program (FWSP): If funds are available, this program provides employment opportunities for students who demonstrate a financial need. At SWC awards range from $500 to $3,000 per semester depending on need. Students can work up to 20 hours per week. Applications are available in the SWC Financial Aid Office.
Tribal Higher Education Scholarship Grants: (formerly known as BIA Higher Education Grant) - Are available to Native American students through the tribe in which they are enrolled; amounts of awards may vary. Awards are disbursed by Tribal Education Officers. Native American students should contact their tribal headquarters to see if a program is available from their Tribe.
Veteran’s Benefits: Available to veterans of active military service. All veterans should contact the local Veteran’s Administration Service Office for more information.
Vocational Rehabilitation: Designed to assist students with disabilities. Students who think they might qualify are encouraged to contact the Vocational Rehabilitation Offices located in their city or state.
American Indian College Fund Scholarships: The American Indian College Fund; headquarters in Denver, Colorado, provides scholarships. Eligibility for these funds is based on private donor requirements. A list of available scholarships is posted at the beginning of each semester when they become available. All students are encouraged to apply and are strongly encouraged to search the internet for other scholarship opportunities. SWC Student Services and library have additional resources for locating financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Tuition waiver applications are available from the SWC Financial Aid Office. In order to be eligible for a tuition waiver you must meet the following requirements:
1. You must be a member of a federally recognized tribe.
2. You must be 55 years of age or older.
3. You must complete a waiver form each semester.
Classes that have been taken before, regardless if you passed or failed the course in the past, are not eligible for tuition waiver.
Important: All students applying for and/or receiving federal aid should be aware of the strict regulations governing such aid. It is the obligation of the student to abide by all regulations and to provide correct and accurate data on the application form. Failure to do so can result in penalties and loss of financial aid.
The Business Office reserves the right to apply all scholarships and/or grants towards current student charges.
All Financial Aid awarded will first be applied to a student’s account until a balance is no longer owed. If a refund is owed, please allow 5-7 business days for check processing.
Sisseton Wahpeton College shall comply with all federal regulations which, when practiced in their entirety, constitute a viable management structure for student financial aid programs.
The Education Amendment of 1976, P.L. 94-482, 20 U.S.C. 1088 (f.) provides that: any student assistance received by a student under this subcontractor - shall entitle the student receiving it to payments only if that student is maintaining satisfactory progress in the course of study that he/she is pursuing, according to the standards and practices of the institution.
To be eligible to receive financial aid, students must meet the following minimum standards as established by the Sisseton Wahpeton College:
1. Academic Standards:
- Students classified as freshmen (30 credits or less) must maintain a semester grade point average of 1.5 or better
- Students classified as sophomores (31 credits or more) must maintain a semester grade point average of 2.0 or better.
2. Rate of Progress Standards:
- Students must complete their program of study within 150% of the number of credit hours required for their program. For example: If a program of study requires you to
complete 66 hours you will then be eligible to receive up to 150% or 99 credit hours to complete your program of study. After you have met the 150% program completion
requirements you will no longer be eligible for Title IV financial aid at SWC.
- Students must successfully complete 2/3 (66%) of the semester credit hours attempted each term.
If a Title IV financial aid recipient fails to satisfy the standard of academic progress he/she will be placed on financial aid probation during the next semester attended. When on probation
students are eligible to receive Title IV financial aid.
- While on financial aid probation, if a financial aid recipient fails to satisfactorily complete each course attempted with an acceptable GPA, the recipient will be considered to be
making unsatisfactory progress and will be placed on financial aid suspension. Financial aid suspension means termination of all Federal financial aid and scholarships
administered by SWC. While on Financial Aid Suspension, the student is personally responsible for paying the costs of his/her attendance (tuition, books, and fees).
- In order to regain satisfactory progress status after being placed on Financial Aid Suspension, he/she must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of coursework
with an acceptable GPA. During that semester the student is not eligible for financial aid. A student on financial aid suspension cannot receive an I, F, or W (see p. 21 for
description of these grade assignments) in any class for which they are registered.
- If a student withdraws from all of his/her courses during two consecutive semesters, that student will be considered to be making unsatisfactory progress, and will be placed
on financial aid suspension. In order to regain satisfactory progress status, the student must follow the process outlined in Section B above.
- A student who is placed on financial aid suspension may appeal the cancellation of financial aid eligibility through the SWC Academic Standards Committee. All appeals will be
handled in a case-by-case fashion.
Sisseton Wahpeton College has a procedure in place to know whether a student has begun attendance in all classes for purposes of the Federal Pell Grant Program. A student is
considered not to have attended a class in which SWC is unable to document that attendance.