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2017-18 Catalog

Billing, Payment, and Financial Aid

Financial Aid

For general information about financial aid and how to apply for financial aid, consult the Office of Financial Aid website at www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid. 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 Financial Aid 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. Bryn Mawr supported 71percent of the undergraduate students at the College with institutional grant aid during the 2016-17 academic year, awarding more than $31.8 million in grant aid.

Initial requests for financial aid are reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid and are assessed on the basis of the student and family’s demonstrated financial need. Students must reapply each year. Eligibility is re-established annually, assuming the student has maintained satisfactory progress toward the 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-time undergraduate 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 consideration including but not limited to academic coursework and performance, involvement in school and community, leadership qualities, 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 and permanent residents. Awards range from $12,000-$30,000 per year.

Scholarships are non-negotiable and only awarded at the time of admission. Merit scholarships are awarded for a maximum of eight se-mesters and renewable provided that the student is enrolled full time at Bryn Mawr.

In addition to the funds made available through College resources, Bryn Mawr participates in the following Federal Student Assistance Programs:

  • The Federal Direct 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 on the Office of Financial Aid web page at: www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid.

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 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.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to meet the deadline. The Bryn Mawr College federal code number is 003237. Parents and students are encouraged to import their data directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval (IRDT) tool.
  • Federal Tax Returns: Parents of dependent students and independent students and their spouse (if applicable) 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). Parents of dependent students and independent students and the their spouse (if applicable) 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 by the deadline. Note: Dependent students are only required to submit a signed copy of their complete federal income tax return or Student Non-Tax-Filer Form if they are selected for verification.
  • 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 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 and are not living together, 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 deadlineThe Bryn Mawr College federal code number is 003237. Parents and students are encouraged to import their income data directly from the Internal Revenue Servuce (IRS) to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval (IRDT) tool.
  • Federal Tax Returns: Parents of dependent students and independent students and their spouse (if applicable) 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). Parents of dependent students and independent students and their spouse (if applicable) 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 by the deadline.

Note: Parents and students who previously submitted their 2015 federal income tax returns and/or 2015 No-Tax-Filer Statements as part of their 2016-17 financial aid application are not required to resubmit these forms for 2017-2018.

Required Forms and Instructions for Students who are Not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents

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 and are not living together, submit the CSS Noncustodial Parent PROFILE. The Bryn Mawr College CSS code number is 2049.
  • International students from North Korea are not eligible to complete the PROFILE or Noncustodial PROFILE and should complete the International Student Financial Aid Application, available for download at: www.brynmawr.edu/financial-aid/forms-and-publications. Please fax: 610-526-5249, or email as a PDF: finaid@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, Financial Aid, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, by email: finaid@brynmawr.edu or by fax: 011-610-526-5249.

Returning Students

As long as they are continually enrolled students whose citizenship status is not U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident 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 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.