International Applicant Financial Aid
Whitman College provides a comprehensive, diversified financial aid program — including scholarships, grants, employment opportunities and loans — to assist in financing a college education. Need-based scholarships for international students are calculated based on the student's demonstrated financial need and are renewable for four years. Whitman will meet 100% of demonstrated need for international students who are offered admission.
For new first-year international students who qualify for need-based financial aid, Whitman College will cover the full cost of a one-way flight to Walla Walla, including applicable taxes. Flights will be booked through a travel agent identified by Whitman’s Admission Office. While the students’ preferences regarding airline, flight timing, and other details will be considered, in order to ensure flights are booked in a cost-effective manner and arrive in time for international orientation, it is possible not all preferences will be accommodated.
Students and families who are applying for need-based financial aid must submit the Whitman International Student Financial Aid Application (WISFAA). This is an international financial aid application for students seeking need-based financial aid.
For new first-year international students who indicate on the Whitman International Student Financial Aid Application (WISFAA) that their contribution for Year 1 at Whitman is $1,000 or less, Whitman College will cover the full cost of the SEVIS fee. The fee will be paid on the student’s behalf by Whitman’s Director of International Student and Scholar Services.
In some cases, merit-based scholarships are available to international students who do not demonstrate any financial need. No additional materials are required to qualify. All international students may also apply for scholarships in music, art, debate or theatre. Separate applications for these scholarships will be available once your Common Application has been submitted to Whitman. Please take care to check individual deadlines and requirements, as they differ between scholarships.
International students have the opportunity to work on campus up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and up to 40 hours per week during holidays and breaks. The Career and Community Engagement Center is an excellent resource in securing these opportunities.
Whitman is highly need-aware for international students. Fewer than 5% of international students who will require full financial support to attend Whitman and who do not have an additional source of funding (such as the Davis United World College scholarship) are offered admission.