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The FSR will make Whitman “a place like any other”

Angel Baikakedi, Columnist February 18, 2021

On Feb. 2, 2021, President Murray sent a preliminary Financial Sustainability Review (FSR) to the Whitman community. Since then, there has been a continuous conversation surrounding these reports and their...

Reducing uncertainty on cost: Whitman finalizes early financial aid guarantee

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter October 8, 2020

After a year as a pilot program, Whitman’s early financial aid guarantee is now finalized. The free program allows prospective students to learn how much financial aid they would receive from Whitman...

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...

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Students lose jobs in wake of coronavirus pandemic

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...

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...

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What is Work Study?

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...

Board Editorial: Corporate Language Betrays Whitman’s Purpose

November 5, 2015
This institution is being run like a business, not a college.
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.
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Inside the financial aid machine

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...

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,...

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