Financial Aid Checklist

  • Admissions:   New students must apply for admission into an eligible degree or certificate program. Admission applications can be found online.  Students must be pursuing a degree granting program or an eligible certificate at Lake Washington Institute of Technology to receive financial aid.

  •  FAFSA:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  To apply for the 2014-2015 academic year (Summer Quarter 2014 through Spring Quarter 2015) complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA. You will need your 2013 tax/income information.  LWTech's federal school code is 005373. It is recommended you complete a FAFSA application electronically. This is the fastest method and you will be able to receive your Student Aid Report much quicker. Paper FAFSA applications can be obtained online or  by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.   Once the Federal Processor confirms your FAFSA application has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report at your home address or email address if provided. If you have listed Lake Washington Institute of Technology on your FAFSA, LWTech's  financial aid office will receive your electronic student aid report.

  • Complete a 2014-2015 Data Sheet.

  •  Ability to Benefit:    Students beginning their program on or after July 1, 2012, must have a high school diploma, GED®, or a 2 year degree or equivalent to receive federal financial aid.  Students without a high school diploma or GED® may be eligible for state aid by completing a minimum of 6 regular credits in their program or by meeting minimum scores on the COMPASS test.   

  • Verification Documentation:    If noted on your Student Aid Report that you were selected for verification, you will need to submit a Verification Worksheet (the office will notify you regarding which Worksheet is required).   You may also need to provide a 2013 IRS Tax Transcript and all 2013 W2s  for yourself, your spouse (if you are married), and your parents (if your parent's information was required on the FAFSA).  Some students and parents may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA website in lieu of providing an IRS Tax Transcript and W2s (the Verification Worksheet is still required).  The Verification Worksheets are available from this website; select Financial Aid Forms from the menu.   In some cases, additional documentation may be needed due to federal requirements.   Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

  •  Additional Documentation:   If noted on your Student Aid Report, you must clarify citizenship, selective service registration, defaulted loan status, etc. The Financial Aid Office may also request further documentation.

  •  Student Loans:   Students interested in obtaining a Direct Student Loan must complete the following steps:

    • First time loan borrowers at Lake Washington Institute of Technology must complete: 1) an on-line Loan Entrance Counseling  session and 2) a Master Promissory Note (MPN) on-line using your FAFSA PIN number at

    • After completing your MPN and Entrance Counseling session, submit a Direct Loan Request Form to the Financial Aid office.  This form may be found on our website; select "Financial Aid Forms" from the menu.