Your net cost to attend Westmont will likely be much less than our published tuition, fees and living expenses. If you apply for financial aid (we urge every student to apply), your actual cost to enroll at Westmont depends on your family’s financial need and your eligibility for merit- and talent-based scholarships. Westmont commits a significant amount of financial aid ($21 million) to scholarships and grants, making our high-quality education affordable to students from a wide range of economic backgrounds. At Westmont, institutional gift aid represents 59 percent of all aid to students; the national figure is 19 percent. Only 23 percent of aid to Westmont students comes from federal loans compared to 37 percent nationally.
For the 2013-14 school year, students with demonstrated need received an average award of $28,681.
|Westmont College Costs
2014-2015 Academic Year
The sticker price of public universities and other private schools may be lower, but Westmont provides great value. Many students discover that the generous assistance they receive from Westmont means they pay less than if they’d attended a public university or other independent college. Moreover, 73 percent of Westmont students graduate in four years, which is 28 percent higher than the national six-year graduation rate. If your education drags on elsewhere, the costs will add up quickly—particularly if your financial aid expires after four years. You will also lose tens of thousands of dollars of earning power for every year you delay entering the workforce. An average of 95 percent of incoming first-year and transfer students receive academic and/or talent-based scholarships.
You invest in your intellectual, personal, spiritual and social development when you enroll at Westmont. Nationally recognized for our excellent academics, Westmont ranks among the country’s top 100 liberal arts colleges—and the top 10 in California—in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The Princeton Review has named Westmont one of the “Best in the West.” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance lists Westmont among the top 100 liberal arts colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. Business Insider named Westmont one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, schools whose graduates make much higher salaries than their U.S. News rankings would suggest. Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.” In addition, Westmont has gained an outstanding reputation with graduate schools and employers.
“The liberal arts are more important than ever..."
- Thomas Friedman
Our superior academic programs, first-rate faculty and Christian community will equip you with the experience and character you need to thrive in any profession. A liberal arts education provides excellent preparation for a career because it teaches you how to learn, how to think critically and how to communicate well. According to the U.S Department of Education, you will likely change jobs 14–18 times in the future with one to two international assignments. Given the complexity of life in the 21st century and the global economy, you will need the capacity to adjust intellectually and emotionally to new fields, environments and cultures.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman writes in the latest edition of The World Is Flat, “The liberal arts are more important than ever... [O]ur secret sauce comes from our ability to integrate art, science, music, and literature with the hard sciences. That’s what produces an iPod revolution or a Google.” Friedman spoke at the Westmont President’s Breakfast and on campus in 2007.
Use the Net Price Calculator to estimate your potential contribution to college costs based on your family’s current financial situation.
Important: This is not a financial aid application. Neither the information provided nor the results generated will be considered official or final. To receive a formal financial aid award, students must apply for admission and, if applying for need-based aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
“I was astonished when my financial aid package from Westmont revealed that coming here was actually cheaper than going to a public university. On top of the financial aid, the many opportunities for employment here on campus have been great ways to help keep the cost affordable. The investment has been phenomenal, as I am not only getting a quality liberal arts education, but am also cultivating tools and skills to live in the world well and with a purpose.”
Steven Matsumura, Senior Kinesiology Major from Pacific Grove, Calif.
“The first time I looked at Westmont, it seemed like a great place ... that I would never be able to afford. And yet, every year I have been blown away, not only by how much I have grown and been shaped, but also by how I have been able to return for the next go-around. From my own pockets this would have been completely impossible. But my family and I are continually amazed at God’s provision and grateful for the generosity of Westmont donors, which allows me to keep coming back.”
Shea Werner, Junior Communications Studies Major from Lakewood, Colo.
“One of the biggest concerns for my family was how they were going to afford putting a second daughter through four years of college at a private institution. The Office of Financial Aid at Westmont was willing to sit down with me and crunch numbers in order to help me graduate. I plan to pursue a doctorate in immunology and become an undergraduate biology professor. If it weren’t for my financial aid package that let me continue my Westmont journey, I wouldn’t have found this passion.”
Stefanie Williams, Senior Biology Major from Inglewood, Calif.
These scholarships are awarded to first-year and transfer students with a distinguished high school or college academic profile. More than 95 percent of first-year and transfer students receive an academic and/or talent-based scholarship. A combination of academic GPA, SAT or ACT scores and overall quality of the application determine the scholarship amount. The offer of admission includes scholarship information. Academic scholarships are available to Early Action, Regular Decision and transfer students (the date of application is not a factor).
The Monroe Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship offered to a few high-achieving first-year students each year. Monroe recipients enrich the Westmont community with their exceptional academic abilities, strong values, character and desire to grow in their Christian faith. Westmont reviews Early Action applicants and recipients of President’s Scholarships before inviting candidates to campus to be considered for a Monroe Scholarship.
Talent scholarships are available in athletics, art, theatre and music. Applicants interested in these programs must contact the respective departments and follow the instructions for the application process and deadlines. All applications are available online.
To create an academic community rich in cultural diversity, Westmont offers a Cultural Diversity Award of $1,000. Incoming students who desire to incorporate their intercultural experiences into the Westmont learning environment receive this scholarship. You can find the application here. Application deadlines are January 30 for Early Action applicants and March 30 for Regular Decision applicants.
Grants and loans are another important resource for paying for college; grants are gifts you never need to repay. Loans are repaid, usually after you leave college, and may be deferred if you attend graduate school. Here are the financial aid programs that Westmont administers.
Westmont Grants: Need-based grants up to $21,000.
Cal Grant: In 2013, up to $10,557 per year was awarded to first-time recipients who are California residents, based on financial need and academic performance.
Federal Pell Grants: Up to $5,645, based on demonstrated financial need according to a federal formula.
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants: Up to $1,500 per year, based on demonstrated financial need. Pell Grant recipients get top priority.
Westmont Missionary Grants: Awards up to $1,000 based on need given to students from missionary families stationed overseas.
Westmont Merit Awards for National Merit Finalists: Awards range from $500 to $2,000.
Federal Work-Study Program: Jobs on campus for students with demonstrated financial need.
Federal Direct Loan: From $5,500 to $7,500 in low-interest, subsidized and unsubsidized loans, based on financial need and class level.
Federal Perkins Loan: Up to $2,000 in low-interest loans for students demonstrating sufficient financial need.
Westmont No-Interest Loan: $2,000 to $5,000 per year for California residents based on need and class standing.
Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS): Non-need-based loans to parents, based on credit worthiness, up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial aid.
Ahmanson Veterans Scholarship Initiative (AVSI): This program seeks to recruit, retain and educate veterans eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill; funds can apply to tuition and a variety of other expenses. For more information, contact your admission counselor.
There are several free and excellent scholarship searches available. If you’re interested in searching for financial aid or scholarship information online, we suggest you start with a reputable site such as www.fastweb.com.
Jess, senior from California
From a family of four, Jess is the first in college with an EFC* of $10,000. Her estimated need is $43,670.
|Direct Subsidized Loan||$3,500|
|Direct Unsubsidized Loan||$2,000|
Brittany, junior from Texas
From a family of five, Brittany is a transfer student with an EFC of $15,000. Her estimated need is $38,670.
|Transfer Provost's Scholarship||$6,000|
|Direct Subsidized Loan||$4,500|
|Direct Unsubsidized Loan||$2,000|
Nate, sophomore from Hawaii
From a single-parent family of three, Nate is the first in college with an EFC of $1,850. His estimated need is $51,820.
|Direct Subsidized Loan||$3,500|
|Direct Unsubsidized Loan||$2,000|
*EFC= Expected Family Contribution
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