Tuition pays for considerably less than the true cost of a Whitman education, with the remainder provided by income from the college’s endowment and by gifts from alumni and other friends of the college. In effect, then, these revenue sources provide a partial scholarship to all students, regardless of whether they receive financial aid.

Whitman reserves the right to adjust its charges, though charges effective at the beginning of a semester will not be changed during that semester.

Summary of Charges

Charges for a two-semester year at Whitman, for a student living in a residence hall, are:

Tuition $45,770
ASWC (student association) $368
Board (Meal Plan C) $6,216
Room (standard rate) $5,348
Books and supplies (estimated) $1,400

Additional course fees, the cost of private music lessons, and personal expenses will vary from student to student. At Whitman and in the Walla Walla community, costs of social, recreational, and extracurricular activities tend to be relatively modest. The inclusive budget — that is, a typical budget for a student taking advantage of all customary types of college activity — is about $58,734 a year.

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  • Payment of Charges

    Charges for a two-semester year at Whitman, for a student living in a residence hall, are:

  • Tuition

    Regular full tuition charges will be applied to all students unless they are auditing classes or have been granted special student status by the Dean of Students.

  • Resident Meal Plan Options

    Whitman College has contracted with Bon Appétit to oversee campus food service. Bon Appétit’s staff, including an executive chef, serve healthy high-quality food and beverages in a warm, friendly environment. Students may make changes to their meal plans until the first Friday after classes start each semester...

  • Room

    Due to the nature of our residential college, all single undergraduate students who are under 21 years of age at the start of each semester or have not yet lived on campus for four semesters are required to live on campus.

  • Deposits and Application Fees

    Application Fee, Enrollment Deposit, Health Center Fees, Associated Student Government Fee...

  • Institutional Refund Policy

    Refunds will be awarded only in the case of approved withdrawals (described in the Academics, Withdrawals section of the catalog) from the college.

  • Federal Student Aid Refund Policy

    To determine the amount of funds that must be refunded to federal student aid programs, the institution must determine the percentage of time the student has been in attendance during the semester. The maximum amount of time a student may attend classes and have funds returned to any of the federal programs is 60 percent.