A student who fails to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards for two consecutive semesters may appeal to the Committee on Academic Standing for permission to continue for an additional semester of academic probation and for a semester of financial aid probation. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Committee on Academic Standing. The reasons a student may appeal to continue to receive financial aid include a student’s injury or illness, the death of a relative, or other special circumstance.

If the Academic Standing Committee approves the appeal, the Office of Financial Aid will notify the student that she is eligible for a financial aid probation semester. While on financial aid probation, students will be required to meet regularly with their dean and the student’s instructors will be asked to submit mid- semester reports regarding academic work. At the end of the financial aid probation period, the Committee on Academic Standing will determine if the student has met specified standards and/or regained good academic standing.

Students who study as guest students at another U.S. institution are not eligible for Bryn Mawr Grant during their domestic abroad semester, but may be eligible for federal grants and loans if certain conditions are met.

To be eligible for federal funds, domestic abroad students must be in good academic standing at Bryn Mawr during the term immediately prior to study away. The student’s academic dean must approve participation in the program and confirm that the courses taken will count toward the student’s Bryn Mawr degree in accordance with the College’s transfer credit policies.

Domestic Abroad students must provide the Office of Financial Aid with the address of the visiting school so that the College can partner with that institution to process federal loans and grants via a Consortium Agreement. A Consortium Agreement verifies the students’ costs and enrollment at a visiting school provided the courses taken will count toward a degree at Bryn Mawr.

When an undergraduate student fails to meet one or more of the satisfactory academic progress standards, the Committee on Academic Standing will place her on academic probation. The first time a student is placed on academic probation, the Office of Financial Aid will send the student a financial aid warning for one academic semester. Students with a status of financial aid warning are still eligible to receive financial aid.

If after the financial aid warning period, the Committee on Academic Standing does not deem the student to be maintaining satisfactory academic progress, the student will become ineligible to receive financial assistance. The Office of Financial Aid will notify the student that she is no longer eligible to receive federal and institutional financial aid.

Only students who are approved to study abroad by the Foreign Studies Committee, may receive financial aid funding for Junior Year Abroad (JYA) programs. To receive funds, students must follow the instructions required to renew their financial aid at Bryn Mawr. For detailed program information visit: /studyabroad/students.html

Bryn Mawr Grant Awards will normally be offered to students for eight semesters only. A student may appeal for a ninth semester of Bryn Mawr grant if there is a mitigating reason, such as a medical leave of absence.

Bryn Mawr determines the expected parent contribution through a need-analysis formula applied to the information submitted on the FAFSA, the CSS PROFILE, the Noncustodial PROFILE and the federal tax returns. The need-analysis system considers the family's income, assets, living costs based on the size of the family, number of children in college and other information specific to the family situation.

A standard allowance for living expenses, based on the size of the family, is used in determining financial aid eligibility. Since families maintain different standards of living, the use of a standard allowance ensures that aid is distributed equitably among applicants. Differences in family circumstances and unusual necessary expenses, such as very high uninsured medical bills, may be considered. Siblings in graduate school and parents in college are not considered.

The parent contribution measures a family's ability to absorb educational costs over time. Most families will use a combination of current income, savings, educational loans and a payment plan to meet the family contribution. Descriptions of these programs are available in this handbook, and in other materials mailed to admitted students.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for the continuation of federal and institutional financial aid is monitored for undergraduates per semester by the Committee on Academic Standing. 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Undergraduates

Students can view their most current financial aid application and award information on the Web through BIONIC at http://bionic.brynmawr.edu. By using their Bryn Mawr College user ID and password, students can access the Student Center and their Financial Aid “To Do List” to check their awards.

  • Students may accept or decline their grants online.
  • Students may accept, decline, or reduce their loans online.
  • Federal Work Study awards are not credited to student accounts and cannot be accepted online.
  • To decline a work study award, a student must send written notice to the Office of Financial Aid or an e-mail to finaid@brynmawr.edu

Assuming a student remains eligible for financial assistance and her academic work satisfies at least the minimum standards, she may receive aid in her remaining years at Bryn Mawr. Awards are not automatically renewed; a student must reapply each year as the financial aid award must reflect any change in family circumstance.

The most significant changes in a financial aid award occur when:

  • student or parent income has increased or decreased
  • family size has changed from one year to the next
  • change occurs in the number of children in the family who are attending college 
  • self-help expectations (the amount earned through campus employment and the amount of federal loan expected) increase each year.

Bryn Mawr grants are awarded for a maximum of eight semesters.

A student’s eligibility for need-based aid is the difference between the total cost of education and the expected family contribution.

Cost of Education—Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Need

For purposes of federal aid only, Bryn Mawr College will consider students independent who meet the federal criteria. To determine if the student meets the federal definition of independent status, go to www.fafsa.gov and complete the Dependency Status Worksheet.

For purposes of Bryn Mawr’s institutional grant, if a student receives aid as a dependent of her parents in her first award year, she will be considered a dependent for all subsequent years at Bryn Mawr. For purposes of institutional support, this status will not change, regardless of family relationships or a change in family relationships once the student has entered college.

If a student believes she qualifies for aid as an independent student, she should write a letter addressed to the Director of Financial Aid.

