Howard College - Big Spring, Lamesa, San Angelo, SWCID

Financial Aid Resources

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Note: Howard College / SWCID FICE Code is 003574
NOTICE:  The Financial Aid Office cannot process student loans the week before classes end for the semester.

This page serves as a reference for financial resources available to Howard College students.  Time and attention should be spent carefully researching eligibility criteria, deadlines, and application processes.  The tabs below contain alphabetized lists of forms, documents, and resources to be used (as needed) in the Financial Aid process.

Howard College/SWCID provides financial assistance to help make the benefits of higher education available to qualified students. Federal and state grants, scholarships, federal student loans, exemptions, waivers, and federal and state work-study programs are administered through the Financial Aid Office. Applications should be made well in advance of the date a student intends to register.  The priority deadline is March 15.  In order for funds to be available before the semester begins, applications must be received by July 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.  This includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Information received after the deadlines may not be processed in time for registration.

Cosmetology Students / Aid

Cosmetology Students / Aid

Cosmetology is a clock hour program and therefore is not awarded the same as academic courses. The Pell-Grant (if you qualify) will be awarded in three equal disbursements. The first will be at your initial enrollment. The following disbursements will be awarded once you reach 500 hours, and 1000 hours.  If you apply for a student loan, disbursements will be awarded at 150 hours, 500 hours, and 1,000 hours.

How to Accept Your Financial Aid

Once your FAFSA application has been received, you will need to review your Financial Aid information by logging into Campus Connect through the MyHC Student Portal at  If additional information is needed to complete your file, the documents needed will be listed.  If your file is complete, you must accept or decline your Financial Aid Package.

If you qualify for the Pell Grant, the amount shown in your Financial Aid information is based on full-time enrollment.  If you choose not to enroll full-time, your Pell will be adjusted based on the number of hours you do enroll in.  

If there is a Loan awarded, the amount shown in your Financial Aid Information is the amount that you qualify to borrow.  You do not have to borrow this amount if you choose not to.  You can borrow less or none at all.  All loans must be applied for by going to 

Howard College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, veteran's status or any other protected class in its programs, activities, admission, or employment practices.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Director of Human Resources, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720, 432-264-5100.  For further information on the policy of non-discrimination, visit this link for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area.