Swarthmore, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The college notifies you ahead of time about the necessity to apply for financial aid and if you apply on time, a smooth entry and success are guaranteed.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Swarthmore is very generous and it fulfills 100% of my need. I am very satisfied with and grateful for my financial aid package. Plus, I never have to spend much time on the financial aid application process, which is incredibly simple. I love the FA office staff too!!

6 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received an excellent amount of financial aid, given my circumstances. I was, however, disappointed that the move towards no loans occurred during my senior year. Therefore, I only received that benefit for two semesters. Today, Swarthmore does not include loans in aid packages, which means less debt for students. There are merit-based scholarships available, too, but I did not receive any.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: Though I applied for financial aid, I did not receive any, though I would have greatly benefited from it. Swarthmore does provide a large amount of financial aid to many students, but I was unfortunate in that I did not receive any because Swarthmore/FAFSA decided my parents' income was sufficient (though it has been really difficult for them to pay for the past four years). I'm not sure whether this is an issue with Swarthmore, or the FAFSA program, but there should be more consideration into where the income is being distributed, rather than thinking they'll be able to fund the tuition and that the money isn't being placed into insurance, mortgage, etc. In any event, I know Swarthmore provides a large sum of financial aid to many students and that it is consistently ranked one of the top schools for financial assistance.

1 person found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I spoke to the financial aid office on multiple occasions and was given information that turned out to be false. Had the financial aid officers been honest from the start, I likely would not have attended Swarthmore. As a result of my experiences with them, I have over $150,000 of student loan debt, some of which is through private lenders with interest rates above 10%. The financial aid officers did not provide me with adequate information about Swarthmore's financial aid process or about student loans in general.

1 person found this useful Report

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Student Polls

Which statement best describes your financial aid experience at this school?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% I did not apply for financial aid.
  • 5% It is an ongoing process that I am still dealing with.
  • 11% It was an absolute headache, and it took multiple attempts to receive any aid.
  • 16% The process was a hassle, but I received the financial aid I needed.
  • 42% It went smoothly, and I received the financial aid I needed.

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