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Need-based financial aid at Whitman includes a mix of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study. Scholarship amounts can range up to $65,000+ per year. Total award amounts vary from student to student based on demonstrated financial need.

Learn more about the process of applying for need-based financial aid on our How to Apply for Financial Aid page.

"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

Need-Based Scholarships

Students with demonstrated financial need will be considered for the scholarships listed below. Whitman also offers achievement-based scholarships which 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.

Lomen-Douglas Scholarships

Students whose backgrounds and experiences will contribute to increasing socioeconomic and multicultural diversity awareness at Whitman are chosen to receive these scholarships. Lomen-Douglas scholarships are renewable for four years. Awards range from $2,000 to $60,000 depending on achievement and financial need.

Physical Plant Non-Traditional, Independent Student Scholarship

Whitman College's Physical Plant Services department raises money each year to provide a non-traditional student (e.g. a student who is older, married, or a parent) additional scholarship funds. Students selected for this award receive up to $5,000 of additional scholarship money.

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

Work study awards range up to $2500 per year. At Whitman, you will be able to earn this amount by working as little as six to eight hours per week.