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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

FINANCIAL AID

For general information about financial aid and how to apply for financial aid, consult the Student Financial Services website at www.brynmawr.edu/sfs. Detailed information about the financial aid application and renewal process, types of aid available and regulations governing the disbursement of funds from grant and loan programs, can be found in the Student Financial Services Handbook, which is updated and published annually, and posted to our website.

The education of all students is subsidized by the College because their tuition and fees cover only part of the costs of instruction. To those students well qualified for education in the liberal arts and sciences but unable to meet the College fees, Bryn Mawr is able to offer further financial aid. Alumnae and friends of the College have built up endowments for scholarships; annual gifts from alumnae and other donors add to the amounts available each year. More than 75% percent of undergraduate students in the College receive financial aid. The amount of grant aid awarded by Bryn Mawr to students ranges from $2,000 to $53,220.

Initial requests for financial aid are reviewed by Student Financial Services and are judged on the basis of the student and her family’s demonstrated financial need. Students must reapply each year. Eligibility is re-established annually, assuming the student has maintained satisfactory progress toward her degree.

Bryn Mawr College subscribes to the principle that the amount of aid granted a student should be based upon documented financial eligibility. When the total amount of aid needed has been determined, awards are made in the form of grants, loans and jobs.

Bryn Mawr Merit Scholarship

Students admitted to Bryn Mawr College as first-year, first-time students are automatically considered for the Bryn Mawr Merit Scholarship; no additional application is required. Applicants are evaluated using Bryn Mawr’s holistic admission review process, which takes numerous factors into account including but not limited
to academic coursework and performance, involvement in school and community, leadership qualities, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, quality and content of writing, and potential to contribute in meaningful ways to the Bryn Mawr community.

Students may receive a Bryn Mawr Merit Scholarship even with no demonstrated financial need. Merit scholarships may be awarded to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students. In past years, awards have ranged from $8,000-$20,000 per year. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, and are renewable each year for up to four years as long as the student remains in good academic standing with the College. Bryn Mawr Merit Scholarship, in conjunction with other sources of financial aid and entitlements, cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

  • In addition to the funds made available through College resources, Bryn Mawr participates in the following Federal Student Assistance Programs:
  • The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program: Low interest federal loans for undergraduate students.
  • The Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Low interest federal loans for parents of dependent undergraduates.
  • The Federal Perkins Loan: A low-interest federal loan for undergraduates with federal need.
  • The Federal Work-Study Program: This program provides funds for campus jobs for students who meet the federal eligibility requirements.
  • The Federal Pell Grant: A federal grant awarded to undergraduates who have not earned a bachelor’s degree and who demonstrate a level of financial need specified annually by the Department of Education
  • The Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant: For students who are not eligible for Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001.
  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): A federal grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

Instructions to apply for financial aid are included in the Admissions Prospectus and on the Student Financial Services web page at www.brynmawr.edu/sfs.

Required Forms and Instructions for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents First-Year and Transfer Students

Only applicants who apply for aid at the time of initial admission will be considered for Bryn Mawr Grant assistance during any of their subsequent years of enrollment at the College. To be considered for aid as a freshman, the applicant’s response to the FA Intent question on The Common Application must be affirmative. Applicants may apply and will be considered for federal aid, including the Federal Direct Stafford
Loan Program, every year regardless of applying for aid as a freshman.

CSS Financial Aid PROFILE: Submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE at least two weeks before the deadline. If the student’s parent is divorced, separated or has never been married, submit the CSS Noncustodial Parent PROFILE. The Bryn Mawr College CSS code number is 2049.

Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Submit the Renewal FAFSA as soon as possible to meet the deadline, but not before January 1st. The Bryn Mawr College federal code number is 003237.

Federal Tax Returns: Students and their parents must submit signed copies of federal (no state) income tax returns, including all schedules and attachments, both business and personal, along with all W2 forms to the College Board Institutional Document Service (IDOC). Students and parents who are not required to file a federal income tax return must submit copies of all W-2 forms along with a Parent or Student Non-Tax-Filer Form to IDOC. All documents should be submitted to IDOC as one complete packet and must have an IDOC cover sheet.

Trust Documents: Students and parents who are beneficiaries of trust funds (other than Uniform Gift to Minor Act trusts) must submit a copy of the Trust Tax Form 1041, the beneficiary’s K-1 form, the year-end investment account statement for the trust assets, and a copy of the trust instrument governing the management of the trust by the Trustee to IDOC.

Returning Students

Returning students must reapply for financial aid each year. All applications and documents must be submitted by April 15. Eligibility is re-established annually and depends on the student’s maintaining satisfactory progress toward the degree and on her continued demonstrated need for assistance. The financial aid award may change each year as a result of annual changes in family circumstances, such as the number
of family members in college or the family’s adjusted gross income. Self-help expectations including campus employment and the amount of the federal loan a student is expected to borrow may increase each year.

CSS Financial Aid PROFILE: Submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE at least two weeks before the deadline. If the student’s parent is divorced, separated or has never been married, submit the CSS Noncustodial Parent PROFILE. The Bryn Mawr College CSS code number is 2049.

Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Submit the Renewal FAFSA as soon as possible to meet the deadline, but not before January
1st. The Bryn Mawr College federal code number is 003237.

Federal Tax Returns: Continuing students and their parents must submit signed copies of federal (no state) income tax returns, including all schedules and
attachments, both business and personal, along with all W2 forms to the College Board Institutional Document Service (IDOC). Students and parents who are not required to file a federal income tax return must submit copies of all W-2 forms along with a Parent or Student Non-Tax-Filer Form to IDOC. All documents should be submitted to IDOC as one complete packet and must have an IDOC cover sheet.

Required Forms and Instructions for International Students:

First Year and Transfer

CSS Financial Aid PROFILE. Register for a customized CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE online at least two weeks before the deadline. If the student’s parent is divorced, separated or has never been married, submit the CSS Noncustodial Parent PROFILE. The Bryn Mawr College CSS code number is 2049.

International students from Iran, Cuba, Sudan and North Korea, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo are not eligible to complete the PROFILE or Noncustodial PROFILE and should complete the International Student Financial Aid Application, available for download www.brynmawr.edu/edu/sfs/forms.html.

Please fax: 610-526-5249, or email as a PDF: sfs@brynmawr.edu

Statement of Parental Earnings: Submit statements from both parents’ and stepparents’ employers stating annual gross income and value of any employment benefits and/or copies of all pages of parents’ national tax returns, both personal and business. English translations and conversion to U.S. dollars are required.
Submit parents’ wage/income statements to Bryn Mawr College by mail: Bryn Mawr College, Student Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, by email:
sfs@brynmawr.edu or by fax: 011-610-526-5249

Returning Students

As long as they are continually enrolled, international students are not required to re-submit a financial aid application annually. College grants and loans are automatically renewed. International students who have not attended Bryn Mawr for more than two semesters are required to submit a new financial aid application. Only international students who were awarded aid upon entrance to the College are eligible for college grant and loan support in subsequent years at Bryn Mawr.

For a list of scholarship funds and prizes that support the awards made, see the scholarship funds page. These funds are used to enhance Bryn Mawr’s need- based financial aid program. They are not awarded separately. For information on loan funds, see the loan funds page.