Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 PDF


Tuition, Room & Board Costs

Full-Time Student Package

  Semester Year
Tuition (12-17 credit hours) $ 8,028 $16,056
SA Fee 100 200
Technology Fee 100 200
Total Tuition and Fees:

$ 8,228


Residence hall room 1,611 3,222
Required meal plan choices for resident hall student
A 19 meals per week or 2,010 4,020
A(R) 15 meals per week + $402 Rusty Bucket
Total Package: $11,849 $23,698
B 14 meals per week or 1,709 3,418
B(R) 11 meals per week + $342 Rusty Bucket
Total Package: $11,548 $23,096
C 10 meals per week or 1,407 2,814
C(R) 08 meals per week + $281 Rusty Bucket
Total Package: $11,246 $22,492

The Rusty Bucket is a snack shop within the cafeteria that is open Monday-Thursday 8:30-6:30 pm and Friday 8:30-5:00 pm.

Please note these guidelines before choosing a meal plan:

  1. No decrease in chosen meal plans after registration week.
  2. Refunds are on pro-rata basis only when withdrawing from school or moving from residence hall.
  3. Meals do not accrue from week to week.
  4. Meals over the chosen plan are cash only, posted cash rate.
  5. Meal plans may not be shared with other students or guests.

Student Package includes:

  • Tuition for a 12-17 hour class load
  • Cap and gown for graduation
  • Diploma
  • *A room in one of the residence halls beginning the Sunday of the week classes begin
  • *Meals at the cafeteria
    • Fall Semester - beginning with the Sunday evening meal the week classes begin
    • Spring Semester - beginning with the Sunday evening meal the week classes begin
    • Reduced hours during Thanksgiving and Spring break
  • *Local telephone service

  • Use of the following:
    • Library
    • PC Laboratory
    • Science Laboratory
    • Athletic Facilities
    • Student Center
    • Health Service on campus
    • Band Instrument
    • Counseling

* These items are included in the Residence Hall Student Package only.

Summer School

Residence halls charge a weekly rate and the cafeteria charges for each meal.

Residence Hall Requisites (Click for more info)

All unmarried students under 22 years of age, taking six or more credit hours, are required to live in one of the university's residence halls. Residents are also required to select from one of three meal plans offered through the cafeteria. Students who officially withdraw from Southwestern Adventist University will not be permitted to live in the residence hall after their official withdrawal date.

Off-Campus Living: Must meet the following requirements and be approved by the Dean of Students

  • Be 22 years of age, taking five or less credit hours, or live with immediate family.
  • Demonstrates good citizenship.
  • Single students must live with the same gender, unless living with immediate family members.
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Other Tuition and Fees (Click for more info)

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Other Expenses (Click for more info)

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Payment Plans (Click for more info)

Southwestern offers three payment plans for fall and spring semesters to help students manage their university expenses. Classes taken during the summer require full payment at the time of registration for each module.

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Refunds (Click for more info)

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Student Financial Aid (Click for more info)

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Applying for Federal/State Aid (Priority Date: March 15)

  1. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Access new or renewal application on the Internet at: PIN #'s for new or renewing applicants may be requested at If you do not have access to the internet, request a paper application by calling 800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). The application is available in English or Spanish.
  2. The following forms are required to complete your financial aid file:
    • Results of your FAFSA.
    • Southwestern Adventist University Financial Aid Application.
    • Copies of '09 tax returns and other documentation requested if the Federal Processing Center flags a student's application for additional verification.

Determining Financial Need

Financial need is calculated by subtracting the student's expected family contribution from the cost of education.

Cost of Education includes estimates for tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount a family can be expected to contribute to educational costs. The federal processing center arrives at this figure by evaluating the answers given by parents and students on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Need is the maximum amount of aid a student may receive from all sources when the student accepts any federal or state aid. Aid that is considered a part of the student's aid package includes: Federal loans, grants, and work-study; state loans, grants, and work-study; private scholarships, educational subsidy, and cash discounts. Federal Direct PLUS Loans and Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans can be considered a part of the Expected Family Contribution.

Financial Aid Availability

The Academic Competitiveness Grant, SMART Grant, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loan and Federal Direct PLUS Loan are available to students who have been determined eligible for these programs through the federal application process. Southwestern  receives limited allocations for the following programs:

  • TEG (Tuition Equalization Grant), LEAP/SLEAP Grants
  • TCWS (Texas College Work-Study Program)
  • Texas B-On Time Loan Program
  • FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
  • FWS (Federal Work-Study Program)
  • Federal Perkins Loan

Some students who qualify for these programs may not receive the award or may receive a minimal award because they have not completed their financial aid file by the priority date. Students are encouraged to submit all required forms early to receive the maximum in available grant money.

Financial aid commitments are made only after the student is accepted for admission to the University and the financial aid file is complete.

Contractual Studies and Financial Aid

Clinical Laboratory Sciences - Students who attend one of our affiliated colleges for their final year of study in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences should contact Student Financial Services to determine which institution will award financial aid.

