This sample financial aid award letter will help familiarize you with information you may expect to see on your financial aid award letter from Whitman. See the key below for a detailed description of the award types and award letter terms.

Both the award amounts and the types of awards you will receive will differ depending on your financial circumstances and the types of merit aid you are awarded.

Please contact us by email or by phone (509-527-5178) if you have any questions about your financial aid award.

Sample Financial Aid award

Key

Award Types

  1. The Brattain, Anderson, Penrose, and Douglas Scholarships are merit-based aid from Whitman College. The award amounts for these scholarships that are shown on your initial financial aid award letter are a guaranteed minimum annual amount for all four years, provided you make satisfactory academic progress toward your degree.
  2. The Whitman Need-Based Scholarship and Lomen-Douglas Scholarship are need-based scholarship funds, awarded to you based on your financial need as determined by the CSS Profile. You need to complete the CSS Profile each year to maintain your eligibility for these funds, and the amount of scholarship you receive each year could change if your financial circumstances change.
  3. The College Bound scholarship is a grant from Washington state, based on your financial need as determined by the FAFSA (if you are a DACA student or undocumented student with Washington state residency, you may receive the state need grant based on your financial need as determined by the WASFA). You must complete the FAFSA or WASFA annually to maintain your eligibility for the College Bound Scholarship, and the amount of CBS you receive could change if your financial circumstances change. The CBS is gift aid, meaning that you do not need to pay it back.
  4. The Pell grant is a grant from the federal government, based on your financial need as determined by the FAFSA. You must complete the FAFSA annually to maintain your eligibility for the Pell grant, and the amount of Pell you receive could change if your financial circumstances change. The Pell grant is gift aid, meaning that you do not need to pay it back.
  5. The Direct Subsidized Loan and Direct Unsubsidized Loan are federal government loans that must be repaid upon graduation.
  6. Work Study is an annual work stipend that you earn throughout the year to help cover educational expenses. A work study award on your financial aid letter gives you priority consideration in the hiring process for on-campus jobs. Most students can earn $2,500 by working 6-8 hours a week during the academic year.

Award Terms

  1. Your financial aid award is aid that you have been offered from Whitman College. Some forms of aid, like loans, you may accept or reject.
  2. Your award total is the combined amount of all financial aid offered to you.
  3. The estimated cost of attendance is a comprehensive breakdown of the cost of a year of enrollment at Whitman. Some components of this estimated cost of attendance, like books and travel, are estimates.
  4. The expected family contribution is the amount that your family needs to contribute toward your education, and is based on the information you provided on the CSS Profile. This section also specifies how much of this expected family contribution was determined using parental information (parent contribution) and how much of this expected family contribution was determined using student information (student contribution). All students will have a contribution of at least $1900 as incoming first-year students, based on our summer earnings expectation.

Additional Information

  • If you are a resident of Washington state and qualify for need-based aid based on your FAFSA, you may be awarded a Washington State Need Grant (if you are a DACA student or undocumented student with Washington state residency, you may receive the state need grant based on your financial need as determined by the WASFA). You must complete the FAFSA or WASFA annually to maintain your eligibility for the State need Grant, and the amount of SNG you receive could change if your financial circumstances change. The SNG is gift aid, meaning that you do not need to pay it back.
  • The total cost of attendance less the award total will tell you your family’s net cost for a year at Whitman.
  • Your expected family contribution may be different than your net cost. The net cost may be covered by a combination of many different resources, including your family contribution, outside scholarships, or a parent PLUS loan.