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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. Each year Whitman offers an all-expenses-paid campus visit to approximately 85 qualified students through our Visit Scholarship Program. If you know of students who might benefit from the program, we would like you to recommend them to us. The Visit Scholarship Application is available online. After reviewing some basic academic information, we will select the most competitive candidates. This year, the visit will be November 3-5.

Additionally, Whitman has a generous scholarship program. Students who visit us through the Visit Scholarship Program will be considered for need-based scholarships with awards of up to $60,000 per year. Ideal candidates are students who would be first-generation college students, students from multicultural backgrounds, and/or students who have been active in issues regarding multicultural identities and communities.

Thank you for your partnership in identifying students with these interests who will be Whitman's future success stories. We look forward to working with both you and the students you counsel during their college search!

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.

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 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.