Financial Aid

Financial Aid FAQs

Find the financial aid information you're looking for.

How do I check the status of my financial aid application?
Do I need to complete a FAFSA every year?
Can I take a leave of absence from Lewis without losing my financial aid?
Will my financial aid cover summer school programs?
Will my financial aid cover study abroad programs?
If my parents are divorced or separated, whose financial information would I use on my FAFSA?
Why does my sibling's financial aid eligibility differ so much from mine?
Do you offer aid packages for veterans?
If I become a commuter student next semester, will that affect my financial aid?
I have a credit balance on my account. How do I request a refund?
I have been selected for verification - what does this mean?
I would like to speak to a counselor in person. How can I make an appointment?



How do I check the status of my financial aid application?
Once you have completed your FAFSA, you should receive a confirmation e-mail from the Department of Education that your FAFSA has been processed. Lewis University usually receives your FAFSA within 2-4 business days from the time your FAFSA has been processed. We encourage students to check their online financial aid records for any additional documents that we may need in order to process your aid. This is also where you can view your awarded financial aid.

Do I need to complete a FAFSA every year?
Yes. Returning students must complete a FAFSA every year. In order to ensure you meet all federal, state and institutional deadlines, your FAFSA should be completed as soon after January 1 as possible.

Can I take a leave of absence from Lewis without losing my financial aid?
Students are allowed to stop-out for up to one year and keep their academic scholarship eligibility, provided they do not attend another university in that time. For all other aid types, a student must be enrolled as at least part-time status to be eligible.

Will my financial aid cover summer school programs?
Students who are enrolled in graduate or adult accelerated programs will be awarded automatically with their financial aid being distributed equally between the fall, spring and summer semesters. For traditional undergraduate students, summer aid eligibility is based on remaining aid eligibility not used in the fall and spring semesters, otherwise they may obtain a Parent PLUS loan for the summer session.

Will my financial aid cover study abroad programs?
Financial aid is available for some study abroad programs. Please check with the Office of Financial Aid Services for additional information.

If my parents are divorced or separated, whose financial information would I use on my FAFSA?
If your parents are divorced or separated, use the financial information of the custodial parent or the parent whom you have lived with the most over the past 12 months. In the case that you don't live with either parent, or have spent equal time with both parents, use the parent who has provided you with the most financial support over the past year.

Why does my sibling's financial aid eligibility differ so much from mine?
If you and your sibling attend different schools, the difference between the costs of attending each school could explain this. If you both attend Lewis University, the difference between each person's earnings and assets during the last calendar year as well as grade level may affect eligibility.

Do you offer aid packages for veterans?
Lewis is proud to be distinguished as a GI Jobs Military-Friendly University and a perennial member of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. Learn more about our scholarship offerings for qualified Post-9/11 veterans.

If I become a commuter student next semester, will that affect my financial aid?
Any decrease in your total cost of attendance could affect your aid eligibility and increase your need for additional loans. If a change in your commuting status does occur, you must inform the Office of Financial Aid Services right away.

I have a credit balance on my account. How do I request a refund?
Students may request a Credit Balance Refund through the Business Office. Credits will be applied to any outstanding accounts with the University before a refund is issued. Refund requests will be processed within 14 working days.

I have been selected for verification - what does this mean?
The Department of Education may randomly choose you for document verification, or in the case of conflicting aid information, Lewis University may as well. If you have been selected for verification, before we can continue processing your financial aid application, we will require:

  • Signed and completed Verification form
  • Signed Student's Federal Tax form
  • Signed Parent(s) Federal Tax form (dependent student)

Click here for information on how to request a federal tax transcript.

I would like to speak to a counselor in person. How can I make an appointment?
You can come into or call the Office of Financial Aid Services on the 1st floor of the LRC building at (815) 836-5263, Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm and request to speak with a counselor or make an appointment. Appointments can also be made through e-mail at finaid@lewisu.edu.