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International Students

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You are considered an international student if all of the following are true:

  • You are a non-U.S. citizen
  • You are not an undocumented student
  • Your parents file a foreign tax return in lieu of a U.S. tax return; unless they are employed on a visa in the United States
  • You will be applying for an F-1 student visa in order to study at Swarthmore College (may not be applicable to Canadian citizen students)

Review common financial aid topics for international students


Required materials

Swarthmore College’s Financial Aid Office requires you to submit electronic copies of the documentation that you will use to complete the CSS Profile via an upload process to a College-owned online portal. Prospective students submit all documents for financial aid applications online in the Financial Aid Checklist within the Swarthmore Admissions portal’s applicant status page. Do not upload documents via IDOC as the College will not receive them.

Current international students use MySwarthmore and access their Financial Aid Checklist via this path:  MySwarthmore - Student Information - Financial Aid Information.  Look for the tab above the checklist to upload documents. 

* If the cost of the CSS Profile is prohibitive, please visit the "Cost of the CSS Profile" section of this webpage.

Note:  If your required documents do not appear to align with the information that you are able to procure, upload your documentation in lieu of the required documentation along with a brief, signed note of explanation for the Financial Aid Office.  Ultimately, the Financial Aid Office must have official, attested documentation to corroborate  the information that your family reported on the CSS Profile.  Your family must determine for itself the clearest and most accurate way to accomplish that.

Financial aid documentation 

The Financial Aid Office requires non-U.S. citizens to use attested, third-party income and asset documentation to complete the CSS Profile, which is the annual application for consideration of need-based financial aid from Swarthmore College. Official income documentation varies from country to country.  Use the income documentation that pertains to your home country to complete your CSS Profile.  If your home country has an annual reporting of income to a national agency, similar to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States, you very likely have these documents in your possession already.

Swarthmore College’s Financial Aid Office uses the forms you upload to verify the information that you/your parents reported on your CSS Profile. If your parents own a business, or they do not have official income documentation, they will need to request third-party income documentation from their employer(s) and/or present a signed letter on company letterhead that has been attested and that includes the name, signature, and company server email address of the person verifying your income. The documentation must be legitimate and may not be easily reproduced. The onus of providing genuine verifiable documentation rests with your family.



Financial Aid Application Deadlines for Prospective Students
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

​* 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. 

Financial Aid Application Deadlines for Current Students
Submit CompleteD Application By

Receive Decision By

Nov. 1 Late May 2019
March 1 Late June 2019

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. Any information that you provide on the CSS Profile should derive from actual and legitimate documentation.  Lastly, you should keep a readily accessible copy of your entire aid application submission for your reference.