Funding Options

Thinking about funding college tuition, books, supplies, and all other living expenses can seem overwhelming. However, LWTech has various funding options that you should be aware of. Remember, different funding options might have eligibility requirements. Staff for each of the areas will be able to assist you with questions.

The Financial Aid department 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 apply by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) if unable to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status and meet one of the criteria below: 

  • Graduated (or will graduate before beginning college) from a Washington state high school, or obtained a GED diploma or certificate and lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since earning the high school diploma or equivalent, or
  • Have DACA status (whether current or expired) and meet Washington state residency requirements

Financial Aid is staffed to assist you with answering questions. Generally, you should apply early (at least one quarter in advance) for aid using the FAFSA application.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology's LWTech Foundation offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships open to students enrolled or enrolling at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in the fall and spring of each academic year. 

Scholarships generally come with eligibility requirements and scholarships can change over time. LWTech recommends that students never provide a company, or individual, personal contact information, social security number, or money to learn about scholarships.

The Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program provides aid to LWTech students receiving food stamps. BFET is a federally funded program. 

Students on BFET may receive:

  • Funding for books and supplies (up to $250/quarter)
  • Funding for tuition, if available (tuition is primarily paid through Financial Aid)
  • Childcare through Working Connections Childcare (DSHS)
  • Career and educational advising and planning

The Opportunity Grant Scholarship supports educational training for low-income students pursuing careers in high-wage, high-demand occupations.

Students in the Opportunity Grant Scholarship program may receive:

  • Tuition and fees for up to 45 credits 
  • Up to $1,000 per academic year for books and supplies
  • Career and educational advising and planning

The WorkFirst program provides aid to LWTech students receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from DSHS. WorkFirst is a federally funded program. 

Students on WorkFirst may receive:

  • Funding for books
  • Funding for tuition and fees (students are encouraged to apply for Financial Aid to determine PELL and state grant eligibility)
  • Career and educational advising and planning

The LWTech Worker Retraining program provides funding for eligible dislocated and unemployed workers in training or retraining that will assist them in regaining employment. 

Students in Worker Retraining may receive:

  • Tuition assistance (spring quarter awards are dependent on funding availability)
  • Funding for books and supplies 
  • Career and educational advising and planning
  • Priority registration
  • Assistance completing the CAT/TB application


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Federal Financial Aid Videos

For more information visit the federal student aid government website.