Southwestern College Forgiving $1.5 Million in Student Debt

Students walking on Southwestern College's Chula Vista campus.

Southwestern College is forgiving $1.5 million in student debt for more than 4,200 students using special federal grant money.

Students who were enrolled in spring 2021 and summer 2021 will have all their outstanding tuition and related enrollment fees forgiven. Holds for non-payment will be removed from this group of students’ accounts and students are being encouraged to re-register for classes at Southwestern College. 

“Southwestern College is making a significant commitment to support our students by directly investing in them,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Mark Sanchez. “We understand that students have faced financial barriers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, the work of the college is to remove these barriers, creating a clear pathway for student re-enrollment and pursuit of their goals at Southwestern College.”

Southwestern College is using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in March, and reinvesting it into Southwestern College students to help them continue their education. These funds are specifically tied to supporting students who have faced financial hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students are being encouraged to re-register for the fall semester if they had to stop attending due to financial holds on their student records. If students need help re-applying or registering for fast-track classes that begin Oct. 18, they can visit with Southwestern College peer ambassadors and counselors at the Outreach Department’s virtual Zoom lobby

Students who do not re-enroll for fall semester fast-track classes will have to re-apply to Southwestern College through the college’s online application