Financial Aid

Whitman College does offer scholarships to international students. Competition for these scholarships is very keen. In a typical year we offer approximately 20 scholarships from a pool of approximately 300 international applicants. Scholarships are awarded to the top applicants based upon their academic and extra-curricular achievements in secondary school and on their financial need. We do not regularly offer international scholarships to transfer students.

The Whitman Admission Committee is need-aware when evaluating international applications. This means that we consider the CSS Profile when we review your application for admission. This does not mean, however, that we do not admit students with high financial need. In fact, the average financial aid package is quite generous. As most admitted international students have high need, and Whitman international scholarship funds are not unlimited, we must review financial aid information at the same time that we review your application for admission

Financial aid money is only available for students applying to begin at Whitman for the fall semester using the Regular Decision process. First-year and Early Decision international applicants are only allowed to apply early or for the spring term if they are not applying for financial aid. If you are applying for financial aid, you must apply for admission for the fall term.

Once a student is selected to receive a scholarship the actual amount awarded will vary depending upon the student's financial need. For the 2010 - 2011 school year international student scholarship awards ranged between US$2,500 and US$45,000. The full cost of attending Whitman for the 2010 - 2011 school-year is approximately US$49,890 for international students. This includes tuition, fees, room, board, health insurance, and a US$1,400 estimate for books and supplies. The awards are renewable for four years of study, and will increase slightly each year as the cost of tuition changes. Students and families who are applying for financial aid must fill out the CSS Profile. Whitman's code for the Profile is 4951. You and your family should consider the larger picture of all four years of study in the United States, including transportation costs. Our budget for international student aid is limited and our ability to increase your scholarship other than to cover the increase in tuition each year is extremely limited. Travel costs are not covered by financial aid.

Most international students work on-campus while attending school. Under U.S. law you can work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and up to 40 hours per week during holidays and breaks. About half of our international students remain on campus during the summer to work and earn the funds necessary to help pay for their education. During the school year you can earn approximately US$2,500 and an additional US$4,000 during the summer.