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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.

2019 U.S. News Rankings

Best Values: Regional Universities (West)Best Undergraduate TeachingBest Regional Universities (West)
1. Trinity University
2. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
3. Mills College
4. University of Dallas
5. Whitworth University
6. Gonzaga University
7. Westminster College
8. Pacific Lutheran University
9. University of St. Thomas
10. Abilene Christian University
1. Gonzaga University
2. Whitworth University
3. Chapman University
4. Trinity
5. University of Portland
1. Santa Clara University
2. Trinity University
3. Loyola Marymount
4. Gonzaga
5. Chapman
6. University of Portland
7. Mills College
8. Whitworth University
8. Seattle University
8. St. Mary's College of CA

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 financial aid award for 2018 freshmen
(from all sources)

Great! What goes into financial aid?

University Scholarships averaging $22,000 per year

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

$1,000-$28,000 per year

Need-based grants awarded from Whitworth and state/federal sources based on the FAFSA


Federal student loans
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
(based on 12 hours per week during school year)


Talent and participation scholarships for art, forensics (speech & debate), journalism, music, theatre and Young Life based on audition or application.

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 over 9-12 months
  • Credit-based loans (Federal Direct Parent PLUS loans or private education loans)
  • College savings
  • Student employment (summer and part-time during school)
  • Outside scholarhips

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.


Whitworth costs $72,760 for four years, on average, versus 5 years at an in-state public university and a year of lost income for $100,366 and $176,816 out-of-state.

Learn more about Whitworth’s four-year graduation guarantee

Sources: College Board Trends in College Pricing (2016-17), National Association of College & Employers 2017 Spring Salary Survey

Get 9 semesters for nearly the price of 8 at Whitworth

Jan Term (included in cost of fall tuition) 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.