Consumer Information

Consumer Information

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires that a postsecondary education institution make available students or employees, etc. information submitted to the U.S. Department of Education or other agencies. The information below is provided for you to better understand Southwestern College.


Southwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The mission of HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. We also offer programs that are accredited by other field specific agencies. For a status update and listing of other accrediting agencies affiliated with Southwestern academic programs see our Accreditation page.

General Institutional Information

Strategic Plan
The Strategic plan, titled "Southwestern College in 2022: A strong and vibrant College," identifies four strategic priorities. The plan commits to a single strategic priority in each of the following areas: Academic strength, Co-curricular strength, Financial strength, and strength of Physical Plant. The purpose is to focus our resources and energies to a goal of  by 2022 Southwestern College will be a strong and vibrant college, recognizable for our delivery on a sincere promise to every student enrolled: each student will more fully realize their potential at Southwestern than at any other institution of higher education.

Student Services

Student Services Accommodations
Southwestern College is committed to providing “reasonable accommodations” for students. In keeping with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disability Act of 1992, students must provide appropriate documentation of the disability, which should include appropriate diagnostic testing and a recommendation form prepared by qualified personnel outside of Southwestern College. Please visit our web page for Disability Services to contact our Disabilities Services Coordinator and download documentation forms.

Career and Job Placement Services
Southwestern College is committed to helping students achieve their vocational goals after graduation. Our career and job placement services aid students to navigate the steps to developing a resume and interview skills to land their first career position.

Student Services - Southwestern provides a variety of options for student to participate in student activities and organizations.

Student Financial Assistance

Cost of Attendance

Net Price Calculator
This calculator is a tool designed to help students estimate net price information (defined as estimated cost of attendance — including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses — minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to current and prospective students and their families based on what similar students paid in a previous year. However, submission of the FAFSA is the only way to obtain a true and accurate determination of eligibility.

Conviction for Possession or Sale of Illegal Drugs (Financial Aid)

Requirements and Procedures for Officially Withdrawing
Prior to the add/drop deadlines, students may drop a class either online or by submitting the appropriate form to the registrar’s office with advisor approval (main campus students). After the final day of the drop period, students wanting to drop a class must follow the official withdrawal process (see Official Withdrawal from Courses in the Academic Calendar). Deadlines for the drop period are posted on the academic calendar.

Refund policy and Summary for the Requirements of the Return of Federal Student Aid

Financial Aid application for Study Abroad

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Southwestern College maintains compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended. FERPA defines educational requirements, which are designed to protect the privacy of students concerning their records maintained by Southwestern College. We encourage all families to read the stipulations and regulations carefully and make an informed decision about the disclosure of student information.

Academic Information

Health and Safety

Student Outcomes

  • Retention Rate Students entering as first-time full-time freshmen in the fall term comprise the freshman cohort of that year.  The retention and graduation rates are tracked by the freshman cohorts and reported through the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System).
  • Graduation Rates Students who enter as first-time full-time freshmen are tracked for six years.  New in 2009, an eight year graduation rate is calculated. 
  • Graduation Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid  Students who enter as first-time full-time freshmen and receive athletically-related aid are tracked for six years.  Click the link to see full breakdowns by gender, by ethnic origin, and by athletic teams. 
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data - Equity in Athletics.  Information about men's and women's athletic teams at Southwestern, including number of participants and coaches, expenses, and income.  We submit this report annually to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Teacher Preparation Program Report - Southwestern provides a report to the State of Kansas annually which is then reported to the Department of Education in the state reports.  The link to the individual college and universities reports on the Kansas Department of Education web site is found at:   KSDE Kansas Colleges and Universities.  The link to Southwestern's most recent teacher licensure pass rates is located at: SC's CAEP Reporting Data.
  • Post-Graduation Data

Complaint Processes

Persons who have complaints against the school should first contact the appropriate department head, i.e., for academic related concerns, the Vice President for Academic Affairs; for financial related concerns, the Associate Vice President of Business Affairs; for student life issues, the Dean of Students.

Persons who have complaints that are broader in scope and relate to possible accreditation issues should contact The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The instructions for filing a complaint are in the attached Adobe Acrobat document: Higher Learning Complaint Process

Students who are taking online courses while living in a state that participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) should contact the Kansas Board of Regents using the following KBOR Complaint Process for SARA Members. Kansas residents should contact the Kansas Independent College Association.

All other students should follow the process for complaints in their state of residence, found at Complaint Process by State

Most external complaint processes require that all avenues of complaint are exhausted internally to the institution before a grievance will be considered.

Voter Registration for the State of Kansas

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