Financial Aid

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The Financial Aid office 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 may apply for most types of financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). Which application is the correct one for me?

Apply for Financial Aid Early

Because the FAFSA must be submitted each academic year (summer through spring), it is advised that students apply as soon as possible after October 1, before the year they will be attending LWTech (for example October 1, 2022 for attending during the 2023-2024 academic year). The Application Process page has detailed information on how to apply for financial aid. 

Apply by or before the priority deadline date for the quarter you wish to attend.

See above for current processing times.

FAFSA Application

Additional Financial Aid Forms

Ready Set GradThe Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is for people who are non-citizen students unable to file for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You must meet one of the two criteria listed 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
  • DACA (whether status is current or expired) students who meet Washington State residency requirements

I don't know if I qualify for WASFA.

Apply for WASFA Today!

Note: if you have completed the FAFSA, you have already applied for federal and state financial aid and do not need to complete the WASFA unless your college asks you to.

LWTech is committed to your success, and we recognize emergencies can sometimes get in the way. In order to keep you on track to graduate, limited emergency funding may be available to registered students who have a current financial emergency (not projected costs for your program).

While emergency funds are available each quarter, the college generally runs out of funds within the first few weeks of each quarter. It is rare that applications in excess of $2,000 are approved.

Apply for an Emergency Grant

For ongoing education expenses, please apply for financial aid whenever possible. Workforce Development (WFD) may provide assistance with tuition, books, advising, and individualized support services for those who qualify.

Office Hours and FAFSA/WASFA Assistance

Please check the status of your 2023/2024 award on the LionsLink Student View Login before attempting to contact the office with any questions. How-to-Training Guides can help you navigate LionsLink and view your financial aid status in our new system.

Regular Financial Aid Office Hours

  • see Extra Hours below for extended availability during the beginning of the quarter

Tuesdays

  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.* in W209
    • On the day before a holiday, the office closes at 4:30.
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Zoom (link below)

Wednesdays

  • 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in W209
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Zoom (link below)

Monday - Friday

  • Available by email (see message below)
    • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email

  • You may email financialaid@lwtech.edu with your question and we will respond to your question during business hours in the order in which it was received. We appreciate your patience during peak times as our response time may be delayed.
  • Please do not send duplicate messages as that may delay response times and slow down the processing time for financial aid awards.
  • Documents received will be posted within 5-7 business days; there is no need to email us to confirm receipt of documents.
  • For security and privacy reasons, we will only respond to e-mails that are from your preferred ctcLink e-mail address or your LWTech email address. There is no need to include your SID or SSN. 

Financial Aid Office Hours at beginning of the quarter

Friday before quarter begins

  • 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in W209
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Zoom (link below)

First 3 days of the quarter

  • 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.* in W209
    • *W209 open until 6 p.m. on Tuesday
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.** on Zoom (link below)
    • **Zoom open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday

First Friday of the quarter

  • 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in W209
  • 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Zoom (link below)

Zoom Information

Financial Aid Zoom Link (see hours above)

Using Zoom
  • Zoom can be used on a computer, tablet, with the link above.
  • You can call in via phone at (253) 215-8782
    • Meeting ID: 880 0714 0958
  • Zoom does not require registering for an account.
  • Visit Zoom.us/resources or Zoom help and how-tos for more information and help videos. 
  • You are not required to have your camera on to participate in the Zoom session.
  • Once logged in, please be patient, as we may be assisting others who entered the waiting room ahead of you. Please don't leave the waiting room; otherwise, you will be dropped from the queue and lose your place in line.

There are a few ways to receive assistance with your financial aid application:

  • The Financial Aid team can help you with your FAFSA or WASFA on Zoom on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.
  • Financial Aid Info Session and Completion Events
    • Presented by Northwest Education Access (NWEA), one of LWTech's community partners. NWEA can assist you with your financial aid application at the times and locations below. 
      • Contact Dafne Moreno for more info!
      • Drop-In Office Hours: Wednesdays 11 a.m - 3 p.m. in W207.
      • In-Person Sessions:
        • Tuesday, June 11th, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
          • Location: West Building, W403
      • Virtual Follow-up Session:
        • Thursday, June 13th, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
      • Support offered in English and Spanish.
      • Agenda Includes
        • Financial Aid Overview
        • FAFSA/WAFSA Walkthrough and Individual Support
        • Troubleshoot any challenges
        • Answering your questions
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  • Meanwhile, if you need assistance with your financial aid application, feel free to contact the Federal Processing Center at (800) 4-FED-AID for help with the FAFSA, or the Washington Student Achievement Council at (360) 753-7800 for help with the WASFA.

Please note, that you only need to fill out one application (FAFSA or WASFA), not both.

2023-2024 Application - What You Need

Summer Quarter 2023 through Spring Quarter 2024:

  • 2021 tax return
  • 2021 W2s
  • Parents' tax information if dependent
  • Non-filers may need to report 2021 untaxed income totals; please bring documentation with you
  • Students who are permanent residents will need to reference their permanent resident card number

2024-2025 Application  - What You Need

Summer Quarter 2024 through Spring Quarter 2025:

Please note: Before you can complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA application, each person whose information will be reported on the FAFSA (also known as a "contributor") will each need an established FSA ID to verify identity. For more information, please read more in the FAFSA Simplication Act section above.

Summer Quarter 2024 through Spring Quarter 2025:

  • 2022 tax return
  • 2022 W2s
  • Parents' tax information if dependent
  • Non-filers may need to report 2022 untaxed income totals; please bring documentation with you
  • Students who are permanent residents will need to reference their permanent resident card number

Financial Aid Application Resources

There are also many helpful articles and/or videos that can also give you the information you need to complete your application.  

Email Notifications

Financial Aid sends notices and communications by email to your preferred e-mail address in LionsLink. If you want to opt out of electronic communications, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

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