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Getting Your Aid

Use LCC School Code 003782 when you complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
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Who is eligible?

To qualify for financial aid you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with the Selective Service (if required)
  • Other eligibility issues may be identified in the FAFSA

What financial aid is available?

Grants, loans, work study employment and scholarships are available to help cover college costs. Special aid programs are also offered for veterans, dislocated workers, and first generation students.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Apply using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA determines which aid programs and the amount of aid for which you are eligible.

You must apply with the FAFSA even if you are only applying for student loans.

Follow instructions for

Your FAFSA will be electronically sent to the school 5-7 business days after you complete the form.

Your financial aid is not automatically renewed. You must apply for the FAFSA once per academic year. You do not need to reapply during an academic year even if you stopped attending one or more quarters.

How do I apply for LCC scholarships?

Lower Columbia College awards over $250,000 in scholarships every year.The online application process lets current and future students apply for multiple LCC scholarships with a single application. There is no cost to apply. The scholarship application process is separate from applying for financial aid. Scholarship applicants must complete the FAFSA before processing the scholarship application.

Is there a deadline to apply for financial aid?

Yes. You should complete your entire financial aid file by the Priority Deadlines listed below. Doing so gives you the best chance to receive all the financial aid you are eligible for by the first week of classes. It also allows for adequate processing time, and reduces the risk that grant funding will be depleted.

Students who receive an award that is more than the cost of their tuition and fees for the quarter, will also be mailed a check generally 1-2 business days prior to the start of the quarter.

Priority Deadlines are:


Quarter you want to attend Financial Aid Priority Deadline
Spring 2015 February 23, 2015
Summer 2015 May 27, 2015
Fall 2015 August 10, 2015
Winter 2016 November 23, 2015
Spring 2016 February 22, 2016







For all Priority Deadlines, along with other important dates, see Financial Aid Deadlines

How long does it take to receive an award?

The process takes at least 3 - 6 weeks to complete from the time all completed documents are received by the Financial Aid office. Documents includes:

  • Loan paperwork (if loan was requested)
  • Any additional documents or forms requested in the Financial Aid Portal

Completed financial aid applications are processed chronologically in the order they were completed.

How do I know if aid is approved?

You will be notified of the status of your financial aid award in the Financial Aid Portal. Check often and provide any requested documents. Read your award notice carefully. If you register for classes, we assume you are accepting your Financial Aid award.

How do I pay my tuition and get my check?

Your initial financial aid award is based on full-time enrollment. The amount of funds disbursed to you will be adjusted based on the actual number of credits you take (i.e. enrolled credits).

How do I receive a financial aid check?

See About Your Financial Aid Check.

If you change your course schedule after your tuition has been paid, be aware that you may be responsible for any new tuition or fee amounts.

Verify if any additional fees are owed

  • Log into Online Registration. Depending on when you changed your schedule, it may be possible to be reimbursed. To be eligible for reimbursement, make any necessary changes to your schedule before or by the 10th day of the quarter. Reimbursements take up to 7-10 days following financial aid adjustment.

How many credits do I have to enroll in to receive aid?


Type of Aid Minimum Credits
Pell Grant
1 credit
Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant
6 credits
Washington State Need Grant
3 credits
Work study
6 credits
Direct Loan 6 credits








What is my enrollment level?

To be considered full-time, you must take at least 12 credits during the term you register, including Summer Quarter.


Enrollment Level Minimum Credits
Full Time                                              12+ credits
3/4 Time
9 - 11 credits
1/2 Time
6 - 8 credits
Less than 1/2 time
1 - 5 credits
Direct Loan 6 credits