Financial Aid


  • Financial Aid Office
  • (425) 739-8106
  • Kirkland Campus
    West Building, W209
  • Hours
    Mon. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tues. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wed. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Fri. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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).

Apply Early

Because the FAFSA must be submitted annually, it is advised that students apply as soon as possible after October 1, before the year they will be attending LWTech (for example October 1, 2018 for attending during the  2019-2020 academic year). The Application Process page has detailed information on how to apply for financial aid. 

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.

Students Must Re-Apply Each Year for Aid

If you received aid in 2018-2019, you must complete a new FAFSA for the 2019-2020 award year (Summer Quarter 2019 through Spring Quarter 2020) to receive aid during this time. If you are receiving student loans, a new Direct Loan Request form must also be completed.

Email Notifications

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.

Holiday Hours

Please note that the Financial Aid office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday or Wednesday if it falls before a holiday.

The Financial Aid office will be closed Thursday, September 5, 2019 and Monday, September 16, 2019. 


Financial Aid FAQs

How do I receive my financial aid?

Please refer to the Aid Disbursement for more information.

How do I get a reevaluation if my income has changed?

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.

What is the "Expected Family Contribution" and what is it used for?

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.

Can I get tax credits for educational expenses?

Tax Credit Eligibility

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.

It is the responsibility of the student or other taxpayer to determine actual eligibility for tax credits. 

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.

Verifying the Amount of Your Qualifying Expenses

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.

How can I qualify for emergency funding?

Some students may be eligible for emergency funding if an unexpected circumstance or event financially makes it difficult to attend classes. Please visit the Financial Aid office in person for more information.