Generally, students are eligible for financial aid if they meet the following conditions:
Because of limited funds, students will be awarded as full time (12 or more credits) initially. If there is a change in enrollment status, the Financial Aid office will adjust the student's award accordingly.
Aid will be awarded or pro-rated (reduced) according to the following enrollment levels:
Full time: 12 credits or more
Three-quarter time: 9-11 credits
Half time: 6-8 credits
Less than half time: 1-5 credits
If you are a recipient of the Washington State Need Grant, there are five special conditions, listed below, with which you must comply. If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid office.
You may choose to voluntarily make financial contributions to the Washington Student
Achievement Council in recognition of the assistance that you received. All voluntary
contributions will be used to provide financial assistance to other students. Please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students receiving financial aid are required to make satisfactory academic progress.
Since satisfactory progress is a financial aid eligibility requirement, all quarters and all credits must be considered regardless of whether financial aid
was received. The Financial Aid office's satisfactory progress requirements for financial aid,
worker retraining, training completion aid, Work-First tuition assistance, and most
veterans' benefits recipients are summarized below.
All students must be in good standing with the college and maintain a minimum quarterly and cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0. Students failing to meet this standard will be placed on "warning" status for one quarter.
Students must complete the minimum number of credits required for the enrollment level they attempt each quarter. Enrollment levels at LWTech are:
Students who complete at least 50%, but less than the minimum number of credits required for the enrollment level attempted in a quarter, will be placed on "warning status" for one quarter. Students who complete less than 50% of credits (or all credits for less than half-time students) for the minimum enrollment level attempted in a quarter will be placed on suspended status and are ineligible for further aid.
Students must complete at least 67% of credits attempted, measured cumulatively, to meet pace of progression requirements. Pace of progression is based on the total cumulative credits completed versus cumulative credits attempted for the student's program.
Pace of progression is evaluated at the end of each quarter and is based on the cumulative credits completed divided into the cumulative number credits attempted. Students must meet a minimum 67% completion rate for their program. Students who fail to meet the pace of progression standard will be placed on "warning" status for one quarter.
Students have a maximum time frame for completing a program of study:
Students failing to meet satisfactory progress requirements as noted above will be placed on warning or have their aid suspended. Students on warning or probation must meet all applicable satisfactory progress requirements in the next quarter to regain good standing.
Students are no longer eligible for aid at LWTech when one of the following occurs:
*Students receiving aid are subject to federal and state refund and repayment regulations, as well as the college's own refund policy.
A student who has not attended any class is not eligible for aid in that quarter.
Aid may be reinstated for students on suspension under the following conditions:
The credits required for reinstatement must be completed at LWTech and the student must meet all applicable satisfactory academic progress requirements (including qualitative, quantitative, pace of progression, and maximum time frame) during the make-up period. Awarding of financial aid for students whose aid is reinstated is on a funds-available basis only.
Students who fail to meet minimum satisfactory progress standards may be ineligible for financial aid. In some cases, there may be extraordinary circumstances (beyond the student's control) that may be considered. A written petition, along with supporting documentation, must be submitted to the Financial Aid office to appeal a satisfactory academic progress suspension. Students must identify the unusual or extraordinary circumstance beyond their control, and how the situation has been resolved in their petition.
Students whose petition has been approved will be placed either on probation or an academic plan. Students on probation who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress, or a student on an academic plan who fails to meet the conditions of the plan, will be placed on suspended status and are no longer eligible for aid. The Financial Aid office reserves the right to determine continued eligibility. Appeal decisions are final. Awarding of financial aid for students whose appeals are approved is on a funds-available basis only.
Students who do not complete all classes funded by aid in a quarter are subject to satisfactory academic progress requirements and federal and state refund and repayment regulations for financial aid, as well as the college's own refund policy. Students must attend classes funded by financial aid. If attendance cannot be documented for the minimum enrollment level funded, aid may need to be re-calculated and the student may owe a repayment to an aid program.
*For students who have received federal or state aid and have withdrawn before 60% of the quarter has been completed, aid eligibility must be reviewed and re-calculated on a pro-rated basis as appropriate. Students are also subject to the college's own refund policy.
DUE TO THIS REQUIREMENT, STUDENTS WHO WITHDRAW EARLY MAY OWE A REFUND OR REPAYMENT OF AID.
Refunds for dropping individual classes funded by aid are determined by the college's tuition refund policy (link to this policy) and regulatory requirements. A copy of the Financial Aid office's refund policy is available upon request.