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Tuition, Room & Board, Activities Fee

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Swarthmore awarded more than $43 million in need-based scholarship aid to 56 percent of our students for the 2018-19 academic year. The average financial aid award was $52,814. Financial aid awards ranged from $1,000 to $71,662; the maximum financial aid award includes the College's total billed charges as well as allowances for books, personal expenses, and travel between a student's home and Swarthmore. 

College Billed Charges for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Tuition $54,256
Room $8,252
Board $7,836
Student Activities Fee $400*
Total Billed Charges $70,744

* Swarthmore aims to ensure that all students have access to the same opportunities and experiences, regardless of their financial background. The student activity fee covers a comprehensive set of costs for which many other colleges charge students on an à la carte basis, including:

  • Laundry
  • Printing
  • Concerts
  • Participation in sports and other activities
  • Admission to athletic events
  • IT support
  • Late-night coffee and snacks at the library
  • Wi-Fi
  • Social events
  • Trips into Philadelphia
  • Lectures
  • Campus movie nights