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Tuition, room and board: Student refunds?

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Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2020

Whitman College's move to online distance-learning has prompted many students to return home and compromised planned coursework. The way that the college is operating this semester has raised questions as to whether or not Whitman intends to refund room and board costs or a portion of student tuition...

Pressing $50,000

Andrew Schwartz, News Editor

April 20, 2017

The rise of tuition far beyond that of inflation is a well documented phenomena in higher education. But what accounts for these shifts at Whitman in particular?

Whitman changes pay-by-credit policy

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter

February 23, 2017

Whitman college faculty recently voted to decrease the maximum credits allowed in the college’s pay by credit policy. This change will go into effect next year. Currently, second semester seniors who petition to pay by credit can take up to eight credits. With the new policy change, the maximum decre...

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.

Show me the money: an examination of Whitman’s finances

Lachlan Johnson

October 9, 2014

As the Now Is the Time campaign approaches its conclusion, the sun is setting on one financial era of the college. President Bridges came to the college in 2005  with the intent of strengthening the college's financial position and increasing the endowment. While the last fifteen years saw a huge increase...

College Walks Thin Line Balancing Tuition, Salaries

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Lachlan Johnson

September 11, 2014

In the face of an increasingly grim financial situation for the American middle class, Whitman College tries to walk a narrow line between satisfying its students on the one hand and its faculty and administrators on the other. The college has raised tuition dramatically over the past decade to maintain...

Tuition Increase Pressures Students’ Finances

graphic by Julie Peterson

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 Sets Lowest Tuition Increase in a Decade

Emily Lin-Jones

April 11, 2013

Whitman recently sent out letters to parents, announcing that tuition is set for $43,150 for the 2013-2014 academic year. This marks an increase of 3.25 percent, the lowest increase in the past decade, down from last year's increase of 4 percent. This increase is consistent with tuition increases...

Tuition Raise, Renovations, Student Representation Discussed at Latest Trustee Meeting

Rachel Alexander

February 14, 2013

Whitman's Board of Trustees approved the college's proposed budget during their meeting last week, as well as plans for renovating Baker Faculty Center, Memorial and the outdoor tennis courts. Representatives from ASWC also met with members of the Board of Trustees to discuss the possibility of having...

ASWC Fee Raised $14 For 2013-14 Academic Year

ASWC Senate meeting, Feb. 10.  From left: Leann Adams, Tim Reed '15, Marcial Diaz Mejia '13, President Kayvon Behroozian '14, and Sam Sadeghi '13.

Lachlan Johnson

February 10, 2013

The ASWC Senate voted on Sunday, February 10th to raise the ASWC student fee an additional $14 for the academic year of 2013-14. The fee, now $350 per student, was raised to adjust for inflation and an expected decrease in student body size, as well as provide more funding for club sports and allow...

Off-campus studies to add programs, change tuition model for class of 2015

Illustration: Emily Johnson

Emily Lin-Jones

February 9, 2012

Change is coming to Whitman's Off-Campus Studies program, at least where the class of 2015 is concerned. The new model, which is to be implemented in the 2013 fall semester, will expand the college's list of partner programs and charge Whitman tuition for all offered programs. "We realized tha...

Whitman tuition increases, but near Panel of 14 average

Derek Thurber

May 5, 2011

This article was updated at 9:04 p.m. on Sunday May 8, 2011 This article was co-authored by Rachel Alexander. Since the seniors graduating on May 22 first came to Whitman in 2007, the annual cost of attending Whitman has continued to increase steadily. Over the past four years, tuition has incr...

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