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


Income profile of 2020-21 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.

2021 U.S. News & World Report Rankings (Regional Universities West)

Best Regional UniversitiesBest Undergraduate TeachingBest Values
1. Trinity University
2. University of Portland
3. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
4. Whitworth University
5. University of Redlands
6 (tie). St. Mary's College of California
6 (tie). University of Dallas
8 (tie). St. Edward's University
8 (tie). St. Mary's University of San Antonio
10 (tie). California Lutheran University
10 (tie). Cal Poly, Pomona
1. Mills College
2. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
3 (tie). Abilene Christian University
3 (tie). Cal State, Fullerton
3 (tie). Trinity University
3 (tie). University of Portland
3 (tie). Whitworth University
8. Cal State, Pomona
9. Evergreen State College
10 (tie). Cal State, Dominguez Hills
10 (tie). Cal State, Long Beach
10 (tie). Cal State, Northridge
10 (tie). Mount Saint Mary's University
10 (tie). Pacific Lutheran University
10 (tie). San Jose State University
1. Mills College
2. Trinity University
3. Whitworth University
4. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
5. University of St. Thomas
6. University of Dallas
7. Pacific Lutheran University
8. Westminster College
9. Abilene Christian University
10. St. Martin's University

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

Whitworth costs $58,400 for 2020-21 versus other regional universities in the west,.

(2020-21 costs)

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

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

100 percent

Incoming 2020-21 first-year students who receive financial aid of any type


Average scholarships and grants for 2020-21 first-year students

Great! What goes into financial aid?

University Scholarships: $12,000-$25,000 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 2021-22 incoming first-year students living on campus to cover tuition.

Need-Based Grants: $1,000-$11,900 per year

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

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: up to $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 10 hours per week during the school year at Washington's minimum wage of $13.50/hour.

Talent & Participation Scholarships: $1,000+

Awarded based on audition or application to students who participate in art, forensics (speech & debate), media, music, theatre and Young Life.

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:

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 modest fee ($325 fee for 2020-21), making it easier to pursue additional majors, minors and study abroad/away 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.

I may need to take out a student loan. Will I be able to pay it back?

Average Three-Year Default Rate

The average three-year default rate for Whitworth graduates is 2.6 percent, versus the national average, 11.4 percent.

Student loans are an investment in an appreciating asset (unlike a car loan). Workers with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $900,000 more over their lifetime than workers with only high school degrees. 


Sources: The Institute for College Access & Success, U.S. Social Security Administration

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. The proof is in the numbers...

95 percent of Whitworth grads are employed within 9 months of graduation


Whitworth is worth it. Take the next step.