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What is Work Study?

What is Work Study?

Olivia Gilbert, Feature Editor
February 2, 2017
Filed under FEATURE, Front Page Slideshow

Regardless of whether they receive work study or not, ask the average Whittie to define ‘work study,’ and chances are they will have a difficult time answering completely. While most know the term refers to financial aid, few know precisely how work study operates on campus and in students’ lives. Faith...

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Lachlan Johnson and Sarah Cornett
October 28, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Whitman’s endowment is strong, and has grown significantly in recent years. So why does the college continue to struggle to provide access to middle- and low-income students?

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Financial Aid’s History: How Whitman Continues to Privilege Wealthy Applicants

Sarah Cornett
October 28, 2015
Filed under NEWS

Under its current financial aid policies, Whitman can reject applicants based on their family’s lack of wealth. But this is a relatively recent shift. The college became “need-sensitive” for the first time in 2009, and from 1986 to 1991, it also meet 100 percent of students’ financial need.

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Financial aid cuts leave some students short

Lane Barton
September 17, 2015
Filed under NEWS

While Whitman's aid process works for most people, as evidenced by the relatively low average debt with which students leave, it does not work for all. Unusual family circumstances can result in students' aid being cut during their later years in college, when it is more difficult to transfer both emotionally and academically.

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Inside the financial aid machine

Inside the financial aid machine

Lachlan Johnson
November 13, 2014
Filed under NEWS, News Highlight

Financial aid was among the top concerns at the Board of Trustees' meeting this past week. National financial aid expert Sandy Baum presented to the board, faculty and select staff and students to help place Whitman's current challenges in a national context. Whitman ranked last on a list measuring socio-eco...

Whitman College Ranks Last in Economic Diversity

Emily Lin-Jones
September 11, 2014
Filed under NEWS

Whitman College was placed at the bottom of a statistical survey published on the New York Times website Monday which measured the economic diversity of 97 U.S. colleges. To be considered for the survey, colleges needed to have a graduation rate higher than 75 percent. The survey ranked college...

Tuition Increase Pressures Students’ Finances

Tuition Increase Pressures Students’ Finances

Lachlan Johnson
April 10, 2014
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The cost of tuition at Whitman for the 2014-2015 academic year will be raised $1,290 to $44,440, a 2.9 percent increase from last year. The total cost of tuition, room and board and the ASWC student fee for 2014-2015 will be $57,028. While this is the smallest increase in the last decade, this y...

Whitman’s Yearly Tuition Increase Lowest in Decade

Emily Lin-Jones
March 20, 2014
Filed under Breaking News, NEWS

The Board of Trustees have set tuition to $44,440 for the 2014-2015 academic year, a 2.9 percent increase from last year. Room and board costs and the Associated Students of Whitman College fee were also raised to $11,228 and $360 respectively, according to an email President George Bridges sent out...

International Students Find Challenges and Friendships at Whitman

International Students Find Challenges and Friendships at Whitman

Lachlan Johnson
November 8, 2012
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Coming to college means leaving one's family and friends, but for some students it means leaving one's culture, language and country behind as well. International students come to Whitman knowing they will be in a place where very few people share their background and experiences. Though nearly all international students end up staying at the college for...

Growing tuition outpaces family income

Growing tuition outpaces family income

Shelly Le
April 5, 2012
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight

Whitman College recently released its student fees for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Tuition for next year is set at $41,790, a four percent increase from last year's tuition. This is the lowest tuition increase the college has had since 2000. Despite this lower-than-average tuition increase, the growing...

Students unsure about new loan plan

Students unsure about new loan plan

Emily Lin-Jones
November 17, 2011
Filed under NEWS

President Obama's new plan to ease the burden of student loans may give some hope to eligible Whitman students and thousands of other indebted college students nationwide. The plan will go into effect in January 2012, lowering monthly payments and allowing students to consolidate their federal lo...

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