Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$20,511
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$8,909
$30k - $48k
$8,107
$48k - $75k
$12,983
$75k - $110k
$23,207
$110k+
$40,826
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$52,588
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$52,588
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$15,474
Books and Supplies
$1,360
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

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100
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Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
16%
Average Aid Per Year
$46,105
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
16%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,456
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$44,086
Students receiving state aid
6%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,440
Students receiving federal aid
19%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,456
Average Grant & Scholarship By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$60,429
$30k - $48k
$62,127
$48k - $75k
$49,946
$75k - $110k
$36,684
$110k+
$28,288
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$46,045,822
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$1,692,095

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
15%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$8,843
Students receiving federal loans
14%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,268
Average Other Loans Per Year
$29,892
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$17,673
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$207

What Students Are Saying

4.33 Average Rating
The school is expensive but has a big endowment, which translates to a lot of financial aid. Appealing for more aid does help if you can point out some concrete reasons--I appealed my first financial aid offer and got a better one. About half of the students here are getting some sort of assistance.
Some Swattie
The Buck is quite large, and I know that finances are a huge deal breaker for many students who choose not to go to Swarthmore. However, my experience so far has been better than I would have imagined and I'm confident that the job I am able to get after leaving Swarthmore will more than pay for the tuition.
Emily from Ellicott City, MD
Swarthmore is definitely academically challenging but it is an amazing place where you learn to manage your time and have faculty help you along the way.
Kelly from Los Angeles, CA
It's really expensive, but you'll probably get a really good education and financial aid if you need it. Swarthmore is also kind of an expensive neighborhood (not all of it), so a lot of people there will have money, and there will be random expensive crap.
High School Senior from Swarthmore
It is quite expensive, but I feel as though it is worth it, so long as you are willing to make it work for you.
Cally from North Potomac, MD
Swarthmore is expensive, but there is a fair amount of financial aid and they do all they can to help you. It is a great school and worth every penny.
Elizabeth
Overall, Swarthmore is a great school. Financial aid is also very generous.
Jacob from Wayne, MI

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