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How Does the Reconsideration Process Work?

Scott Amphitheater

The Financial Aid Office uses a holistic approach to determine a student’s financial need and provide a financial aid award that best reflects the information submitted in the financial aid application. If the information you provided in your financial aid application has changed, or was submitted incorrectly or incompletely, you may want to appeal your financial aid award; this process is sometimes called requesting a reconsideration of the new information.

If you would like a reconsideration of your new or changed financial information, and you are a dependent student, your parent(s) or guardian(s) should contact your assigned financial aid director in Swarthmore’s Financial Aid Office with a written request for reconsideration; email is acceptable for this request. If you are an independent student, you should send the written request for consideration directly to your assigned financial aid director. The letter or email should describe the changes in income or circumstances that are beyond the family's control, or provide additional information that was not included in the financial aid application. The student's assigned financial aid director will be in touch with the student and/or family as quickly as possible to discuss possible next steps.

A financial aid committee meets regularly to discuss requests for reconsideration of financial aid application information. Requests for reconsideration are processed on a first come, first served basis and reconsideration requests regarding returning student awards are considered only after initial financial aid awards are completed for all returning students.