The Financial Aid office helps students seeking financial assistance meet their educational expenses at LWTech. Students need not be low income to qualify for some types of financial assistance. Students may apply for most types of financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Since the FAFSA must be submitted annually, it is advised that students apply as soon as possible after October 1st before the year they will be attending LWTech (for example October 1st, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year).
Apply by or before the priority deadline date for the quarter you wish to attend. Due to the tremendous volume of applications each year, processing time has been as long as 12 weeks or more from the date an application is completed. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
If you received aid in 2017-2018, you must complete a new FAFSA for the 2018-2019 award year (Summer Quarter 2018 through Spring Quarter 2019) to receive aid during this time. If you are receiving student loans, a new Direct Loan Request form must also be completed.
Financial Aid sends notices and communications by email to the address you provided on your FAFSA. If you change your email address, be sure to let the Financial Aid office know.
*Please note that the financial aid office will close at 4:30 on Tuesday or Wednesday if it falls before a holiday.
Need help completing your FAFSA or WASFA? A Financial Aid advisor can help you apply online.
Non-citizen students unable to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), due to immigration status may be eligible to complete a Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) if they meet one of the two criteria listed below:
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Please refer to the Aid Disbursement for more information.
If your projected income for last year will be substantially reduced as compared to your income from the previous year, you may submit a Request for Reevaluation for the current academic year, along with supporting documentation noted on the form.
The federal government and the Department of Education determine the process used to calculate a student's eligibility. The student's and their spouse's income (or parent's income, if the student is considered a dependent student by federal guidelines) from 2014 (for the 2015/16 year) and from 2015 (for the 2016/17 year) is used as the basis for determining a student's "EFC" or Expected Family Contribution. This figure helps determine the need and amount of aid a student may receive. If a student feels their financial circumstances have changed significantly from the preceding year (i.e. loss of job, etc.) the student should contact the Financial Aid office.
The federal government allows you to claim tax credits for certain educational expenses through programs known as the Lifetime Learning tax credit and the American Opportunity tax credit. After the end of each tax year, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) sends the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 1098-T to students who may qualify for federal tax credits. The form lists out-of-pocket tuition and related expenses.
As a college, we cannot provide you with tax advice. You may wish to find out if you might be eligible by reading information on these websites:
You may also wish to consult the IRS or a tax accountant for help. Your own check receipts, credit card statements, or copies of receipts showing tuition and fees paid at the time you registered may support your claim.
You can view your IRS form 1098-T statement [student ID and PIN required] online starting at the end of January each year.
However, the form that is printed and mailed to you may not reflect up-to-date information on student loans or other data.
Therefore, we strongly encourage you to double-check the dollar amount on the 1098-T form.
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