Graduate Program Cost & Affordability


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.

Program Length

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

Led 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.

Due in part to California’s emergency response and potential state budget revisions vital to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current GSTG program process is subject to change. While the GSTG program is accepting applications from eligible students, the GSTG program awards are currently on hold pending state budgetary decisions. Any updates concerning the program will be posted on this page. Applicant records will be saved, and the Commission will send updates when further information is available. Interested students may email questions to

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.

Broadoaks School

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.

Athletics Department

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.

Learn more about how to finance a graduate degree or credential at Whittier