Application Process

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 may take up to 12 weeks from the date the aid application is complete, so it's important that you apply as early as possible! 

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.

Financial Aid Checklist

Download the Financial Aid Checklist

Admissions

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.

FAFSA

  • To apply for the 2017-2018 academic year (Summer quarter 2017 through Spring quarter 2018) complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA. You will need your 2015 tax/income information. 
  • LWTech's federal school code is 005373. It is recommended that you complete a FAFSA application electronically. This is the fastest method, and you will be able to receive your Student Aid Report much quicker. Paper FAFSA applications can be obtained online or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. Once the federal processor confirms your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report at your home address or email address if provided. If you have listed Lake Washington Institute of Technology on your FAFSA, LWTech's Financial Aid office will receive your electronic Student Aid Report.
  • Need help completing your FAFSA? A financial aid advisor at LWTech can help you apply online at one of our FAFSA online workshops.
  • At the end of the FAFSA, the student (and the dependent student's parent) signs electronically using his or her FSA ID. A student or parent without an FSA ID has the option to apply for a FSA ID, receive it instantly, and immediately use it to sign the FAFSA. If the student or parent chooses not to use an FSA ID to sign, he or she should print, sign, and mail a signature page to the Central Processing System. The student should be sure to submit the FAFSA after printing the signature page. If the student does not sign (either electronically or with a signature page) within 14 days of submitting the application, he or she will receive a Student Aid Report in the mail requesting the appropriate signatures. The student (and parent, if appropriate) must sign the Student Aid Report and return it to the FAFSA processor before the application can be processed and an Expected Family Contribution calculated.

Complete a Data Sheet

Ability to Benefit

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 the COMPASS test or completion of at least six regular program credits).
 

Verification Documentation

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 an IRS Tax Transcript (2014 for 2015/16 applications, and 2015 for 2016/17 applications) 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 an IRS Tax Transcript 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 at (425) 739-8106 or email the Financial Aid for more information.

Additional Documentation

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.

File Review

  • During the file review process, additional information may be needed to determine eligibility. If so, students will be notified by email or letter. It is important that any required information be submitted in a timely manner, as files may not be processed until they are complete. Completed files are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Awards will be based on available funding and the student's eligibility at the time the student's file is complete and correct. 
  • Due to federal and state regulations, the Financial Aid office cannot offer any aid until all required forms and documentation are received. If there is conflicting information, or if a student is selected for verification, the necessary documentation needed to resolve the conflicting information or to complete verification must be received before aid can be offered. It is important that students apply as early as possible to avoid any delays in receiving aid.
  • TO AVOID DELAYS IN PROCESSING OR NOTIFICATION, STUDENTS MUST NOTIFY THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE PROMPTLY OF ANY CHANGES IN ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER.
     

Student Portal

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.

Student Portal Login

 

Notification of Award

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 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. Please be sure that the Financial Aid office has your current email address and mailing address as award letters may not be forwarded. 

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.

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