Financial Aid Office

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
West Building, Room W209
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 739-8106 (office)
(425) 739-8144 (fax)


Title IV School Code for FAFSA: 005373


Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

*Please note:  The office closes at 4:30 p.m. the day before holidays

Financial Aid News

Attention DREAMers!  Effective July 1, 2014, a new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low income, non-citizen students who meet the programs' eligibility requirements and also meet the residency criteria below:

  • Have graduated (or will graduate before beginning college) from a Washington state high school, or obtained a GED®
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since earning the high school diploma or equivalent

How to Apply:   Students who meet the criteria above and are unable to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to immigration status, may complete the free Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) instead.   Visit the website to apply:

Email Notifications: Financial aid sends notices and communications by email to the email address that you had provided on your FAFSA.  If you change your email address, be sure to let the office know.

Students must re-apply each year for aid.  If you have received aid in 2013-2014, you must complete a new FAFSA for the 2014-2015 award year (summer quarter 2014 through spring quarter 2015) to receive aid during this time.   If you are receiving student loans, a new Direct Loan Request Form must also be completed.

Financial Aid Refunds:  Lake Washington Institute of Technology has partnered with Higher One, an financial institution that specializes in assisting colleges with financial aid disbursements.  If you are expecting a financial aid refund, you will now have three options to receive your refund:

  • A checking account with Higher One; aid refunds may be accessed through a Debit Card

  • Higher One will deposit your refund directly into your checking account with another bank

  • Or you may receive your refund as a paper check mailed directly to you from Higher One

Debit cards are mailed to students who have a completed financial aid application. Make sure your address is up to date with Enrollment Services!   Visit our webpage at Connect Card for more information.  Refunds for eligible students who have been awarded and have selected a checking account with HigherOne should be available (beginning 1:00pm or after) the afternoon of the the first day of the quarter.

Student Portal: You may now check the status of your application and view a summary of aid awarded for the current award year on-line.  Select "Student Portal" from the menu box on the right.  When accessing the Portal, your user name is your social security number, and your password is your LWTech PIN number.

Satisfactory Academic Progress:  To continue to receive financial aid students must meet financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements.   To view the policy, click here or select "Satisfactory Academic Progress" from the menu on the left. 

REMEMBER:  Make sure to apply by or before the priority deadline date for the quarter you wish to attend. Due to the tremendous volume of applications received this year, processing time may be as long as 12 weeks or more from the date an application is complete. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. 

To receive priority processing consideration for the quarters listed below in the 2014-2015 academic year, a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be received from the Department of Education along with all applicable items listed in the financial aid checklist by the priority processing date listed for the quarter. Funding is limited and there is no guarantee funds will be available after the deadline date. Students not meeting the published deadline date will be considered for funding in the next cycle.

Financial Aid Application Priority Dates

Quarter Applying for Aid

Priority Deadline

Summer 2014

March 15, 2014

Fall 2014

June 20, 2014

Winter 2015

October 3, 2014

Spring 2015

January 2, 2015


FAFSA Online Workshop

Need help completing your FAFSA , Free Application for Federal Student Aid?  A financial aid advisor can help you apply online.  Attend a FAFSA Online Workshop held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 18th in room T319, and in room T320 (Technology Building) each Thursday at 3:00 pm from January 15th through March 26th.

 What to bring to the FAFSA Online Workshops 2014-2015 (Summer Quarter 2014 through Spring Quarter 2015):

Bring your 2013 tax return or income information. Dependent students will need their parent's 2013 tax return or income information as well. Eligible non-citizens will need their eight or nine digit Alien Registration number.

Financial Aid Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Financial Aid Office is to help students seeking financial assistance meet their educational expenses at LWTech. We will strive to treat students and colleagues respectfully, to be consistent and ethical in our procedures and policies and timely in providing services. The Financial Aid Office will work collaboratively with other areas of the college wherever possible to achieve the common goal of furthering student success and helping to achieve the educational mission of LWTech.