Need-based financial aid at Whitman includes a mix of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. Total award amounts vary from student to student based on demonstrated financial need.

Need-Based Scholarships

Students with demonstrated financial need will be considered for the scholarships listed below. Whitman also offers achievement-based scholarships that have varying award amounts depending upon a student's demonstrated need. See our  Merit and Talent Awards page for more details on those scholarships.

Whitman Need-Based Scholarships

Whitman's need-based scholarship awards range up to $60,000 per year and are renewable for four years.

“When we received your financial aid package and reviewed its contents, we couldn't believe it. It was more than we dreamed of...and [Christine’s] dream of attending Whitman College came true!”

– Mariah Van Winkle, parent of Christine Van Winkle-Shaw ’21

Federal and State Grants

If you are eligible for any federal and/or state grants, they will be included in your Whitman financial aid package. These grants include Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and for Washington residents, state need grants and College Bound Scholarships.


Your financial aid package may include a low-interest student loan.


Work-study awards range up to $3000 per year. At Whitman, you will be able to earn this amount by working as little as six to eight hours per week.