Swarthmore College

This page will be updated by August for the 2018 National College Match. 

National College Match Scholarship Package

These numbers are based on costs for the 2017-2018 school year.  Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the scholarship packages will correspondingly increase.

Annual Cost of Attendance



Room & Board


Books & Supplies






Required Fees




How Costs Are Covered (annually)



Federal Work-Study

$2,040 (estimated)

Student Summer Work Contribution


Parent Contribution


Student Savings


Student Loan




Policy Regarding Outside Scholarships
Many Swarthmore students win outside, merit-based scholarships but they do not know the sources or amounts when they are submitting their aid applications to college. As you see above, Swarthmore College will be making certain that your demonstrated financial need is met. If you receive outside, merit-based scholarships after Swarthmore has awarded its support, the outside scholarship funds will replace your campus job amount. If the amount of your outside scholarship is greater than the campus job amount, then the Swarthmore Scholarship (grant-based aid) would be reduced by the remaining. 

Policy on Health Insurance
All Swarthmore students must be covered by health insurance. If you are not covered by health insurance at home during your Swarthmore enrollment, and if you formally enroll in Swarthmore College’s health insurance program by the June deadline, we will pay the cost of that health insurance. More details about the College’s health insurance plan are provided here.

Policy on Travel Allowance
Some transportation costs are included in our estimate for your personal expenses but for students who live beyond 100 miles from Swarthmore College (but within the U.S.) we will include in our aid decision the cost of two round-trip fares between your home and the College.

Other Details
You must reapply for Swarthmore College, Federal, and state financial aid every spring semester.  Look for Swarthmore's reminder notices in February. 

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award
Your full-time enrollment, earning four credits each semester, and making satisfactory academic progress are all required for continuation of the College’s, Federal, and state support.