Resident Assistants

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Resident Assistants (RA) serve a key role at Swarthmore. They help build student residential culture, act as confidants and supporters, and partner with the administration as needed.

There are important financial considerations related to the job of being a Resident Assistant. If you plan to work as a Resident Assistant, here are some key pieces of information to understand.  

2018–19 Resident Assistant Compensation

Resident Assistants (RA) for 2018-2019 will be compensated $7,938 for their work. Of the $7,938, $4,580 will appear as a credit on your bill ($2,290 each semester) and $3,358 will come to you through the student payroll for your personal expenses ($1,679 each semester).  RA compensation replaces the earning elements of the aid award, but does not affect the amount of your scholarship unless your financial aid package has a reduced summer earnings or campus job contribution.  In these cases being an RA may impact your scholarship.

Tax Considerations

The compensation you receive for your work as a Resident Assistant is considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service and must be reported on your federal income tax return, if you file one. The $3,358 paid to you directly through student payroll will be reported on your Swarthmore College W-2 wage statement form. The $4,580 credited directly to your College bill is not reported on your W-2, and must be accounted for separately on your federal income tax return.