Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.09
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.91 / 4.00 Elizabeth Drake
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

1. Swarthmore has a Need Based Financial Assistance policy                       
2. Loan Free Financial Aid Awards see link for brief descriptions of "1" and 2"- http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/paying-swarthmore                                                                                                           
3. Study Abroad: 
We have equitable study abroad policies. Off-campus study (domestic and international) programs cost the same for all students, so if you are from a low-income background, your study abroad options aren't limited to low-cost programs. In addition, Swarthmore provides additional funding for plane tickets, meals, and local transportation abroad.                                                              
4. Funded Internships: You do not need to choose a paid internship over nonprofit or community work. The College provides internship funding programs to help cover your expenses while you pursue unpaid work.                               
5. Numerous Other: the Emergency Fund for low income students for a variety of uses (books, medical expenses, emergency travel, travel for externships, etc). Travel Fund for family members to attend a college event (sports, performances, graduation, etc).  And funds to assist students with taking summer courses when the student is behind in credits.

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

Technically the college has no official policies for non-traditional students, however, in practice, we support such students very much through other policies and practices. See descriptions of case-by-case programs below.
c. Single parents: For b and c, Swarthmore rarely has such students and there is no official policy. However, Swarthmore does accommodate such students on a case by case bases and has, at least once in the past, assisted with finding housing and childcare and other support for a single mother student.
e. Students who are financially independent from parents: Swarthmore has no specific policy for financially independent students, however, there are numerous scholarships/grants/other asst. for low income students, from which financially independent students can benefit.

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Most information was assembled from the 2021-2022 Swarthmore College Fact Book. Data on low-income students was from the HEOA Graduate Rate report (see swarthmore.edu/institutional-research/higher-education-act-graduation-rates),and includes the sum of student recipients of Pell grants and Subsidized Stafford Loans. The percentage of students graduating with no student loans is from the Common Data set: http://swarthmore.edu/institutional-research/common-data-set.

Information was compiled by representatives from the Office of Sustainability and PRF Fellow Jorge Lopez-Nava '23.

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