Applying for Financial Aid

If you plan to attend the SUMMER 2016 semester you need to have a completed 2015-16 FAFSA application on file, and you must complete a Summer 2016 Aid Request Form, which is available on the Office of Financial Aid website. Summer award notifications will be emailed to the student’s Fort Lewis College email account once the request form is processed. Students accept Summer awards through their college WebOPUS account.

If you are applying for Financial Aid for Fall and/or Spring 2016-17 you must complete the 2016-17 FAFSA, which is available on the FAFSA website.

  • If the Office of Financial Aid does not need additional information from you after your FAFSA has been processed, an official Award letter will be mailed to you.
  • If the Office of Financial Aid does needs additional information from you, then you can view your “estimated” award amounts in your WebOPUS account. A link to the form(s) and/or directions about your outstanding requirements can be viewed in your WebOPUS account.

Students should visit the Office of Financial aid website for “How to” instructions on checking their financial aid file and accepting their financial aid. CHECK YOUR FORT LEWIS COLLEGE EMAIL OFTEN. The financial aid office emails students if they have outstanding requirements.     

Financial Aid Counselors

Check in with the Office of Financial Aid to learn about the terms and conditions of your awards, or to receive additional guidance.  You are assigned a financial aid counselor based on the first letter of your last name:

Student's last name begins with: Counselor
A - D Diana Longwell
Financial Aid Counselor
970-247-7106 | Email
E – K Sue Ruetschle
Loan Coordinator
970-247-7105 | Email
L - R Manuel Gant
Financial Aid Counselor
970-247-7302 | Email
S – Z Jed Gilden
Financial Aid Counselor
970-247-7102 | Email

To speak with your financial aid counselor, stop by 101 Miller Student Services or call (970) 247-7142 or toll-free at (800) 352-7512. Financial Aid counselors are available 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Accepting Financial Aid Packages

To accept your financial aid go to theFort :

  • Login to your account with your username and password
  • Choose "WebOPUS" from the left column
  • Click on "Financial Aid" tab
  • Click on "My Award Information" tab
  • Click on "Terms and Conditions" tab. Read the term and conditions and click "I accept" at the bottom of the page, which only accepts the terms and conditions of receiving financial aid, not the actual awards.
  • Once you click accept you will then see your awards. Now you can accept the offered aid you want. You may notice that certain types of aid are already accepted on your behalf.

REMEMBER, make sure your financial aid file is complete. Financial aid will not be pay unless your financial aid file is complete. To view your outstanding requirements go to theFort:

  • Login to your account with your username and password
  • Choose "WebOPUS" from the left column
  • Click on the "Financial Aid" tab
  • Click on "My Overall Status of Financial Aid"
  • Select your appropriate aid year
  • Click on the outstanding requirement shown to view directions or to be linked to the needed form(s)