2016-17 Financial Aid Application Instructions

For Winter Early Decision applicants:

  • whose parents are not together

Submit all documents by January 15.

To be considered for Swarthmore College scholarships, along with federal or state grants, loans, or campus work opportunities, you and your parents must complete our financial aid application. When parents are not together, whether because they were never married or are separated or are divorced, we consider their financial situations separately. If a parent has remarried, your stepparent’s income and tax information is also required. 

Tentative financial aid decisions will be made available with the admission decision if we receive a complete financial aid application by the date stated above.  Applications are still accepted after that date. Our decision will consider your family’s best estimates of their 2014 financial information. Once we review parents’ actual 2015 income and tax documents in February, we will correct and finalize our tentative decision.

(If you wish to apply for federal aid only, complete just the FAFSA form after January 1, 2016.)


College Board CSS/PROFILE

Complete and submit your 2016­‐17 CSS/PROFILE on-line


If your parents do not live together, this form must be completed by the parent with whom you do not live.
You will find instructions about how to forward this form to your non-custodial parent after you submit your own CSS/PROFILE on-line.
Your non-custodial parent will complete and submit this form on-line.
Your noncustodial parent is required to submit the documents listed below. These documents may be emailed to our office in PDF format only.  The email subject should be "student's full name-ED-2020"

How to upload your custodial parent’s tax and income documents using our secure process:

  • The secure upload process is available with your Financial Aid Checklist.
  • View your personal Financial Aid Checklist to see a list of required financial aid application documents. 
  • Access the Financial Aid Checklist by visiting your Admission Applicant Status Page. 
  • Login credentials for the Admission Applicant Status Page will be emailed to you after you submit your Common Application.


Submit a photocopy of parents’ 2014 federal tax return.
Include all pages and schedules of federal tax form only.


Submit photocopies of all W-2 statements used to complete parents’  2014 federal tax return.
Include 1099 statements for contract earnings, retirement, pension, annuity, Social Security benefits (for all household members), or disability income.
(Do not submit any for interest or dividend income.)

Submit by February 15 all parents' actual 2015 income & tax documents so we may correct & finalize your first year award.



2015 NONCUSTODIAPARENT’S income and tax documents

Federal FAFSA form-Available January 1, your federal FAFSA form is to be completed on-line once your parents complete their 2015 Federal income tax return.