Financial Aid Requirements

Generally, students are eligible for financial aid if they meet the following conditions:

  • Enrolled in an eligible program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate (note: students who must complete pre-requisites or are conditionally accepted into a program are not eligible for federal grants; these students should check with the Financial Aid Office to see what other types of aid they may be eligible for)

  • Citizens of the United States or an eligible non-citizen

  • Making satisfactory academic progress as defined by LWIT's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

  • Not be in default on any student loans, or owing a refund on any grants

  • If male, registered with the Selective Service

  • Students beginning their program on or after July 1, 2012, must have a high school diploma or equivalent such as a GED® to receive federal aid.  Wasington state resident students may receive state aid without a high school diploma or equivalent if they are otherwise eligible and meet "Ability to Benefit" requirements (passing scores on the COMPASS test or successful completion of at least 6 regular program credits).

  • Students with a Bachelor's Degree are not eligible for state or federal grants (this includes a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent earned in a country other than the U.S.)  Students with a Bachelor's Degree may still receive federal Direct Student Loans, workstudy, scholarships and institutional aid if otherwise eligible.

  • If your Student Aid Report (SAR) indicated that you were selected for a process called "verification" you will need to submit a verification worksheet (our office will notify you regarding which worksheet is needed).   You may go to Financial Aid Forms on the website and print the dependent or independent verification worksheet that is needed.  You may also need to provide a 2013 IRS Tax Return Transcript and copies of all 2013 W2s.  Parent 2013 IRS Tax Transcipts and 2013 W2s may also be required for dependent students.  Students and parents who successfully used the IRS Data Retreival Tool when completing or correcting their FAFSA do not have to submit the IRS Tax Transcripts and W2s, although the verification worksheet is still required.

  • Ethical Requirements: Students receiving financial aid must comply with all applicable federal and state financial aid regulations.   Information supplied on the FAFSA, and to the Financial Aid office, must be truthful and accurate to the best of the student's knowledge at the time the information is provided.  Students purposely giving false or misleading information may be subject to institutional penalities as well as federal and/or state penalties, including fines of up to $20,000, sent to prison, or both.   Financial aid must be used for direct or indirect educational purposes only, and may not be used for non-educational expenses such as purchase of a car or other vehicle, vacation or recreational purposes, etc.