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Whitman’s mid-cycle evaluation

Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 26, 2020

To maintain its status as an accredited institution, Whitman is currently undergoing its mid-cycle evaluation. This accreditation is a marker of the quality of higher education institutions.  Kendra Golden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Biology, also serves as Wh...

Students lose jobs in wake of coronavirus pandemic

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Rosa Woolsey, News Reporter

April 9, 2020

Whitman’s decision to move to an online distance-learning system due to the coronavirus outbreak has left some student employees out of work and financially insecure. Director of Human Resources Telara McCullough sent out an email on March 26, 2020 regarding student workers and supervisors. Student work ...

What Happens after Divestment?

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2018

In the midst of Divest Whitman’s yearly campaign to remove fiscal investments in the fossil fuel industry, concerns have arisen recently about where the money to fully divest would come from; one potential source being financial aid packages. Divest Whitman is a student-run organization that strives for a ...

What is Work Study?

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Olivia Gilbert, Feature Editor

February 2, 2017

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

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?

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

Sarah Cornett

October 28, 2015

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.

Financial aid cuts leave some students short

Lane Barton

September 17, 2015

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.

Inside the financial aid machine

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Lachlan Johnson

November 13, 2014

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

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

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Lachlan Johnson

April 10, 2014

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

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...

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