Swarthmore College

This page will be updated by late summer 2020.

National College Match Scholarship Package

These numbers reflect estimated billed and non-billed college costs for the 2020-2021 school year. Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the financial aid award will correspondingly increase. Your official financial aid award will be included in a letter sent to you directly from Swarthmore.

Annual Cost of Attendance



Room & Board


Books & Supplies






Student Activities Fee




How Annual Costs Are Covered



Campus Job Opportunity

$2,100 (estimated)

Student Summer Work Earnings Contribution


Parent Contribution


Student Contribution

25% of student's savings/assets

Student Loan




Policy Regarding Outside Funding
Outside scholarship earned by students will reduce or eliminate the campus job opportunity expectation in Swarthmore’s financial aid decision. Outside scholarship funds that exceed this amount will then reduce Swarthmore Scholarship grant, dollar for dollar. Outside funding secured through parent support such as employee tuition benefits and VA military benefits will replace Swarthmore Scholarship grant, dollar for dollar.

Policy on Health Insurance
You may waive participation in the student health insurance program if you are covered under a parental or private plan that provides comparable coverage. If you are not covered under an insurance plan, you will be eligible for a full health insurance discount to cover this charge.

Policy on Travel Allowance
Some transportation costs are included in our estimate for your personal expenses.Swarthmore considers travel needs of students who live in the United States and more than 100 miles away from the College. Your financial aid award may include an allowance for the estimated cost of two round-trip fares between your home and the College.

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award
You must be enrolled full-time and make satisfactory academic progress in order to continue to receive financial support from the College and/or Federal and State governments.

You must reapply for Swarthmore College, Federal, and state financial aid by March 1 each year.

Policy on Undocumented Students
For undocumented students who are authorized to work in the United States (with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA status), Swarthmore includes a campus job as part of the Financial Aid Award. For undocumented students without DACA status, Swarthmore may include an institutional loan each year to cover the estimated income otherwise earned from the campus job opportunity expectation.