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Domestic Students

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
  • You are eligible to complete and submit a valid FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • 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.

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Required materials - simplified

VERY IMPORTANT TIP:  Monitor your financial aid checklist via the Admissions application status portal (prospective students) or MySwarthmore (current students).  Do not rely upon the checklist on IDOC; it will not be as accurate as your checklist on Swarthmore's portals.

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) may file only the FAFSA. The CSS Profile form will not be required.


Required materials - detailed

  • 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.
    • Swarthmore's College Board code: 2821
  • Federal Tax returns:
    • For Parents: Upload all pages of the 2021 federal income tax return, as well as all W-2s and 1099 statements via the IDOC service.  We need you to upload your entire 2021 federal income tax return to IDOC; whatever you submitted to the IRS must be uploaded.  IDOC will separate and organize your submission accordingly.
    • For Students: Upload only the 2021 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 2023–24 academic year filing period. This tool can be used to directly import the figures from your 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Federal Tax Return will guide you to enter the correct figure for each question.
    • Swarthmore's FAFSA code: 003370
    • 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) may file 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. 4*

With Admission Decision

Regular Decision: Jan. 4*

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. 4 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. 4 deadline.

Current Student Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Submit CompleteD Application By

Receive Decision By

December 1 Late May 2023
March 1 Late June 2023

Please be sure that your application submission is entirely complete.  It is recommended that both before and after you submit your application that you review your submission to be sure that all relevant income information has been provided, e.g., a complete US federal income tax return with all schedules, W-2s, 1099s, etc.  Any information that you provide on the CSS Profile and FAFSA should derive from actual and legitimate documentation.  Lastly, you should keep a readily accessible copy of your entire aid application submission for your reference.


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]
  • 2021 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.

  • 2021 corporate and/or partnership federal income tax return(s)
    • Form 1065 - U.S. Partnership Tax Return - upload all pages and schedules to IDOC
    • Form 1120S - U.S. Corporate Tax Return - upload all pages and schedules to IDOC
    • Form 1120 - U.S. Corporate Tax Return - upload all pages and schedules to IDOC
  • All Schedule K-1 forms
  • Schedule E (both pages 1 and 2) from the U.S. federal income tax return (Form 1040)


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