Financial Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid doesn't have to be confusing. You just need to follow each step along the way.

NOTE: You must be admitted to the university to receive information from the Lewis University Office of Financial Aid Services. Please speak with your admission advisor to ensure you are enrolled as a degree-seeking student.

File your FAFSA beginning October 1, 2017
for 2018-19 Academic School year.

STEP ONE

  • Submit your Application for Admission to Lewis University.
STEP TWO

  • Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov - Lewis University's School Code is 001707.

  • Obtain your FSA ID number at www.fsa.ed.gov or create one at the time you complete your FAFSA.

  • For the 2018-19 FAFSA the Department of Education is recommending that families utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process when completing the FAFSA.

  • The U.S. Department of Education will process your FAFSA and e-mail your results to the email address listed for the student on the FAFSA.

  • The 2018-19 FAFSA will use the 2016 Federal Income Tax information.
STEP THREE

  • If you are selected for verification, additional documentation will be requested (e.g., IRS tax transcript, verification of child support, w-2's) by Lewis University. The IRS Data Retrieval process provides the student with the easiest way to meet the verification requirements for income.  Students can also upload any documentation to Financial Aid Office directly on their myLewis portal.

    NOTE: If you owe federal taxes on a filed tax return, you will be unable to utilize the IRS data retrieval process until April 15.
STEP FOUR

  • A Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to the student. The award letter outlines all financial aid, for which the student is eligible during the academic year.
STEP FIVE
  • After receiving your Financial Aid Award Letter, you must:

    • Accept your Financial Aid Award Letter online at myLewis.lewisu.edu.  The Award Letter Guide is available in a pdf under the Forms section of the Financial Aid site.
    • Complete the Entrance Counseling and Direct Stafford Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN).

      Here is a step-by-step guide to completing the documents.

      Note: Entrance Counseling, Direct Stafford Loan MPN, Parent PLUS Application, Parent PLUS MPN, Grad PLUS Application, and Grad PLUS MPN are completed on the same website.

FAFSA Tutorials

How to Create an FSA ID

FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents

Student Talk

Catie Cryder Catie Cryder

"The financial aid counselors at Lewis University were so helpful. They really helped me understand my options, and gave me practical advice I would have never thought of myself."