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Washington College Grant (formerly the Washington State Need grant), state and federal work- study jobs, scholarships, and institutional aid. Depending on the time of the year, it may take weeks or months to process a file; therefore, it is important to submit all required paperwork on time and timely respond to all requests from the Financial Aid Office if they ask for more documentation. Please see the Financial Aid webpage for a message regarding current processing time. Students may check the status of their application online by using the Financial Aid Student Portal.
The Financial Aid department also assists Veterans applying for Veteran’s educational benefits. Learn more by visiting the Veteran Success Center Information Site.
Financial Aid Eligibility
To be eligible for financial aid:
• Apply each year; the financial aid award year is from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.
Students must re-apply each year for aid. Students may apply beginning October 1 for
the following award year.
• Attend LWTech for the express purpose of obtaining an eligible degree or certificate, for
most types of aid.
• Be a citizen of the United States or an eligible non-citizen.
• Non-citizen students unable to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA),
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.
o CompletionofahighschooldiplomaorGEDorequivalentinWashingtonState, and have lived in Washington State for three years prior to and continuously since earning a high school diploma or GED or equivalent, or;
o DACA(whetherstatusiscurrentorexpired)studentswhomeetWashington State residency requirements.
• Achieve and maintain satisfactory academic progress in the chosen program of study as defined by the financial aid satisfactory academic progress policy;
• Not be in default on any previous student loans or owing a refund on any grants;
• A high school diploma or equivalent such as a GED is generally required to receive aid; however, students without a high school diploma or GED may receive aid under certain
conditions if they meet Ability to Benefit requirements.
• Students with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from the United State or a foreign
country are not eligible for most federal or state grants but may receive assistance from student loans, work-study, or scholarships where available.
Need Determination
Need determination is the amount of assistance received based on the student’s demonstrated need, determined by the completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).
Attendance Costs
Student budgets estimate expenses for a nine-month academic year, or three quarters. This budget determines a student’s financial need. Budgets include standard, or average, expenses for a student’s cost of attendance. Indirect educational expenses (room/board, transportation, food, etc.) are based on averages for Washington State students; as determined by the Washington Financial Aid Association. Direct educational expenses are an average of tuition, fees, and other college costs.

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