Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Elissa Brown
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Whitman College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Elissa Brown
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability, Physical Plant Services
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
94

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
59.30

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
34

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
87.10

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

All students who apply for admission to Whitman will be considered for need-based scholarships if they submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile by the stated deadlines. All applicants will also be considered for several merit-based scholarships, as outlined below in the Whitman Achievement-based Scholarships section. Additionally, students may apply specifically for consideration for the Campbell and Higley Music Scholarships or for the President's Scholarships in art, debate or theatre through processes described in the Whitman Achievement-based Scholarships section.

The institution has a wide range of need based financial aid. In total Whitman College allocates around $36,000,000 annually toward scholarships.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

One of the programs we have is called the Gateway Program. We work with our local community college to bring in 2-3 students that are usually independent and we meet their need until they are able to complete their degree.

The annual Whitman College Physical Plant Yard Sale sells items collected throughout the year to community members for very reasonable prices. All proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for non-traditional students. https://www.union-bulletin.com/local_columnists/sale-marks-years-of-supporting-non-traditional-students/article_d57f685c-cc2e-11e9-9ae6-cba7778907e6.html


Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
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