Financial Information

Costs and Fees

Whitworth University is an independent institution, and, like most such institutions, it receives minimal support from public funds. Each student is charged tuition and fees that cover approximately three-fourths of what it costs the university to provide its services. The balance of these costs is met by income from the endowment and by gifts from trustees, alumni and other friends of the university. All details for payment of current charges must be finalized before students enroll for classes. Payment in full is due at the beginning of each semester. Students and their parents may also choose to use the monthly payment option that spreads payments over a four-month period each semester (September-December for fall, February-May for spring). An annual plan with a nine-month, 10-month or 12-month payment option is also available to cover charges for the entire school year (June-May).

Costs for the 2016-17 academic year

Tuition$39,600
Room and Board$11,170
Associated Student Body Fee$240
Campus Facility Fee$418
Student Mandatory Accident Insurance$114
Health & Wellness Fee$190
Total$51,732

A full-time academic courseload is 12 to 17 semester credits in the fall and spring semesters and three to five semester credits in Jan Term.

Room-and-board charges do not cover regular university vacation periods. In addition, only students registered for on-campus classes may utilize room and board during Jan Term. The above rate provides for a double room and 21 meals per week. Several other meals-per-term plans are available. Students in private rooms pay approximately 36 percent additional room rent.

The university no longer offers health insurance to our domestic full-time day students. However, we feel it is important to continue to operate our student health center. Services at the health center include no-fee consultation visits and basic labs and x-rays. All international students, regardless of academic program, are required to participate in the university’s health-insurance plan. All international students, undergraduate and graduate, must have insurance to meet visa requirements.

Additional expenses for books, supplies, personal items and transportation will vary with each student and are a necessary consideration when planning total costs. Since financial aid disbursements will arrive after the term has begun, they should not be included in a student's plan for initial expenses.

Since fees are published several months in advance of the academic year, the Whitworth University Board of Trustees reserves the right to change this fee structure as necessary from year to year.

Miscellaneous Costs (2016-17)

Part-Time Day School

For students enrolling in less than a full-time academic load, tuition is charged by semester credit

Per semester credit$1,650
Excess Semester Credits

For semester credits in excess of 17 for fall and spring semesters, five for Jan Term

Per semester credit$1074
Audit Fee
Per semester credit$825
Whitworth in the Evening Programs
Evening traditional semester courses, per semester credit$540
Audit only, per semester credit (permission required)$285
Accelerated-format courses, per semester credit (includes books and course materials; not available for audit)$540
Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree Program
Per semester credit$540

Graduate program rates are included in each program's bulletins.

Special Courses/Fees

Several courses (in art, physical education and music, among others) carry special fees to cover extra costs. These classes and their fees are listed in the course schedule for each semester.

Graduation fee
Matriculated day$75
Master of Business Administration$50
Master of Arts in Theology$50
Continuing Studies and Graduate Studies in Education - see advisor
Transcript Fee
  • Official: $5
    • After the fifth copy in a single order, each additional transcript is $3.
    • There is an optional $5 rush fee if a request is submitted before 11 a.m. for same-day processing.
  • Unofficial: Free
Online Transcript Fee
  • Official: $5
    • Additional $3 processing fee (per recipient)
    • There is an optional $5 rush fee (per recipient) if a request is submitted before 11 a.m. for same-day processing.

Contact the registrar’s office for expedited-shipping charges. Transcripts and diplomas are released only when financial accounts are current and all holds on a student's record have been removed.

Miscellaneous Fees

A more detailed list of miscellaneous fees is available from the Whitworth Student Accounting Services Office. All are subject to change without notice.

Fees for off-campus and international-study programs vary according to the program. For additional information, check with the Whitworth Off-Campus Programs Office.

Please note: Class fees are subject to change without notice.

Tuition and Fees Refund Policy

All refunds must be claimed through proper application to the Whitworth Student Accounting Services Office. Students must secure the forms for class drops and withdrawals from the registrar’s office. The refund/withdrawal date will be established by the form’s receipt date, recorded by the registrar’s office.

The published refund schedule is available in the student accounting services office. Withdrawal and refund schedules for graduate and nontraditional undergraduate degree programs are available in the student accounting services office.

A student who officially drops or withdraws from classes during the course of the term is eligible for an adjustment of charges as follows:

Withdrawal/Drop Refund Applicable to
First week100 percentTuition and fees, room and board
Second week90 percentTuition and fees, room and board
Third week80 percentTuition, no fees, room and board
Fourth week60 percentTuition, no fees, room and board
Fifth week40 percentTuition, no fees, room and board
Sixth and seventh week25 percentTuition, no fees, room and board
Eighth week and after0 percent

Withdrawal from Whitworth University

In order to avoid charges to his or her account, a student must notify the registrar’s office regarding withdrawal or cancellation of enrollment from Whitworth University before the beginning of the term. All withdrawals and cancellations made after the beginning of the term must follow the withdrawal process in the registrar’s office. Refund calculations will be made as outlined above.