Financial Aid Contact Information
Students interested in enrolling at LWT in the 480 Hour Combination Welder I Program or the 640 Hour Combination Welder II Program can apply for financial aid (must meet eligibility requirements).
Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to fill out an application or contact our financial aid department at 701-893-2295.
Eligibility Requirements for Financial Aid
There are eligibility requirements that must be met before a student can apply for financial aid and maintain their eligibility for financial aid.
• Have a High School Diploma, GED or acceptable home schooling documentation.
• Be enrolled in an eligible program.
• Complete all required documents/paperwork.
• Provide supporting documentation where required.
• Maintain a 2.0 GPA.
• Maintain a 95% attendance rate.
Any student convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs while receiving financial aid may become ineligible for aid depending on the type and number of convictions.
The school uses the Department of Education formula to determine loan eligibility:
Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution
The Expected Family Contribution is determined through the Federal Needs Analysis System using an assessment of the potential student/spouse/parent’s income and assets.
The Cost of Attendance is determined by each individual institution. A standard budget is developed using averages costs for a student during their enrollment. Actual costs will vary between students depending on their particular situations. To access LWT cost of attendance visit our net calculator at net calculator page.
Once the award is determined the financial aid officer will put together an “award package” for the student.
Financial Aid Verification
Any individual applying for financial aid may be randomly selected by the Department of Education for a review process called verification. LWT reserves the right to also select a student for verification to solve any conflicting information. The school will notify the potential student of the verification documents required and the time allowed to complete and return the documents to the school, via email or mail. Once all the required documents are completed and processed, the school will determine the amount of assistance available to the student.
The Higher Education Amendment of 1986 gives the Financial Aid Administrator the authority to make adjustments to the potential student budgets based on the Financial Aid Administrator’s own “professional judgement”. The potential student must submit documentation to the Financial Aid Administrator that will show the potential student’s extenuating circumstances. These documents will include an explanation of the reason(s) for the changes and present the adjustments made to the individual potential student’s need analysis. Examples of some documentations could include statements from the potential student, parents, accountant, banks, and social agencies. All verifications must be completed before professional judgement will be considered. A letter or email will be sent explaining the results of the professional judgement and any changes to aid package.
The Professional Judgement authority is a case by case basis. It is not a means to increase eligibility “across the board”.
Dependency overrides are on a case by case basis. If any potential student is in a situation where dependency override is needed the potential student will need to submit in writing and provide documentation to prove why he or she believes dependency override is needed. The Financial Aid Administrator will inform the student in writing if the dependency override is approved.
Federal Direct Loans (William D. Ford)
Direct Loans are low interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student’s education. There are two types of Direct Loans: Subsidized and Unsubsidized. To qualify you must be enrolled in the 480 Hour Combination Welder I Program Course or the 640 Hour Combination Welder II Program. You must first complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online to see if you qualify. Repayment begins six months after graduation or date you cease to be a student. LWT is eligible to award the Federal Pell Grant Program (640 Hour Combination Welder II Program only), Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and Parent’s Plus for Undergraduate students which are administered by the Department of Education.
Subsidized loans are for students with demonstrated financial need, as determined by federal regulations. No interest is charged while a student is in school at least half-time, during the grace period, and during deferment periods.
An unsubsidized loan is not based on financial need; interest is charged during all periods, even during the time a student is in school and during grace and deferment periods.
An additional type of Direct Loan called Parents Plus is available to parents of a dependent student. Plus Loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods. A credit check will be done so a parent cannot have an adverse credit history. If your application is denied your student may be eligible to borrow an additional Unsubsidized Loan.
Federal Pell Grant Program
Combination Welder II Program is the only program eligible for Federal Pell Grants. Combination Welder I Program is eligible for Direct Loans only.
The Federal Pell Grant program is a grant program where the students do not have to repay the grant money earned. Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. A perspective student is not eligible for Pell Grants if he/she is incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or subject to involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.
The amount of Grant monies a student may receive depends on their financial need, Cost of Attendance, full-time/part-time (all students at LWT are full time), and academic year and program length.
