Applying for Financial Aid

Whitman College awards a substantial amount of scholarship and uses financial need as the primary consideration in awarding aid. Our cost should not deter a student from applying to the College.

Merit-based aid is awarded to about 25-30% of first year applicants. If you are only interested in applying for achievement-based (merit) scholarships, you do not need to submit either need-based application form to be considered for this. The Office of Admission will automatically let you know if you have been selected as a recipient of an achievement scholarship.


Early Decision 1* Nov 15 Jan 5
Early Decision 2* Jan 5 Jan 5
Regular Decision Feb 1 Feb 1
Fall Transfers March 1 March 1
Spring Transfers Nov 15 Nov 15
Current Students April 15 April 15

*International students requesting financial aid cannot apply Early Decision.

CSS Profile

The CSS Profile is the most important application students need to submit to apply for Whitman need-based scholarship. Whitman's code for Profile is 4951.

Please pay close attention to the deadline for submitting your CSS Profile. If you are a new or prospective student and your forms are submitted late, you may be placed on a wait list for need-based scholarship. If you are a current student and your forms are submitted late, your need-based scholarship may be reduced.

However, if you are considered an independent student for financial aid purposes, the CSS Profile is not required. You will only need to complete the FAFSA.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the second form that needs to be completed. You cannot complete this form until after January 1. Students who are applying Early Decision in November must wait until January 1 to complete this form.

Whitman's code for the FAFSA is 003803. If your FAFSA is selected for Verification, we will require some additional documentation.

Federal Tax Returns

If your family is self-employed or receives income from sources other than wages, we may require copies of federal income tax returns. You will be notified if tax returns are needed for us to process your application.

It is important that we receive a complete copy so please include all schedules, business/corporate returns, K-1 and W-2 forms. If a tax extension has been filed, we will need a copy of that extension form by May 1.

Tips for Completing Financial Aid Forms

Verification Requirements

Independent Student Definition