Most of our students qualify for scholarships available from outside scholarship sources. About $950,000 in such outside awards come to the College each year. Entitlements such as federal grants, employer tuition grants and state scholarships will replace our scholarship help dollar for dollar. 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. Some religious organizations offer scholarships to their members, so ask there as well.
How Outside Aid Impacts Financial Aid Awards
For recipients of outside scholarhips, 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 of our aid decision - either the expected summer earning contribution or the campus job opportunity - 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 $34,740 Swarthmore Scholarship and a $1,800 campus job opportunity, our revision would look like this:
|Original Award||Adjusted Award|
|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.