Scroll down for information about all the types of aid available at Lower Columbia College. Specific qualifications, requirements and deadlines apply.

Financial Aid

Pell Grants are the foundation of federal student financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added. Pell Grants are generally awarded only to undergraduate students; those who haven’t earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Amounts can change yearly.

Pell Grants are considered "gift aid" and do not require repayment provided you complete your courses. Eligibility for federal grants is determined by the Financial Aid Office after you have completed the financial aid application process.

  To qualify, students must apply for Financial Aid. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

SEOGs are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need; those with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC) numbers. Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority for SEOG awards.

The amount of the award is determined by the Financial Aid office. Unlike Pell Grants, the amount of SEOGs you receive depends not only on your financial need but also on the amount of other aid you get and the availability of funds.

SEOGs are considered "gift aid" and do not require repayment provided you complete your courses. Eligibility for federal grants is determined by the Financial Aid Office after you have completed the financial aid application process.

  To qualify, students must apply for Financial Aid. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

The Washington State Need Grant is another form of "gift aid" that doesn’t have to be repaid providing you complete your courses. This grant is available to Washington State residents with high financial need.

Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office after you’ve completed the financial aid application process.

  To qualify students must apply for Financial Aid. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

Eligibility for several Washington State financial aid programs has expanded to include students who are ineligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status.

Students who meet individual program, income, or residency requirements for the State Need Grant, the College Bound Scholarship, State Work Study, or Passport Scholarship should complete the free WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to apply for state financial aid.

  To qualify students must complete the free WASFA.

Lower Columbia College participates in the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program which provides the best benefits for students as borrowers.

This program is not a credit history based program. Both subsidized and unsubsidized loans are available.

Federal Direct Stafford loans are low-interest federal loans which require repayment.

  To qualify students must apply for Financial Aid. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

The Federal Parent PLUS loan program is a credit-based loan program available to qualifying parents.

If your parents are denied because of their credit rating, if you’re a dependent student (as defined by the FAFSA) you can usually borrow additional funds under this loan program.

Parent PLUS loans are low-interest federal loans which require repayment.

To qualify students must apply for the FAFSA before their parents can borrow money under this program.

The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge. 

In order to receive the scholarship, students must fulfill the pledge and be income eligible, as determined by their college with the information from their FAFSA or WASFA, be accepted to an eligible college and begin attending within one year of high school graduation, and be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, or have DACA status.

  Learn more at College Bound Pledge.

The Passport to College Promise program was created by the state of Washington in 2007 to help students from foster care attend and succeed in college.

Passport is a comprehensive program providing support to students from high school through higher education completion. Three primary components are administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC): 1) a student scholarship, 2) campus incentive funding to provide recruitment and retention services, and 3) a partnership with the College Success Foundation to provide support to students and training and technical assistance to campus staff.

  Learn more at Passport for Foster Youth Promise Scholarship Program.

Work study positions are challenging real-world opportunities that help students prepare for a career.

Students may work a maximum of 19 hours per week while attending LCC. Open positions are adjusted to meet students' academic schedules whenever possible. Student workers need to be punctual, enthusiastic, and professional, are expected to follow directions, and are encouraged be creative and resourceful when unstated work needs to be done. 

To qualify students must apply for Financial Aid. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

  Learn more at Student Employment.

 

Scholarships

The Lower Columbia College Foundation awards more than $250,000 in scholarship each year.

All students planning to attend LCC are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted several times a year through an easy online application process that allows students to apply for multiple scholarships at the same time. There is no cost to apply. Specific deadlines apply.

To qualify students must apply by the published deadline. Completion of the FAFSA is required.

  Learn more at LCC Scholarships.

Students are encouraged to pursue as many scholarship opportunities as possible. Some scholarships available outside of Lower Columbia College are posted online, and more scholarships are posted in the Financial Aid Office. Various deadlines apply.

To qualify students must apply according to the criteria listed.

  Learn more at Outside Scholarships.

 

Veterans Benefits

Lower Columbia College offers US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved educational programs to eligible veterans and eligible dependents of deceased or totally disabled veterans under Title 38 and Title 10, US Code:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill - Ch 33
  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) - Ch 30
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - 1606
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - 1607
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) - Ch 35
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) - Ch 31

  Learn more at Veterans Services.

 

Workforce Education

Visit www.startnextquarter.org to find out if you are eligible for any of the assistance programs listed below.

In a partnership with Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Lower Columbia College offers opportunities for vocational education and career development to low income students who qualify to receive, or are currently receiving, federally issued basic food benefits.

BFET can help You!

  • Access college
  • Train for a new career
  • Prepare for employment
  • Maintain basic food benefits

  Learn more at BFET.

A state funded program designed for students in professional/technical programs who are seeking to improve their skills and prepare for a high demand career.

Students who qualify for the Opportunity Grant may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition and fees, books, required supplies and/or tools for a maximum of 45 credits. Other supports are individualized. Opportunity Grant funds may be used with Pell Grant and Washington State Need Grant funds.

  Learn more at Opportunity Grant.

A state-funded program that provides job-related training and employment services to dislocated and unemployed workers to help them gain additional training in their existing field or get started on a new career path.

  Learn more at Worker Retraining

A Social and Health Services (DSHS) program designed to assist low-income families in achieving their educational and employment goals.

Students who qualify may be eligible to receive assistance with tuition and fees and textbooks, and receive case management support and other assistance.

  Learn more at WorkFirst

 

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