Bryn Mawr College believes that the student and her family have the primary responsibility for financing the cost of education. Financial aid is intended to supplement the resources of the family to meet the expenses of a Bryn Mawr education and is administered on the basis of demonstrated eligibility.

Students must report outside assistance, including employer tuition benefits, to the Office of Financial Aid, so the additional assistance can be incorporated into their Bryn Mawr aid eligibility.

Grant Adjustments: Since Bryn Mawr meets full demonstrated need, any additional grant or scholarship aid the student receives will replace a portion of the Bryn Mawr award. 

Please note that College policy requires grants, tuition benefits and entitlements to replace an equal amount of Bryn Mawr Grant.

Awards for undergraduates may be revised or canceled if a student withdraws; enrolls less than full-time; changes housing status; has a change in family circumstances; provides information on the FAFSA that differs from other documents received; or receives outside assistance.

Students who enroll less than full-time must report all enrollment changes to the Office of Financial Aid each term.

Students who do not live on campus must notify the Office of Financial Aid of their housing status and provide their off-campus living expenses. If documented off-campus living expenses are lower than on-campus costs, the student’s cost of attendance will be adjusted downward and her aid adjusted accordingly. The College does not offer institutional grants for living expenses that exceed the cost of living on campus.


Satisfactory Academic Progress for the continuation of federal and institutional financial aid is monitored per semester by the Committee on Academic Standing.  Undergraduate students who fail to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards are notified by the Dean's Office.  Undergraduate financial aid recipients who fail to meet the satisfactory academic progress standards also receive notification from the Office of Financial Aid.  The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Undergraduates can be found on the Dean's webpage: /deans/special_arrangemts/acad_prob_req_wd.shtml

The cost of education at Bryn Mawr includes not only the billed costs of tuition, fees, room and board, but also an estimated allowance for personal expenses, books and supplies ($2,000), and travel subsidy. While these costs are high, the tuition and fees cover only 50 percent of the actual cost of education. Gifts from alumnae and friends, income from the college endowment and income from the current operating budget cover the balance of the costs.

Bryn Mawr College is firmly committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all members of its faculty, staff and student body. Bryn Mawr College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age or disability in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other College administered programs, or in its employment practices.

In conformity with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, it is also the policy of Bryn Mawr College not to discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities or employment practices. The admission of only women in the Undergraduate College is in conformity with a provision of the Civil Rights Act. The provision of Title IX protects students and employees from all forms of illegal sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, in College programs and activities.

Inquiries regarding compliance with this legislation and other policies regarding nondiscrimination may be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer (eoo@brynmawr.edu) or the Title IX Coordinator (titleix_coordinator@brynmawr.edu), who administer the College’s procedures.

Financial Aid Code of Conduct:

  • The College will not participate in any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender.
  • Officers, employees or agents of the College who are employed in the Office of FInancial Aid or who otherwise have responsibilities with respect to education loans will not solicit or accept any gift (other than those of de minimus value) from any lender, guarantor or servicer of educational loans.
  • Officers, employees or agents of the College who are employed in the Office of Financial Aid or who otherwise have responsibilities with respect to education loans will not accept any fee, payment or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) from any lender or affiliate of any lender as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.
  • The College will only assign a first-time borrower’s federal loan to the Federal Government as the lender. The College will be the lender for all Perkins Loans and International Student Loans.
  • The College will not assign a student’s private loan to a particular lender, or refuse to certify or otherwise deny or delay certification of any private loan based on the borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guarantor.
  • The College will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds for private education loans to students, including funds for an opportunity loan pool, in exchange for the College providing the lender with a specified number or volume of Title IV loans or a preferred lender arrangement with respect to such loans.
  • The College will not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center or Office of Financial Aid staffing.
  • Officers, employees or agents of the College who are employed in the Office of Financial Aid or who otherwise have responsibilities with respect to education loans, and who serve on any advisory board, commission or group established by any lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, will not accept anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, except for reasonable reimbursement of expenses incurred in serving on such an advisory board, commission or group.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students have the right to know:

  • Office of Financial Aid location, hours and counseling procedures.
  • The financial aid programs available at Bryn Mawr College.
  • The application procedures and deadlines.
  • The criteria for selecting financial aid recipients.
  • The criteria for determining need.
  • The method for determining the amounts and types of awards.
  • The costs that were considered in determining eligibility for aid.
  • The method and timing of financial aid payments.
  • The basis for determining satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving financial aid and what happens when progress
    is not made.
  • The portion of aid that must be repaid, the portion that is grant, and the portion that must be earned through employment.
  • If offered a Federal Work Study award, the nature of the job, the required number of work hours, job duties, the pay, and the method and timing of payments.
  • Financial aid applications are confidential. Information concerning financial aid applicants will be released only to agencies that require
    the information for scholarship considerations and only when authorized by the student.

Students are responsible for:

  • Completing all application forms accurately and submitting them on time to the appropriate place.
  • Providing all documentation, verification, corrections and/or other scholarship information requested by the Office of Financial Aid or other scholarship agencies.
  • Reporting enrollment changes to the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Reading and understanding all forms that are distributed and retain copies.
  • Performing the work that is agreed upon if a work-study position is offered and accepted.
  • Reporting name and address changes directly to the Registrar and lenders of all educational loans received.
  • When filing U.S. taxes, include as taxable income all grant aid that exceeds the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies.