Dean's Discretionary Funding Request Guidelines

The Dean's Office can offer funding available in the form of small grants.  Requests for funding can include certain academic-related expenses as well as non-academic related needs.

The spirit of this funding is primarily to support emergency circumstances and priority is given to students in the highest financial need tiers.  Funding is usually limited to under $500 and most grants are under $300.  Please note the Dean's Office may not be able to fulfill all requests. 

Examples of academic related expenses include funding for required course texts or books (though we would encourage students to check the Course Book Collection housed in the Underhill Library in the Lang Music Building.  Stop by to browse the shelves, or email Donna Fournier at dfourni1@swarthmore.edu.  Funding may not be used for expenses associated with academic conferences or senior thesis projects.  Students may also access an emergency grant for computer purchases - we recommend that students check with the Financial Aid Office with regard to possible loan options.

Examples of eligible non-academic requests include, but are not limited to, expenses associated with emergency medical, dental, vision procedures, unanticipated trips home due to a family emergency, and various fees related to postgraduate opportunities.