Studying Off Campus

The short answer is yes, assuming that you study on an Off-Campus Studies (OCS) program which is designated as a “partner” program. A listing of current partner programs can be found on the OCS. However, starting with the 2013-14 school year, Whitman will be making some significant changes in its programming in order to better serve study abroad students and to continue to maintain access to off-campus studies regardless of financial need. As a result, your financial aid eligibility will be calculated differently depending on when you will study off-campus.

For students who plan to study off campus before Fall 2013:

Partner programs charge Whitman for your tuition and related program fees, so you will pay or your financial aid will be credited against those charges. Most often, room and board plus all of your additional expenses are paid by you, the student. If you have credit on your student account at Whitman, you may request that those funds be sent either to you or to your parents so you may use them as needed.

If you will be studying abroad and the cost of your program is less than Whitman's comprehensive budget for the time you will be abroad, and you receive need-based financial aid from Whitman or through the federal government, your aid will be pro-rated based upon your adjusted need. The amount of your aid would be adjusted accordingly, and you would generally receive the same percentage of gift aid (scholarships, grants) against need as you would on campus. In some instances, if you are receiving merit-based scholarship which exceeds your demonstrated need, you would not receive need-based scholarship for the semester abroad.

For students whose off-campus program costs exceed Whitman's comprehensive budget, there will be no adjustment of aid. The college will not provide additional scholarship for the more expensive program. It is up to the student and his or her family to provide the additional resources or borrow loan to cover the program costs.

Students who choose to study through a non-partner program which is approved by the college, and who are receiving federal or state student aid funds, may request that the financial aid office complete a Consortium Agreement with the program institution, so that the student may continue to receive those federal or state aid funds for the time they are studying abroad. No Whitman scholarship funds may be used for Approved programs.

For students who plan to study off campus Fall 2013 or later:

When studying off-campus on a partner program, fees for participation on all OCS semester and yearlong programs will be based on Whitman tuition (in lieu of the program’s tuition), plus the actual program room and board fees. Out-of-pocket expenses such as airfare, books, etc., will also be considered when determining your eligibility for federal, state, or Whitman aid.

If you will be studying abroad and the cost of your program is less than Whitman's comprehensive budget for the time you will be abroad, and you receive need-based financial aid from Whitman or through the federal government, your aid will be pro-rated based upon your adjusted need. The amount of your aid would be adjusted downward accordingly, although you would generally receive the same percentage of gift aid (scholarships, grants) against need as you would on campus. In some instances, if you are receiving merit-based scholarship which exceeds your demonstrated need, you would not receive need-based scholarship for the semester abroad.

Likewise, if your partner program’s total costs exceed the cost of a semester at Whitman, your need-based aid will increase for the time you study off-campus, with your percentage of gift aid against your need remaining the same.