Know now, stress less!

When it comes to choosing a college, we know that cost plays a big role. At Whitman College, we're committed to making the financial aid process easier and less confusing. We'll be as transparent as possible to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

That's why we're offering  Whitman’s Early Financial Aid Guarantee—so you don't have to wait until you are admitted to start thinking about cost. In fact, you can find out before you even apply!

Whitman’s innovative approach to financial aid was even featured in The New York Times!

With this early guarantee, you can see how much money in scholarships and financial aid you’ll be awarded from Whitman if you are admitted. 

We’re happy to give you and your family extra time to see if Whitman works for you. 

What You’ll Need to Provide

If you're a high school senior, you can request an Early Financial Aid Guarantee. The WISFAA form can be submitted by international students at any time before their chosen deadline. We'll use this information to calculate the scholarships, grants, loans and work-study for which you qualify.

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Merit-Based Aid

To find out what you could receive in merit or achievement scholarships, please provide:

  • An unofficial copy of your high school transcript
  • Your senior year academic schedule
  • SAT/ACT scores (optional)

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Need-Based Aid

If you are a U.S. citizen and wish to be considered for federal need-based aid, you must complete the FAFSA. To be considered for Whitman need-based aid, you must also complete the  CSS Profile.

If you are an international student and wish to be considered for need-based aid, you'll need to fill out the Whitman International Student Financial Aid Application.

Early Financial Aid Guarantees are available for high school seniors, from July 1 through Dec. 15, 2021. 

You can currently request a preview of your merit-based aid, but need-based Early Financial Aid Guarantees are not available until Oct. 1. At that time, you'll need to submit all required forms to receive your full Early Financial Aid Guarantee. 

Submit a Request

After Dec. 15, guarantees may still be available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Office of Admission at 509-527-5176 or

Remember: You still need to apply to Whitman!

See application deadlines and connect with our Admission team.

Not a senior, but need an idea about what college might cost? You can use our Net Price Calculator to get a general idea about financial aid.