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 in December for the 2024-25 academic school year. More information will be forthcoming regarding the New 2024-25 FAFSA process.


  • Submit your Application for Admission to Lewis University.


  • Complete the FAFSA at - Lewis University's School Code is 001707.
  • The U.S. Department of Education is recommending that families utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process (Step Three below) 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 2023-24 FAFSA is available Oct. 1 and will use the 2021 Federal Income Tax information (prior-prior year).


  • 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.


  • A Financial Aid Award Offer 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 Offer, you must:

    • Accept your Financial Aid Award Offer online at myLewis.  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).

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

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Morgan Mendiola

Secondary Education and Psychology major
Recipient of the A. Montgomery Ward Foundation Scholarship