Faculty-Led Tuition Waiver Policy

On July 1, 2013, a tuition waiver system became effective for Whittier students who wish to participate in a JanTerm or MayTerm study travel course. Tuition is a separate fee from the program fees that cover the travel costs. The tuition fee is currently $1,600 for either a JanTerm or MayTerm study travel course, but is subject to change on a yearly basis.

Whittier students will receive two waivers during their four year undergraduate career at Whittier College:

  • Those students who have completed one full year of study as a matriculated undergraduate student may redeem their first waiver to participate in a JanTerm or MayTerm study travel course. The waiver will cover the $1,600 tuition fee, and students will pay only the program fee.
  • Those students who have completed a second full year of study as a matriculated undergraduate student may redeem their second waiver to participate in a JanTerm or MayTerm study travel course. The waiver will cover the $1,600 tuition fee, and students will pay only the program fee. 
  • If a student wishes to participate in a JanTerm or MayTerm study travel course outside of the tuition waiver redemption guidelines above, the $1,600 tuition fee will apply in addition to the program fee.
  • During an undergraduate four‐year period, students will have up to eight separate opportunities to participate in a study travel course during JanTerm or MayTerm. They can redeem their earned tuition waivers for up to two of these study travel courses, and for any additional study travel courses they wish to join, they will be charged applicable tuition, as described above.
  • Only one tuition waiver may be applied per academic year.

Non‐Whittier students and non‐student participants seeking academic credit must pay both the tuition fee and the program fee for each JanTerm and MayTerm study travel course. Tuition waivers apply ONLY to Whittier College students.

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