Foreign National Students

Financial Aid

Swarthmore College offers strong financial support for a limited number of admitted foreign national students (that is, those who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents). Each year, we provide about $3 million to foreign national students in the form of scholarships and campus job opportunities. Although we believe that the primary responsibility for financing your education lies with you and your family, we stand ready to help when family resources are not sufficient to meet your educational expenses.

Foreign national students who request our financial aid assistance will be reviewed in the most competitive pool for which the rate of admission is about 1 in 21. If you are admitted, the College will meet your demonstrated financial need. That is, we will fill the gap between what your family is capable of paying and what we cost (including tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal expenses).  More answers to some frequently asked questions are available [pdf].

Instructions for applying for aid are available on our website. You must apply for financial aid during the admission process and before admission is offered. We are not able to consider a financial aid application submitted after your admission to or enrollment at Swarthmore. Foreign national transfer applicants are not considered for financial aid.

Aid awards include a campus job opportunity (about 7 or 8 hours of work each week), and then the remainder will be offered in scholarship. This year our scholarships range from $1,000 to $57,900. The average need of our foreign national students during the 2012-­13 academic year is $46,500, but you are not average. We cannot determine your eligibility until we consider your aid application.