Most of our students qualify for merit scholarships available from outside scholarship sources. About $950,000 in such outside awards come to the College each year. Many announcements about these awards are not made until June; we will coordinate that new resource into our aid offer at that time. Be sure to keep us advised when you receive outside support.
Prospective students should check with their high school's college counseling office for information about local community civic or club scholarships. Some employers offer scholarships to children of their employees, so check with parents' employers. Religious organizations may offer scholarships to their members, so ask there as well.
How Outside Aid Impacts Financial Aid Awards
For recipients of outside scholarhips first determine the type of outside scholarship:
- Entitlements such as federal grants, employer tuition grants and state scholarships will replace our Swarthmore Scholarship dollar for dollar.
- Merit based outside scholarships are incorporated in the following manner:
- Swarthmore's policy is to apply the first $500, plus half of the remainder of your total outside merit-based assistance toward the self-help elements -- either the expected summer earning contribution or the campus job opportunity-- of our aid decision and the balance replaces Swarthmore Scholarship.
For example, if you receive notice of a $1,000 local community scholarship after we have met your demonstrated need with an award consisting of a $35,960 Swarthmore Scholarship and a $1,920 campus job opportunity, our revision would look like this:
|Original Award||Adjusted Award|
|Merit based Local community scholarship||$0||$1,000|
Conversely, adjustments made to include merit-based outside scholarship in our aid award will be reversed if you do not receive these anticipated funds.