Frequently Asked Questions
Southwestern College accepts transfer credit hours from other regionally accredited educational institutions.
Yes, Southwestern College will accept in transfer military credits earned through CCAF, AARTS & SMART. Your advisor will be able to answer specific questions.
As a military learner, you will be assigned to a military advisor. Your geographic area will be evaluated to determine your advisor. If you PSC you do not need to change advisors.
Southwestern College offers a per credit hour discount for military learners. Military learners include: Active Duty, active duty spouses, Reserve, Guard, and DoD civilians.
Yes, we keep our rates at the $250 per credit hour cap.
No, tuition assistance does not cover the cost of textbooks. Tuition assistance covers tuition and some fees.
The cost of books varies and there is no one specific amount per book per class. A good estimate is $100 per book. Sometimes it can be a bit more. Others it is less.
Tuition Assistance pays for my class when I have finished it and turned in my grades. Do I have to pay for the class up front?
No, Southwestern College works with learners to avoid financial hardship by waiting for reimbursement until the class is complete.
I want to use my VA/GI Bill benefits (e.g., Chapter 31, Top-Up) to pay for my class. Is there someone on staff who can help me with this?
Yes, we have a staff member who is trained to assist learners using VA/GI Bill benefits and to certify the courses on behalf of the school. Call: 1-888-684-5335 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I apply for Financial Aid as well as using my Tuition Assistance benefits? How does that process work?
Yes, you are able to apply for Financial Aid (Pell or Loans) and use your Tuition Assistance. They are two separate programs. You would continue to follow tuition assistance procedures and the process for receiving Financial Aid.
If you are deployed on short notice and are unable to finish your session, there are a variety of options to explore. It is important that you talk to your advisor to understand the options and how they will impact your unique situation.
All learners are given access to the Self Service. Use your learner ID & password to login, then go to my grades to view your final grades. For assistance, contact your advisor.
Southwestern College offers classes online or on ground. This allows the military learner flexibility as shift schedules change or if TDY’s or deployments arise. On ground classes are offered at multiple locations.
Yes, learners have the option to complete their degree online. There are no on ground course requirements.
Learners are limited to two undergraduate classes or one graduate class per six-week session. If you would like to take an “overload” then you must contact your Academic Success Coach to request approval. The Director of Learner Support and Academic Success reviews all class overload requests.
Southwestern College offers two avenues for enrolling in classes. You may see your advisor or you may enroll online through Self Service.
I think I have finished or am close to finishing all my course requirements, how do I get my degree?
Learners should verify with their advisor to ensure they are done with all their course and graduation requirements. To receive your degree, each learner must submit an application for degree in advance of the deadline to their advisor. Degrees are conferred 3 times per year, May, August, and December with commencement ceremonies in May. Learners may or may not participate in Commencement at their discretion.
Online classes are open to all learners including those going TDY and to learners deploying.
The Southwestern College bookstore delivers books anywhere including overseas, call the bookstore at: 1-800-325-3252 x.6229 to order or visit us online.
Learners located at distant locations can finish their degree by taking online classes.
Southwestern College prides itself on flexibility. Usually, most instructors are more than happy to work through your situation as long as you make them aware of it BEFORE hand.
You are able to sit out a session or sessions and can pick back up in your program. Please contact your advisor to help you re-work your degree plan.
Army learners using Tuition Assistance must enroll through the GoArmyEd portal. All other military learners should enroll through Self Service.
Follow the instructions listed on the portal. You must fill out your common application and enroll through the portal. Your advisor can help you determine which classes in the portal you should take.
Southwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Below is a breakdown of what makes up an academic year, each semester, and then where sessions fall into that.
In 2011, we had just over 1,100 learners take online courses with us.
How will Southwestern College Professional Studies’ affiliation with the United Methodist Church affect my experience in the classroom?
Contrary to many public university settings, at Southwestern College you can feel free to discuss and explore religious questions while taking classes with us. We offer courses that allow you to explore the Methodist religion specifically, as well as courses that allow you to explore religion in more universal terms. We even offer entire degrees and certificates in religious studies such as bachelor’s degrees in Pastoral Studies and Youth Ministry and master’s degrees in Specialized Ministries and Theological Studies.