We begin processing aid applications for the upcoming school year each November. We begin mailing out award letters in November once the student financial aid file is complete and you have been admitted to the college. Only new students will receive a mailed letter, but all students can view their financial aid award via their WebOpus account.
Yes, you must complete a new FAFSA application for each academic year.
Fort Lewis College recommends you complete the FAFSA application no later than November 15 to be considered for the most financial aid available. It is still possible to complete the FAFSA after November 15, although your financial aid offered could be less when you file after November 15.
You will be considered for all federal, state and institutional aid; including grants, loans, and work-study employment.
The FAFSA application uses tax information from two years prior to the school year you are applying for. Therefore, you should have tax information available to use. We recommend that you use the IRS Data Retrieval tool (DRT) in the FAFSA application to obtain your tax information. This tool will download your tax information directly from the IRS into your FAFSA application. If you and/or your parents were not required to file a tax return you will be asked for other verification documents.
When you are enrolled in 12 credit hours or more (for undergraduate students; 9 credit hours for graduate students), financial aid automatically credits to your bill. After the bill is paid in full, any extra money will be available to you at the beginning of the term. You should bring at least enough money to purchase books and supplies, unless you are positive that your bill will be covered and enough extra money to buy books will be available right away.
Yes, however out-of-state students pay substantially higher tuition. There may not be ample resources available for out-of-state students with a low family income. This is especially true for students who miss our recommended early application date.
You should start researching scholarship opportunities as early as October for the school year beginning the following September. Click here to view institutional scholarship opportunities.
You must accept Federal Direct Loans or Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) electronically through WebOpus on the Fort Lewis College website. If you are a first time borrower at Fort Lewis College, you must also complete loan entrance counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note online. Parents must apply for the PLUS loan online and sign the Master Promissory Note. Please apply early for loans to allow processing time.
Go to the college Human Resource Office to confirm your eligibility to work in the United States by providing a driver's license and social security card, or other acceptable documents such as your birth certificate or U.S. passport. The documents must be originals, not photo copies. You will pick up your employment contract at the Office of Financial Aid. It must be signed by the supervisor of the department you will be working for, and returned to the Office of Financial Aid by Census. Click here for more information about the work study programs at Fort Lewis College.
Make sure that you are enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduate students). Contact the Office of Financial Aid to see if Fort Lewis College has received your FAFSA information and/or a check from your scholarship donor. Ask the Office of Financial Aid about your Satisfactory Progress status. Remember you must accept the Terms and Conditions of your financial aid electronically on your WebOpus account. Click here for instructions on how to do that.
Full time attendance for financial aid purposes is generally 12 or more credit hours per semester. You are expected to pass a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better each semester you receive any type of financial aid. Students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours may borrow student loans and receive a pro-rated Pell Grant, if eligible.
The Department of Education selects approximately 40% of financial aid applicants for verification. If you are selected for verification, we must receive and review documents to verify the data on your FAFSA before we can determine your eligibility for need-based aid. The following are examples of documents we may request:
The following web sites provide a variety of information about financial aid:
Loans must be paid back. Scholarships and grants do not need to be repaid, although a portion of "unearned" aid is subject to repayment if you withdraw before the midpoint of the term. Please see our Refund Policies for Return of Funds in the Financial Aid left side bar of the financial aid website for more detailed information.
Not necessarily. Your financial aid eligibility may be different due to: changes in family size or income, missing the recommended FAFSA submission date, not meeting the required criteria for renewal of your scholarship(s), or other circumstances.