Study Abroad (Adventist Colleges Abroad) - Adventist Colleges AbroadEnrollment in ACA is approved for credit by Southwestern Adventist University and may be considered as enrollment at Southwestern for purposes of applying for federal student financial assistance.

Study Abroad (Individualized Contract) - A student may solicit a contractual agreement between Southwestern and a foreign university for a year of study abroad. The Contractual Agreement form may be obtained from Student Financial Services. A limited number of applicants will be approved each year. A fee of $100 will be assessed by Southwestern each semester of study abroad through this program.

Financial Aid Disbursement

Federal Pell Grant/FSEOG/ACG/SMART — award is divided over two semesters. The Business Office transfers funds directly to the student's account.

TEG/LEAP/SLEAP— award is divided over two semesters. The Business Office transfers funds directly to the student's account.

Federal Direct Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan — two disbursements for each loan period. The Business Office transfers funds directly to the student's account.

Federal PLUS — two disbursements for each loan period. Funds from the lender are electronically transferred to the student's account.

Federal Perkins Loan — two disbursements for each loan period. The Business Office transfers funds directly to the student account.

Federal and State Work Study — student receives a monthly paycheck through the Business Office.

Financial Aid Academic Progress Standards

Southwestern Adventist University's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy specifies the standards a student must maintain to be considered making progress in his/her course of study. The policy also establishes the criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish his/her eligibility for federal/state financial assistance.

Qualitative and Quantitative Components

Southwestern's satisfactory progress policy for undergraduate students contains a qualitative component which requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of each semester for undergraduate work. The quantitative satisfactory progress policy requires completion of a specified percentage of the coursework attempted as well as a maximum number of credits that may be attempted for the completion of a degree.

Attempted Hours   Completion Percentage Required
at 23   50%
at 55   58%
at 89   67%
90 +   67%

Students who work at the minimum level of any interval will be expected to perform at a higher rate of completion in future semesters. This will be individually monitored and the performance expectation will be communicated to the student.

Maximum Attempted Hours    
Bachelor of Science 192  
Associate Degree 96  

Students who find that they have exceeded the maximum time allowed for completing a degree because of a change in majors, will need to go through the appeal process for a determination as to whether they may continue to receive federal student aid. The degree audit will be reviewed as a part of the appeal process.

Additional requirements apply to recipients of the Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG). Students who receive or were awarded their first TEG before September 1, 2005, must meet the same guidelines as outlined in the institution's policy above. Students awarded their first TEG award after September 1, 2005 must be enrolled three-quarter time and at the end of an academic year in which the student receives a renewal award, must have completed 24 credit hours of coursework during the previous academic year, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.  These students may receive TEG for no more than five years for a 4-year degree program and three years for an associate degree program. A student may appeal to receive a renewal TEG if they did not meet the requirements and there were circumstances that prevented them from attaining the required hours or GPA. In the event of hardship or other good cause for students awarded TEG for the first time on or after September 1, 2005, the Student Finance Committee may allow an otherwise eligible person to receive a TEG while enrolled less than full time or if the student's grade point average or number of hours completed falls below the satisfactory academic progress requirements.

Academic progress will be reviewed at the end of each fall and spring semester. Students who fail to meet the GPA and/or completion percentage standards will be notified that the completion of a Satisfactory Academic Progress Contract is required if they wish to continue receiving aid.  Students who exceed the number of years for completion of a degree must complete a Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal form to be reviewed by the Student Finance Committee. A hold is placed on the students federal and state aid until the SAP contract has been completed, or the suspension appeal has been approved. Suspension appeals may be made for the following reasons: 1) The student has experienced serious illness; 2) The student has a degree plan change; 3) The student, out of financial necessity, carried an extremely heavy workload over an extended period of time; 4) Upon recommendation of the Vice President for Academic Administration; 5) At the discretion of the Assistant Financial Vice President for Student Finance.

Veteran's Benefits

Students with previous military experience may be eligible for certain benefits. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) records center and obtain a certificate of eligibility before school begins. Bring the certification to the Southwestern Adventist University Records Office. After registration, notification of enrollment will be sent to the VA.

Student Employment

Southwestern Adventist University is committed to providing a campus job to any student taking six or more credit hours. Students apply for a job by going directly to the department for which they wish to work, or by contacting the Student Employment Office. Many campus jobs will require that the student arrange a class schedule that will allow them to work all morning or all afternoon each weekday. Departments that hire students include:

  • Academic Departments
  • Administrative offices
  • Bookstore
  • Building maintenance
  • Cafeteria
  • Custodial
  • E.G. White Research Center
  • Grounds
  • KGSW Channel 31
  • Laboratories
  • Library
  • Media services
  • Radio Station 88.3
  • Residence Halls
  • Security
  • Switchboard

Other options may be available through the Student Employment Office located next to the University Bookstore. You may also reach this office by calling (817) 202-6240, during office hours.

Students who work for the University may pick up their earnings checks at the cashier's window on the first day of each month. Students who have any unpaid charges on their school bill will have 50% of their institutional earnings (not federal/state work-study) automatically applied to their accounts.

