Swain Center

Financial Assistance Information

The Swain Center wants to ensure that any interested applicants have all the resources they need for financial assistance should they wish to register for our programs, but do not have the necessary funds.

Below are the various options available. Please note that as the courses offered by the Swain Center are not for academic credit, financial aid through UNCW is not provided.

Sallie Mae (R) Career Training Smart Option Student Load (R)

Choosing the Career Training Smart Option Student Loan offers various financial and educational benefits, including competitive interest rates, a choice of repayment options, and rewards for paying your loan on time while in school. Plus, you can borrow up to 100% of your school-certified cost of attendance (minimum $1,000).

Workforce Investment Act

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) is a federal program that gives workers the chance to learn the skills and information needed to compete in the new economy. Contact the JobLink Career Center to discuss all of the requirement for applying for a WIA grant. More information can be found by visiting:


The local Wilmington offices can be reached at:

  • New Hanover County JobLink Career Center 717 Market St. Wilmington, NC 28401 910.251.5777
  • Cape Fear Workforce Development Board 1480 Harbour Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401 910.395.4553

Payment Plan

The Swain Center will work individually with applicants to create a payment plan that can divide the full course cost into manageable amounts. Our standard formula requires a third of the total cost due upon registration, the second third due by the course start date, and the remainder due by the middle of the course. However, we can work on developing a customized plan based on individual needs.

Private Bank Loans

Check with your bank about options available. Many offer funds for continuing education and professional development in addition to traditional undergraduate and graduate student loans.