Whitman's comprehensive student budget includes tuition, student government fees, standard room (assuming double occupancy), board, and an amount for books and incidental expenses. 

The amount for books and incidental expenses is determined by surveying students every couple of years.  Many of the expenses that students incur at other colleges and universities such as charges for using the washers and dryers in the residence halls, concerts, lectures, plays etc., are covered by the student government fees and room charges.

A large percentage of Whitman's students receive some form of financial aid, thus reducing the overall costs of a Whitman education.

Summary of Charges for 2017-18

Tuition $49,390
ASWC (student association)  $390
Room and Board $12,524
Estimated Books and supplies $1,400
Total $63,704

Funds for a Computer

Students may request that the Office of Financial Aid Services increase their budget, generally for their first year, to allow for the purchase of a computer system, if the student does not already own one.  The maximum amount that will be allowed for such a purchase is $1500.  The increase will allow the student to borrow additional funds (if the maximum amount of loan has not already been applied to the student's financial aid), or if the student has been awarded scholarships from outside sources, to use outside scholarship towards the purchase of a computer system. The change in the budget will not increase the amount of Whitman scholarship awarded to the student.