2024|25 Swarthmore College Domestic Freshmen Financial Aid (US Based)


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Scholarship Deadline: 
Applications for this scholarship will end on the 4th of January, 2024

Scholarship Summary: 
Swarthmore College strives to make it possible for all admitted students to attend Swarthmore, regardless of their ability to pay, and meets 100 percent of determined need for all admitted students. If Swarthmore admits you and you applied for financial aid, the College meets 100% of your institutionally determined financial need.

Swarthmore practices “need-blind” admissions for domestic students in other words; the financial need of an applicant will not be taken into consideration when reviewing an application.

Scholarship Applicant Criteria:
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must;
i. Be admitted for undergraduate study at Swarthmore
ii. Demonstrate significant financial aid

Value of Scholarship: 
The Swarthmore need-based financial aid (also referred to as Swarthmore Scholarship grant) meets 100% of your institutionally determined financial need up to — and including — full annual tuition (with annual $750 book allowance), fees, room, board (meal plan), academic supplies, and personal expenses.

Scholarship Application Guide: 
The application process for a Swarthmore College need-based scholarship is paperless and electronic, so all documentation is to be submitted electronically. The following documents are required for a Swarthmore financial aid application to be complete;
  • Required for all students, this form must be uploaded to the IDOC service
2. CSS Profile: This is the application for institutional financial aid from Swarthmore College. You must submit the CSS Profile before using the IDOC service.
  • Swarthmore's College Board code: 2821
3. Federal Tax returns:
  • For Parents: Upload all pages of the 2021 federal income tax return, as well as all W-2s and 1099 statements via the IDOC service. Upload your entire 2021 federal income tax return to IDOC; whatever you submitted to the IRS must be uploaded.  IDOC will separate and organize your submission accordingly.
  • For Students: Upload only the 2021 federal tax income return via the IDOC service. W-2s are not required if you filed a federal income tax return. See below if you did not file a federal income tax return.
4. FAFSA: This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid from the United States federal government, including Federal Direct and Parent PLUS loans.
  • Please note: The IRS Data Retrieval tool, located in the Financial Information section of the FAFSA, is once again available for the 2024–25 academic year filing period. This tool can be used to directly import the figures from your 2021 Federal Tax Return into your FAFSA. Eligibility to use this tool will depend upon how you filed your Federal Tax Return. If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, please be sure to have a copy of 2022 Federal Tax Return(s) for you and/or your parent(s) to reference when completing the application. The FAFSA questions that ask for specific figures from the 2022 Federal Tax Return will guide you to enter the correct figure for each question.
  • Swarthmore's FAFSA code: 003370
5. Federal Verification Documentation: Swarthmore is required by the federal government to verify students for federal financial aid eligibility. To complete Federal Verification, students are required to upload the following documents via the IDOC service.
          -  The verification worksheet must be completed after the FAFSA has been submitted.
          -  The verification worksheet must be completed after the FAFSA has been submitted.
          -  This form is only required if you the student did not file a 2022 federal income tax return. 
          -  If the student worked, but was not required to file a 2022 federal income tax return, upload to IDOC the student's 2022 W-2 forms from all employers along with this form. 

VERY IMPORTANT TIP: Monitor your financial aid checklist via the Admissions application status portal (prospective students). 

Scholarship Website: 
Find further information on this scholarship opportunity at Swarthmore College Financial Aid Page.