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.

NEW >>> File your FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016.


  • Submit your Application for Admission to Lewis University.

  • Complete the FAFSA at - Lewis University's School Code is 001707.

  • Obtain your Personal Identification Number (PIN) at before completing your FAFSA or create one at the time you complete your FAFSA.

  • For the 2016-17 FAFSA the Department of Education is recommending that families utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process when completing the FAFSA. In order to utilize the data retrieval, tax returns should be submitted to and processed by the IRS.

  • The U.S. Department of Education will process your FAFSA and e-mail your results.

    Beginning in October 2016, the U.S. Department of Education has announced the following changes to the FAFSA which will affect millions of students. Students and families will be able to do the following:

    • Submit a FAFSA® earlier: Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is no change to the 2016-17 schedule; the FAFSA will become available January 1 as in previous years.)

    • Use earlier income information: Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • After receiving your Financial Aid Award Letter, you must 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."