Pursuing graduate studies is a considerable investment and Whittier College offers a variety of funding sources that can help make it an affordable one as well.
Candidates pursuing any type of assistance must meet eligibility requirements for both the source of funding and the graduate program. Whittier's Office of Financial Aid can provide more information about eligibility.
Approximately 1.5 to 3 years depending on track choice and course load. Because graduate courses meet once per week in the evening, students are able to maintain their full-time jobs during the program.
$819 per unit
Lab fees based on course
Federal and State Aid
Cal Grant 5th Year Extension Program
Students who received a Cal Grant during their undergraduate studies and are pursuing a credential-only program may qualify for an additional year of Cal Grant funding through this extension. Applicants must meet the grant regulations.
Federal Pell Grant Funding
Students who pursue a credential-only program in the year following the completion of undergraduate studies may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. Applicants must meet the grant regulations and submit a FAFSA to be eligible for funding.
Golden State Teacher Grant
Lead by the California Student Aid Commission, the Golden State Teacher Grant encourages students to consider earning a teaching credential and teach in a high-need field at a priority school in California within five years after completing a teacher preparation program. CSAC will award $20,000 Golden State Teacher Grants to over 4,400 eligible students across California, who are enrolled in a Commission on Teacher Credentialing-approved teacher preparation program on or after January 1, 2020.
Federal Unsubsidized Loans
Unsubsidized student loans can be used to cover tuition, fees, and supplies related to graduate studies. Applicants must submit a FAFSA to qualify.
Graduate Teaching Fellowships
Candidates who are awarded a Graduate Teaching Fellowship become employees of Whittier College while completing their graduate program. As employees of the College, students qualify for tuition remission and may receive stipends. Fellowships are generally granted for up to six semesters and have the possibility to be renewed at the discretion of the program directors. All Graduate Teaching Fellow candidates, regardless of department, must qualify for admission into Whittier’s Graduate Programs in Education (Teacher Credential/MA) before they are hired and begin work.
Located on the Whittier College campus, The Broadoaks School is a private, non-profit, K-8, demonstration school that offers before and after-school care and a variety of co-curricular activities.
Fifth Dimension Program
Fifth Dimension is a collection of outreach programs managed by a team of 16 Whittier College students. Those selected for the team lead programming and work directly with children ages 6-12.
Various departments within the Athletic Division have available positions where graduates candidates may serve as sport coaches while completing their studies through the tuition remission program.