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Swarthmore College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$65,938 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$48,720 tuition
$15,474 on campus room & board
$1,360 books and supplies
$384 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$65,938 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$48,720 tuition
$15,474 on campus room & board
$1,360 books and supplies
$384 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$42,881 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
63% of students receive aid
17% get federal aid ($5,649 avg)
5% get state aid ($2,838 avg)
58% get institn'l aid ($42,881 avg)
15% get loans ($8,843 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.20% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.20% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $44,722 58%
Federal Grant Aid $5,649 17%
Pell Grants $4,836 17%
Other Federal Grants $2,911 5%
Institution Grant Aid $42,881 58%
State Grant Aid $2,838 5%
Student Loans $8,843 15%
Federal Loans $4,751 12%
Other Loans $21,173 1%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
- Y N N N
$1,500 Y N N N
award details Y N N N
$10,000 N Y N N
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: -
Financial aid deadline: February 15
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: April 1
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Swarthmore College offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 328-8300
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,523
Out of State $1,523


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Emily from Ellicott City, MD
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 5
  • Kelly from Los Angeles, CA
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 4
  • High School Senior from Swarthmore
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    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.

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