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Financial Aid


lowercolumbia.edu/finaid - 360.442.2390

See also: Financial Aid Handbook

More than half of LCC students receive some form of financial aid. These funds can be used to pay tuition and fees as well as other expenses such as books, supplies, rent, transportation, and other living expenses.


Who is eligible for financial aid?

To qualify for Financial Aid a student must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)

Other eligibility issues may be identified in the application process.


What financial aid is available?

Grants—Grants are need-based aid that generally does not have to be repaid. They include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Washington State Need Grant, College Bound Scholarship and Passport to College.

Work-Study Employment—Students can request a work-study job as part of their Financial Aid package. LCC staff will help students determine their eligibility. Students may work on or off campus for up to 19 hours a week while attending school. LCC participates in both the federal and state work-study programs. A limited number of student help jobs are also available. More information is available at lowercolumbia.edu/student-employment.

Loans—LCC offers Federal Direct Loans and parent (PLUS) loans up to the cost of attendance. The maximum loan amount awarded depends on student need, dependent status, and year in college. Students must complete loan counseling, a master promissory note and submit a loan worksheet. PLUS applicants use a separate loan application. For more information, contact the student loan coordinator at 360.442.2393

Scholarships—LCC's online scholarship application system allows students to apply for multiple scholarships with a single application. Awards vary from $500 to $5,000. Scholarship applications are typically available during spring quarter for the upcoming academic year. More information is available at lowercolumbia.edu/scholarships

Veterans—Resident veterans who served in a combat zone or who provided direct support to American soldiers in a combat zone may qualify for special tuition rates and other financial aid. Assistance with completing the process to apply for college funds, veteran’s health benefits and other help is provided by the Veterans’ Affairs Coordinator’s office. To get started, veterans need Copy #4 of their DD Form 214, Report of Separation from Active Service. For more information, contact the Veteran's Office at 360.442.2395.


How to apply for financial aid

Students apply for financial aid online through the LCC website. Computers are available for student use in the Admissions Center. Priority deadlines are set for each quarter to allow 3-6 weeks for an application to be processed. Priority dates are published at lowercolumbia.edu/finaid and in the LCC class schedule.

To receive financial aid, a student MUST complete the FAFSA
(Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  1. Visit lowercolumbia.edu/finaid/forms to get started. To complete the application, a student will need:
  • Social Security Number.
  • Income statements, tax or estimated income tax, bank statement. Visit FAFSA to learn more.
  • LCC’s federal school code: 003782
  1. Follow the instructions at fafsa.gov and complete the application.
  2. Applicants should check their status at LCC’s Financial Aid Portal and upload any requested documents. Do this at edu/finaid. The applicant will use their Social Security Number and birth date (mm/dd/yy) to log in the first time.

How to know if financial aid is awarded

Students will be notified of any financial aid awards through the Financial Aid Portal (see Step 3). Students should read their award notice carefully.

If a student applies for Financial Aid and registers for classes, it is assumed they are accepting the financial aid award. Students who decide not to attend LCC, must notify Financial Aid to cancel their award by Friday of the first week of classes.

The student should also review information about class changes or academic progress that might impact the award.


Maintaining financial aid eligibility

To continue receiving financial aid, students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards established by the applicable state and federal financial aid programs. Students who fail to meet these standards may be placed on financial aid warning or lose their financial aid. Students can review Satisfactory Academic Progress standards online at lowercolumbia.edu/finaid.


Reinstating financial aid eligibility

If financial aid eligibility was suspended at LCC, a student may request that their financial aid eligibility be reinstated once they have met the standards for reinstatement. Information about the reinstatement process is available in the Financial Aid Office.

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