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Students from families just like yours afford Whitworth every year. Why not you?


Income profile of 2017-18 Whitworth freshmen families who filed the FAFSA. About a quarter of students come from each income category. 


How does Whitworth stack up with other schools?

Whitworth is one of the best educational values in the Western U.S. – meaning that students get an excellent education for a relatively low net price. But don't just take our word for it.

2020 U.S. News Rankings

Best Regional Universities (West)Best Undergraduate TeachingBest Values: Regional Universities (West)
1. Trinity University
2. University of Portland
3. Whitworth University
4. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
5. Mills College
5. St. Mary's College of California
7. University of Dallas
8. St. Edward's University
9. California Lutheran University
10. Point Loma Nazarene University
10. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
1. Whitworth University
1. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
3. California Lutheran University
4. Abilene Christian University
4. Evergreen State College
4. Trinity University
7. Cal State Fullerton
8. St. Edward's University
9. Cal State, Pomona
9. Mills College
9. Pacific Lutheran University
1. Trinity University
2. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
3. Mills College
4. Whitworth University
5. University of Dallas
6. Westminster College
7. University of St. Thomas
8. Abilene Christian University
9. Rocky Mountain College
10. Pacific Lutheran University

All that excellence doesn’t come cheap. What does it cost?

Whitworth costs $55,136 for 2018-19 versus other regional universities in the west, which cost on average $56,943.

(2018-19 costs)

That's a big number. What will I actually pay?

That depends, but probably a lot less than you think.

99 percent

Students who receive financial aid of any type


Average scholarships and grants for 2019-20 freshmen

Great! What goes into financial aid?

University Scholarships: $10,000-$24,000 per year

Whitworth scholarships based on a student's academic achievement and personal background. No application required and renewable up to four years.

Campus Housing Grants: $3,000 per year

Awarded automatically for 2020-21 incoming freshmen living on campus to cover tuition.

Need-Based Grants: $1,000-$24,000 per year

Awarded from Whitworth and state/federal sources based on the FAFSA

Federal Student Loans: $5,500

Some of which don't accrue interest while you're in school and which you don't need to start paying back until six months after you graduate.

Student Employment: $4,000

Most Whitworth students are eligible to apply for on- or off-campus jobs. Working in college can help students pay for college expenses, gain work experience, learn job-search and time-management skills, and network within the Whitworth and Spokane communities. $4,000 is based on 12 hours per week during the school year.

Talent & Participation Scholarships: $1,000+

Awarded based on audition or application to students who participate in music, theatre, visual arts, journalism/media, forensics (speech & debate) or Young Life at Whitworth.

How can I manage the cost?

It is important to remember that the net cost (after financial aid) of attending Whitworth can be significantly lower than the list price. Families are able to manage the net cost of attending Whitworth with the following resources:

  • Payment plans to spread the cost out throughout the year, up to 10 months
  • Credit-based loans (Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans or private education loans)
  • College savings
  • Student employment (summer and part time during school)
  • Outside scholarships

Whitworth also reserves most donor-funded scholarships and departmental achievement scholarships for sophomores, juniors and seniors to help cover modest annual cost increases.

Graduating on time saves money. And we guarantee it.

Graduating on time is one of the best ways to save on college expenses and to avoid delays in entering the workforce. Your timely graduation will reduce the total cost of your degree! We are so confident that our strong faculty advising, dynamic scheduling and individual attention will enable you to graduate in four years at Whitworth that we guarantee it.

Learn more about Whitworth’s four-year graduation guarantee.

Get 9 semesters for nearly the price of 8 at Whitworth

Jan Term allows students to take 3-5 additional credits a year, for a $300 fee, making it easier to pursue additional majors, minors and study abroad opportunities while still graduating on time.

In eight semesters, students earn 120 to 136 credits. With Whitworth's Jan Term, students can earn an extra 12 to 20 credits.

How much will I have to borrow?

Average Student-Loan Debt at Graduation for Borrowers (2017)

Whitworth students graduate with $28,921 in debt, on average. All U.S. bachelor's-degree graduates have, on average, $37,172 in debt.

Student loans are an investment in an appreciating asset (unlike a car loan). Workers with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $1.1 million more over their lifetime than workers with only high school degrees. 

Source: Institute for College Access and Success, Common Data Set

Will I be able to pay it back?

Average Three-Year Default Rate

The average three-year default rate for Whitworth graduates is 2.2 percent, versus the national average, 10.8 percent.

Sources: The Institute for College Access & Success

Will I be competitive in the job market?

Yes! Whitworth grads are highly marketable because they combine the deep, adaptive intellectual tools of a liberal arts education with concrete skills from experiential learning.

95 percent of Whitworth grads are employed within 9 months of graduation, versus all U.S. graduates, at 88 percent.


Whitworth is worth it. Take the next step.