Applying for Need-Based Aid

You will be considered for need-based financial aid if you apply for admission to Whitman and you submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the stated deadlines. If you are an independent student you will only be required to complete the FAFSA.

The Financial Aid offices uses the results from the FAFSA and CSS Profile to determine a student's expected family contribution and their total need amount. Whitman creates financial aid packages for students based on these results.

You will considered to have demonstrated need if your expected family contribution is less than Whitman's total cost of attendance. Your expected family contribution amount includes a parent contribution from income and assets, your summer earnings contribution, and a contribution from your assets, if any, plus any other personal resources you may have. The summer earnings expectation for students is $1,900 for freshman and increases by $100 each year.

If your parents own a business, are self-employed, or receive income from sources other than wages, we may require tax returns. The Financial Aid Office will request these from you if necessary.

Need-Based Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded only to students with demonstrated financial need. Whitman offers additional scholarships that are granted based on achievement, but have varying award amounts depending upon demonstrated need. See our Merit Awards page for more details on those scholarships.

Lomen-Douglas Scholarships

Students whose backgrounds and experiences demonstrate the ability to contribute to increasing socioeconomic and multicultural diversity awareness at Whitman are chosen to receive these scholarships. Lomen-Douglas scholarships are renewable for four years, range from $2,000 to $60,000 and vary 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 (i.e. an older, perhaps married, parent or student who is coming to Whitman under special circumstances) additional scholarship funds. Students selected receive and additional scholarship, up to $5,000, that will help them meet their educational costs while attending Whitman.

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 Grant, and for Washington residents, the State Need Grant and College Bound Scholarships.