Financial aid assistance is available to most students meeting basic eligibility requirements. Due to the number of applicants and the information that must be reviewed in the application process, processing a financial aid application takes several months from the date the aid application is complete, so it's important that you apply as early as possible! Please see the main Financial Aid page for current processing times.
Please review the following checklist and financial aid information carefully. You are responsible for keeping informed of application procedures and meeting all priority dates when applying.
New students must apply for admission into an eligible degree or certificate program. Current students must be pursuing a program that grants a degree or eligible certificate at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) to receive financial aid.
Need help completing your financial aid application? Get more information about our FAFSA/WASFA workshops.
A high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED certificate, is generally required to receive aid; however, students without a high school diploma or GED certificate may receive aid under certain conditions if they meet "Ability to Benefit" requirements. (Examples are passing scores on an ability to benefit test or completion of at least six regular program credits). Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
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 signed copy of your tax returns (provide the same year's tax return that was required for your application) and all W-2s for yourself, your spouse (if you are married), and your parents (if your parents' 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 a Tax Return and W-2s. (The Verification Worksheet is still required.)
The Verification Worksheets are available online. In some cases, additional documentation may be needed due to federal requirements. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.
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.
Check the status of your application and view a summary of aid awarded for the current award year online via the Student Portal. Your user name is your Social Security number, and your password is your six-digit date of birth.
When eligibility and need are determined, the Financial Aid office will attempt to meet the student's need based on the student's enrollment level and available funding. When awarded, students are emailed or mailed an award letter to their LWTech email address which indicates the financial aid program and the amount awarded quarter by quarter. It is important that students read all of the information on the award letter. Students ineligible to receive grant aid will be notified by email.
A student has the right to accept or decline any portion of an offered financial aid award. If a student wishes to decline or cancel an offered award, they may submit a written statement to the Financial Aid office indicating the award(s) they wish to decline.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
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