Net Price Calculator

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What is the Net Price Calculator?

Our Financial Aid Office reviews every application carefully to determine aid awards, but many families want to have an idea of their financial obligation for college costs. The Net Price Calculator is a tool you can use to see an early estimate of the aid you might receive, as well as the net price your family might be expected to pay for the first year at Swarthmore.

How does it work?

The Net Price Calculator collects your family’s financial information and applies some of Swarthmore’s financial aid policies to provide these estimates. It’s important to note that the results are estimates of your possible eligibility for aid and that the actual financial aid decision will be made after we receive your financial aid application and documentation. 

What if my family has special financial circumstances?

We know that no family is average and that your financial situation is unique. The Net Price Calculator works best if your parents have no self-employment income. If your parents have any involvement in business partnerships, corporations, sole proprietorships, farms, or rental properties, the Net Price Calculator may produce less-accurate results. Also, the calculator is not intended for students whose parents live outside the U.S., are separated or not married, have recently lost a job, face elder-care expenses or high medical expenses, have capital gains or losses, or have taken early withdrawals from retirement funds.

Can I count on the estimate provided by the Net Price Calculator? 

The Net Price Calculator can provide estimates of your possible aid eligibility, and not a firm offer of financial aid. Swarthmore will make an actual decision about your aid eligibility after we carefully review your completed financial aid application. Our aid decision will accompany your admission decision, provided that you submitted all application materials on time. 

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