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Budget Office

Swarthmore College Walkway - Clothier Memorial Hall

Department Overview

The Budget Office works to ensure the College’s fiscal sustainability through the equitable allocation of resources visible through the Operating Budget. We provide timely reporting of financial performance to the College’s senior leadership and serve the College community as a resource regarding the Operating Budget and the annual budget process.   

The Department's major responsibilities are:

  • Coordinate and compile the College's annual operating budget in accordance with established guidelines
  • Review departmental budgets submitted through the College's web-based budget portal, mySwarthmore, for accuracy and completeness
  • Advise College leadership regarding resource allocation, financial results, and trends in higher education
  • Work with the Division of Facilities in the development of the College's Capital Plan
  • Communicate budgetary issues to the Swarthmore Community


Budget Training Sessions

Sign up for one of the budget training sessions being offered on Thursdays in December and January. Please register and select from the following dates: 

  • Thursday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Location: 101 South Chester, Room 002)
  • Thursday, January 5, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Location: Singer Hall, Room 033)
  • Thursday, January 12, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Location: Singer Hall, Room 033)
  • Thursday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Location: 101 South Chester, Room 002)

We will review the 2023-24 operating budget process and enter a sample request on the budget entry form in mySwarthmore. A pre-recorded video will be available by email request in January for those who just need a refresher in using the online budget form.

Requesting Purchasing Authority & Access to Funds and Orgs

Instructions for requesting purchasing authority are available in this document [pdf].