Tuition Discounts (Click for more info)

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SWAU Merit Awards (Click for more info)

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Need-Based Scholarships (Click for more info)

Need-based scholarships are given to students needing additional help with expenses after the student has pursued all other sources of aid, including loans.  Students who have a private residence hall room or excessive miscellaneous charges such as fines, should not expect that they will be given need-based aid to cover these charges.

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General Scholarships (Click for more info)

Scholarships in this section have specific eligibility criteria as indicated below. Some of these scholarships require enrollment of at least 12 credit hours for the semester, others will be adjusted for less than full-time study. The combination of scholarships, grants, subsidies and Southwestern discounts cannot exceed charges. Southwestern does not pay its scholarships in cash to the student. Southwestern encourages students and parents to search for scholarships through local service clubs or employers. Scholarship sources can also be found by searching the Internet.

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Working Policy

For clarification of the working policy for any items in the Finance Section of the bulletin, contact the Financial Vice President for Student Financial Services.

Endowed Scholarships

The following scholarships are awarded during spring semester to students who are returning to Southwestern Adventist University the following school year. Recipients are selected based on criteria established by the scholarship donors.

The University is grateful to the donors who support Southwestern students by establishing these endowed scholarships. Those interested in creating a named scholarship may contact the Office of University Advancement.

  • 1993 Senior Scholarship
  • Frank H. Abel Scholarship
  • Alumni Honoree Scholarship
  • Marvin & Dee Anderson Scholarship *
  • Victor Baca Scholarship
  • Isaac Baker Scholarship
  • Norma P. Bartolome Scholarship
  • Nathan L. Beebe Scholarship
  • Thelma Beem Scholarship
  • Jessie Casey Belz Scholarship
  • Irene Black Scholarship
  • Mardian J. Blair Scholarship
  • Board of Trustees Scholarship
  • Frances Draper Brennan Scholarship
  • Edward & Sylvia Brickman Scholarship
  • Raleigh & Edith Burchfield Scholarship
  • John & Remy R. Cabansag Scholarship*
  • Frances I. Clark Scholarship
  • Jimmie C. Culpepper Scholarship
  • John & Joan Curnow Student Missionary Scholarship
  • Clarence W. Dortch Scholarship
  • Edwards-Wiest Scholarship
  • El Jean Scholarship
  • Entrepreneurship Scholarship
  • Joseph & Dina Espinosa Scholarship
  • Sadie Goodwin-Richardson Scholarship
  • Lessie Culpepper Hagen Scholarship
  • Dr. F.E.J. & Marjorie Harder Scholarship
  • Orville Lee & Laura Judge Hayes Scholarship
  • Alvin C. Heinrich Scholarship
  • Dale Heinrich Music Scholarship
  • James K. Hopps Scholarship*
  • Victorine Zaidan Kafrouni Scholarship
  • Cecil E. Lambeth Scholarship
  • Elder George E. & Pearl Leffler Scholarship
  • George E. Leffler, Jr. Scholarship
  • Florence Lemke Nursing Scholarship
  • George Mathews Scholarship
  • Daniel & Ruth McAdams Scholarship
  • Jason Mickley Scholarship
  • Cyril & Marian Miller Scholarship
  • Fred B. & Blanche Gilbert Moore Scholarship
  • Peggy A. Norris Memorial Scholarship
  • Sheree Parris Nudd Communication
  • Scholarship Odyssey Harbor Scholarship
  • Shirley Pinterich Scholarship
  • Charles Popejoy Scholarship
  • Bruce Prindle Scholarship
  • Ed & Janelle Reifsnyder Scholarship
  • V.L. & Alga Robers Scholarship
  • Herbert & Irene Roth Scholarship
  • Alma Saylor Sandefur Scholarship
  • Cree & Mildred Sandefur Scholarship
  • School of the Prophets Scholarship
  • E. Frank & Joy Hargrove Sherrill Scholarship
  • Sicher Family Scholarship Villa Gillis Sierk Scholarship
  • Marc Simpson Memorial Scholarship
  • Spells Family Scholarship
  • Wes Stoops Scholarship Southwestern Union Scholarship
  • Student Association Presidents' Scholarship
  • Eugene V. Thomsen Scholarship
  • Dudley & Reta Kent Tomblinson Scholarship
  • Trixie Pearl Scholarship
  • Herman & Birdie Walker Scholarship
  • Wallen Knight Scholarship
  • Weis Heritage Scholarship
  • William V. Wiist Scholarship
  • Brandon Michael Williams Scholarship
  • P. Harlan & Jean Wilson Scholarship
  • Paul L. & Dorothea A. Wilson Scholarship
  • George W. & Mary A. Winn Scholarship
  • Wisdom Nursing Scholarship
  • Ernest & Vera Wolfe Scholarship
  • Harold L. Wright Scholarship
  • Perfil & Pauline Zapara Scholarship

* Scholarships for which students must apply.


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