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Domestic Students

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The financial aid application process is different for domestic and international students. Swarthmore considers you a domestic student for financial aid purposes if at least one of the following is true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen or U.S. dual citizen
  • Your parents live and earn their income in the U.S.
  • You reside inside the U.S. and possess Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or are undocumented and graduate from a U.S. high school 
Required materials
  • CSS Profile: This is the application for institutional financial aid from Swarthmore College. You must submit the CSS Profile before using the IDOC service. Here are instructions for how to create a parent account.
  • Tax returns: This includes all pages of the 2017 federal income tax returns, including all W-2 and 1099 statements (uploaded via IDOC).
  • FAFSA: This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid from the United States federal government, including Federal Direct and Parent PLUS loans.
    • Please note: The IRS Data Retrieval tool, located in the Financial Information section of the FAFSA, is once again available for the 2019–20 academic year filing period. This tool can be used to directly import the figures from your 2017 Federal Tax Return into your FAFSA. Eligibility to use this tool will depend upon how you filed your Federal Tax Return. If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, please be sure to have a copy of 2017 Federal Tax Return(s) for you and/or your parent(s) to reference when completing the application. The FAFSA questions that ask for specific figures from the 2017 Federal Tax Return will guide you to enter the correct figure for each question.
    • You may view a short, helpful video for completing the FAFSA.

Students who are U.S. citizens (or dual citizens) and wish to apply for federal loans (including Federal Direct loans and Parent PLUS loans) must file both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA. 

If the student or parent will be applying for federal funds alone, the student will complete only the FAFSA. The CSS Profile form will not be required.



Prospective Student Financial Aid Application Deadlines
QuestBridge National College Match: Nov. 1 With Admission Decision

Fall Early Decision: Nov. 15

With Admission Decision

Winter Early Decision: Jan. 1*

With Admission Decision

Regular Decision: Jan. 1*

With Admission Decision

Transfer: April 1

With Admission Decision

​* If you submit your application for admission and/or your application for financial aid (CSS Profile) close to the Jan. 1 deadline, there may be up to a week’s delay in processing your information. During this time, you may be unable to view your financial aid checklist. Please account for this delay before contacting the College. For your convenience, a two-week grace period of your CSS Profile submission and supporting documentation is automatically factored into the Jan. 1 deadline.

Current Student Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Submit CompleteD Application By

Receive Decision By

Nov. 1 Late May 2019
March 1 Late June 2019
Divorced or separated parents

If your parents are divorced or separated at the time of your financial aid application, or were never married, additional information is required in your financial aid application. Both households must submit the following information individually:

  • CSS Profile form: Both parents (regardless of marital status) must submit the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile provides separate forms for each parent to complete and submit; parents are identified as “Parent A” and “Parent B.” Read instructions for how to create a parent account [PDF]
  • 2017 Federal Tax Return: Submit all pages and schedules, as well as all W-2 and 1099 statements used to file tax returns. This information should be submitted from all parents (biological and any stepparents) via IDOC. 
Parents involved in a business or partnership

Students whose parents and/or stepparents (if applicable) have any interest or involvement in a partnership or corporation must submit additional documentation with their financial aid application. These documents are required (as applicable) from custodial parents, noncustodial parents, and stepparents who have any interest or involvement in a partnership or corporation.

  • 2017 corporate or partnership federal income tax return
  • All federal K1 form(s)
  • Page 2 of Schedule E on their personal federal income tax return
  • Federal 1065 tax form
  • Federal 1120(s) tax form

Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits are processed through the Registrar’s Office. Please review detailed instructions about how to apply for these benefits.