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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 a graduate from a U.S. high school.
Required materials
  • Swarthmore Financial Aid Certification Form [PDF] 
    • Required for all students, this form must be uploaded to the IDOC service.
  • CSS Profile: This is the application for institutional financial aid from Swarthmore College. You must submit the CSS Profile before using the IDOC service. Visit the College Board website for helpful tips and instructions on creating a parent account.
  • Federal Tax returns:
    • For Parents: Upload all pages of the 2018 federal income tax return, as well as all W-2s and 1099 statements via the IDOC service.
    • For Students: Upload only the 2018 federal tax income return via the IDOC service. W-2s are not required if you filed a federal income tax return. See below if you did not file a federal income tax return.
  • 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 2020–21 academic year filing period. This tool can be used to directly import the figures from your 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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.
  • Federal Verification Documentation: Swarthmore is required by the federal government to verify students for federal financial aid eligibility. To complete Federal Verification, students are required to upload the following documents via the IDOC service.

Students who are U.S. citizens (or dual citizens) and wish to apply only for federal loans (including Federal Direct loans and Parent PLUS loans) must file only the FAFSA. The CSS Profile form will not be required.

Deadlines

 

Prospective Student Financial Aid Application Deadlines
SUBMIT CompleteD Application By RECEIVE DECISION By
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 2020
March 1 Late June 2020
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]
  • 2018 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.

  • 2018 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 all pages and schedules
  • Federal 1120(s) tax form all pages and schedules
Veterans

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