First-year and transfer students who intend to live on campus must complete a housing application.
Any student may qualify for residency policy exemptions if:
- The student resides with their parent or legal guardian at their legal residence which is within a 30 mile driving radius of Whittier College
- The student is entering Whittier as a transfer student
- The student is or will be 22 years of age on or before the first day of classes for the fall semester
- The student is married or in a domestic partnership
- The student has documentation supporting need for off-campus housing. In this case, the student must contact the Office of Student Disability Services.
The College will also consider an exception to its residential policy in situations where a student with sophomore or junior standing is experiencing an extreme financial hardship and is unable to cover the expenses associated with on-campus housing and meal plans.
To be considered for exception a student should meet the following requirements.
- Elegible for Federal Pell Grant
- Good academic standing
- Sophomore or junior standing for year in question
- FAFSA for the upcoming academic year has been filed
- A financial aid package has been received and accepted by the student
- Student and parents/legal guardians are unable to finance the unmet need
- Student and parents/legal guardians have exhausted all funding options including loans (unwillingness to borrow does not satisfy this requirement)
- Student and parents/legal guardians are unable to finance the cost difference between on-camps and off-campus housing and meal plans
- Student demonstrates unmet need that is at least as great as the documented savings between living on-campus or off-campus