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: 

  • Completion of a high school diploma or GED or equivalent, and have lived in Washington State for one year prior to starting classes at LWTech and signed a residency affidavit in the WASFA application or Enrollment Services office and qualify for in-state tuition OR
  • Have DACA status (whether current or expired) and meet Washington state residency requirements

Please review the Financial Aid webpage for deadlines and other important information. For questions, the webpage also lists current customer service hours and availability.

The scholarships webpage lists a variety of merit and need-based scholarships from organizations or donors for which you can apply. Lake Washington Institute of Technology's LWTech Foundation also offers scholarships to students enrolled or enrolling at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in the fall and spring of each academic year.

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.