Financial Aid

Financial Aid Staff

Department Address: 300 West Hawthorne Road Spokane, WA 99251

Department Phone: 509.777.3215 (Spokane) 800.533.4668 (toll-free)

Department Fax: 509.777.4601


All staff have undergraduate caseloads assigned by last names. The alphabet distribution is indicated as well as specific student populations.

Sarah Austin A-D

ACT SIX Students

Assistant Director
Office Phone: 509.777.4306

Rocco Stefano E-J

Transfer & Graduate Students

Financial Aid Counselor
Office Phone: 509.777.4378
Traci Spoon Stensland K-L
Office Phone: 509.777.4335

David Barnes M-O

International & Continuing Studies Students

Senior Associate Director
Office Phone: 509.777.4309
Lori Johnson P-V
Assistant Director
Office Phone: 509.777.4234
John Breneman W-Z
Associate Director
Office Phone: 509.777.4836

Jennifer Keen

Scholarship Coordinator
Office Phone: 509.777.4545
Ann Penfield
Program Assistant
Office Phone: 509.777.3363

Whitworth University Financial Aid Office Mission Statement

The mission of the financial aid office at Whitworth University is to serve our students and their families, acknowledging their individuality and uniqueness.

We will provide an environment that is welcoming, accommodating and professional.

Our role in the community will be to educate and provide guidance, support, and encouragement for those individuals interested in the financial aid process.

We will perform our duties with a high degree of integrity, expertise, enthusiasm and professionalism.

We will be good stewards of all resources available to us, in order to enable our students to achieve their educational goals.

We support the overall mission of Whitworth University, acknowledging God's presence in our lives.


Our Code of Conduct

The HEOA adds to the PPA a requirement that an institution participating in a Title IV loan program must develop, publish, administer and enforce a code of conduct. Whitworth University adheres to this code as it applies to the officers, employees and agents of the institution:

  • A ban on revenue-sharing arrangements with any lender.

    Note: The HEOA defines a "revenue-sharing arrangement" as any arrangement between an institution and a lender under which the lender makes Title IV loans to students attending the institution (or to the families of those students), the institution recommends the lender or the loan products of the lender, and, in exchange, the lender pays a fee or provides other material benefits, including revenue or profit-sharing, to the institution or to its officers, employees, or agents;

  • A ban on employees of the financial aid office receiving gifts from a lender, guaranty agency or loan servicer.

    Note: No officer or employee of an institution's financial aid office (or an employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to educational loans) may solicit or accept any gift from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of education loans. A "gift" is defined as any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having monetary value of more than a de minimus amount. However, a gift does not include (1) a brochure, workshop, or training using standard materials relating to a loan, default aversion, or financial literacy, such as a brochure, workshop or training; (2) food, training, or informational material provided as part of a training session designed to improve the service of a lender, guarantor, or servicer if the training contributes to the professional development of the institution's officer, employee or agent; (3) favorable terms and benefits on an education loan provided to a student employed by the institution if those terms and benefits are comparable to those provided to all students at the institution; (4) entrance and exit counseling as long as the institution's staff are in control of the counseling and the counseling does not promote the services of a specific lender; (5) philanthropic contributions from a lender, guarantor, or servicer that are unrelated to education loans or any contribution that is not made in exchange for advantage related to education loans, and; (6) State education grants, scholarships, or financial aid funds administered by or on behalf of a State;

  • A ban on contracting arrangements

    Note: No officer or employee of an institution's financial aid office (or employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans) may accept from a lender, or an affiliate of any lender, any fee, payment, or other financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans;

  • A prohibition against steering borrowers to particular lenders or delaying loan certification

    Note: For any first-time borrower, an institution may not assign, through the award packaging or other methods, the borrower's loan to a particular lender. In addition, the institution may not refuse to certify, or delay the certification, of any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency;

  • A prohibition on offers of funds for private loans

    Note: An institution may not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds for private loans, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specific number of Title IV loans made, insured, or guaranteed, a specified loan volume, or a preferred lender arrangement. An "opportunity pool loan" is defined as a private education loan made by a lender to a student (or the student's family) that involves a payment by the institution to the lender for extending credit to the student;

  • A ban on staffing assistance

    Note: An institution may not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing, except that a lender may provide professional development training, educational counseling materials (as long as the materials identify the lender that assisted in preparing the materials), or staffing services on a short-term, nonrecurring basis during emergencies or disasters; and

  • A ban on advisory board compensation

    Note: An employee of an institution's financial aid office (or employee who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans or financial aid) who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender or guarantor (or a group of lenders or guarantors) is prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group, except for reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee for serving on the board.