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In September 2020, Whitman College announced the Whitman Tuition Commitment.

“We want to help make a Whitman education a reality for hardworking students—regardless of family income,” says Director of Admission Adam Miller. “That’s not new. But what is new is we’re stepping up in challenging times to give extra financial support to students who live in Washington state.”

What is the Whitman Tuition Commitment? It means if an applicant’s family earns less than $80,000 a year, Whitman will guarantee their full tuition will be covered by scholarships and grants if they’re admitted.

“We know paying for college can be a major strain on families, and we’re happy to provide our talented students with generous financial aid awards, based on their unique needs,” Miller says.

Innovating Financial Aid

Making financial aid both more transparent and accessible has helped Whitman stand out nationally among colleges and universities.

In September 2020, a New York Times article featured the college’s unique approach to early looks at financial aid awards. Whitman’s Early Financial Aid Guarantee allows high school seniors to see how much money in scholarships and aid they’ll be awarded from Whitman—even before they apply. “We’ve been historically opaque, and we wanted to change that,” says Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jensen.