Whittier College Waives Application Fee

August 26, 2020

Lamp post and libraryTo lower the barrier for all students to pursue a higher education, Whittier College has announced its decision to waive its application fee.

The fee waiver takes effect immediately and helps all applicants to Whittier reduce the cost of their college search. Previously, the Office of Admission considered fee waivers based on individual financial need.

The waiver is the latest step in Whittier College’s mission to create a more attainable higher education. Last year, President Linda Oubré announced that the College’s Board of Trustees decided not to raise tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year. In conjunction with the freeze, the College launched a comprehensive fundraising campaign focused on creating new scholarships for students with unmet financial need.

The College is also focusing its attention on finding alternative avenues to generate revenue such as developing non-degree and certificate programs, growing graduate programs and summer enrollment, and seeking new partnerships with foundations and private organizations.

Whittier College ranks as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, with students of color constituting more than 70% of the student body. More than 40% of Whittier students are the first in their families to attend college and most receive some form of financial aid.

About Whittier College

Founded in 1887, Whittier College is an independent four-year residential liberal arts college that encourages students to question the world around them and figure out their place in it. Located in the heart of Southern California between bustling Los Angeles and beautiful Orange County, Whittier is distinguished by its small size, energetic faculty, and nationally recognized curriculum. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service.