First step to applying for financial aid begins with completing the FAFSA!

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the United States Department of Education each year to apply for financial aid at Fort Lewis College. If it is your first time to complete a FAFSA application you will first need to apply for an FSA ID - user name and password prior to filling out the FAFSA.

Do list Fort Lewis College on the FAFSA to ensure that we receive your information. The Fort Lewis College federal school code is 001353. If you are a Colorado resident for tuition purposes, apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF) stipend also.

We will award financial aid on a first-come, most-in-need basis; therefore, it is important to meet the suggested FAFSA submission deadlines to be considered as an early applicant.

Listed below are the suggested FAFSA application submission dates and time period and tax year for upcoming FAFSA applications for students starting an academic year in the Fall term. If the student starts the academic year during the Spring semester, we recommend they complete the FAFSA by the September preceding the spring semester.

School Year

FAFSA Available

Suggested FAFSA Filing Date

Which Year’s Income and Tax Information Is Required


October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020 November 15, 2018 2017
2020-21 October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021 November 15, 2019 2018


Late applicants may still be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and/or a Federal Direct Loan, but limited need-based funds may not be available for late applicants.

Your financial aid file is complete when all required documents are in our office, all discrepancies have been resolved and you have been accepted to Fort Lewis College as a degree-seeking student.

If you transfer to Fort Lewis College from another post-secondary institution your financial aid does not transfer with you. If you did not originally list Fort Lewis College on your FAFSA, you may add Fort Lewis College to your FAFSA online. If you and/or your parents have taken out loans, cancel them at the previous institution and re-apply through Fort Lewis College.

Students must be degree seeking, accepted into the Teacher Licensing Program, accepted as a prerequisite student, or accepted into the college graduate program to be considered for financial aid.

Undergraduate students are expected to graduate once they have met their program requirements. Students are no longer eligible for aid once they have met their degree requirements. If the Financial Aid Office discovers that a student is taking courses not required for the degree, their financial aid will be recalculated based only on the credit hours that meet their degree requirements. Students who are accepted to Fort Lewis College, who have already earned a bachelor's degree, are limited to student loan funding.

Part-time students may qualify for a reduced Federal Pell Grant. A student enrolled in at least six credit hours per term may also be eligible for the Federal Direct Loan. Part-time students must be degree seeking or enrolled in the Teacher Licensing Program to be eligible for financial aid.

Summer enrollment is more discretionary than academic year attendance. Therefore, we offer most of our aid for those attending Fall and/or Spring semesters. Due to fund limitations, financial aid for those attending Summer is generally limited to Federal Pell Grant and Direct Loan programs.


Eligibility Requirements

You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for financial aid such as:

  1. United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. Admitted to Fort Lewis College
  3. Enrolled in a degree-seeking program or the Teacher Licensing Program
  4. Not in default on a student loan or owe an over-payment of a federal grant

You certify the following when you complete and sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • The information provided on the FAFSA is true and complete
  • All aid funds will be used for direct and indirect educational expenses only.
  • You will not receive a Federal Pell Grant at more than one school for the same time period.
  • The Secretary of Education has authority to verify information on the FAFSA with the Internal Revenue Service.