A student may not receive Federal Pell Grants from more than one school at a time. Effective July 1, 2012 a student is not eligible to receive Pell Grants for more than 12 semesters, roughly 6 years.
Click here for more information visit: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell.
Other Funding Sources
Loans: For those who do not qualify for Title IV funding or have needs in excess than the funds awarded by the school may be eligible for a loan through their local bank.
Trade Adjustment Act (TAA), Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the North America Federal Trade Act (NAFTA): These are federal programs for dislocated workers. Check with your local Unemployment Office for more information on these programs. The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has a specific program for youth up to the age of 24.
GI Bill® funding: LWT’s 120 hour classes and higher are approved for Veterans education benefits on the GI Bill® (including Chapter 31 VA Vocational Rehabilitation). Veterans may, in some situations, transfer their GI Bill® benefits to their Children or Spouse. For more information, go to https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
If you’re a Service member, Veteran, or family member interested in education and training opportunities, you can apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You can also manage your current benefits. To apply for benefits, visit www.vets.gov or www.ebenefits.va.gov.
Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program (TA): If you are an active member in the military, you may be eligible for TA Program through the DoD. Prior to enrollment soldiers should talk with their Education Counselors. Army students can create an account to check eligibility status on www.goarmyed.com.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Operates under contract with most states. Check with your local Vocational Rehabilitation office for more information.
Motivational Educational Training, Inc. (MET, Inc.): MET offers employment and training assistance in a service area that includes 5 States-Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming. Eligible individuals must have been previously employed in agriculture. For more information visit: www.metinc.org.
Steps to Receive Financial Aid
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
This can be done in 1 of 4 ways.
- Online at www.fafsa.gov
- FAA Access to CPS online. The school submits this at https://faaaccess.ed.gov or through EDExpress. The signature page must be printed and the student/parent must sign. These signature pages must be kept by the school even if the student doesn’t receive aid from your school.
- Paper FAFSA
- FAFSA on the phone. Call 1-800-433-3243 and tell the representative that they want to fill out the FAFSA by phone. Typically takes about an hour and they will receive a paper copy within 7-10 days and then they need to sign it and return it. Not a preferred way to apply.
Please Note: It is recommended to create an FSA ID when filling out FAFSA to be able to correct information if needed or for ease of use.
For Direct Loans, borrowers must complete the following before any Direct Loan Disbursements can be made:
Complete Entrance Counseling:
A student must complete entrance counseling before receiving any Direct Loans from the Department of Education. This can be done online at www.studentloans.gov. You will need your FSA ID to access this counseling. This is an interactive session that provides tips and tools on managing your student loan debt and understanding your loan responsibilities.
Complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN):
A student must complete the MPN before receiving any Direct Loans from the Department of Education. This can be done online at www.studentloans.gov. You will need your FSA ID to access the MPN. This is a legally binding contract between you and the Department of Education and contains the terms and conditions of your loan. Please read the promissory note in full before you sign it.
Prior to Graduating
A student must complete exit counseling before graduating or leaving school. This can be done online at www.studentloans.gov. You will need your FSA ID to access this counseling. The exit counseling explains your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.
Title IV Funds Disbursement
Per the Department of Education, financial aid monies are distributed into two separate disbursements.
Federal loan monies are disbursed to the school via EFT and then distributed to the students account by the business office. Any excess proceeds from disbursements will be made to student in the form of a check within 3 business days. If disbursement day lands on a Federal Holiday excess proceeds will be disbursed within 3 days after the Federal Holiday.
For first time borrowers, the disbursement is distributed 30 calendar days after the first day of class and the second disbursement is distributed after the student has successfully completed half of the program, providing the student is passing SAP.
Students who have previously received financial aid will have the first disbursement of financial aid monies on the start of class and the second disbursement is distributed after the student has successfully completed half of the program, providing the student is passing SAP.
All Federal Pell Grant funds will be disbursed to the student accounts as follows: the first disbursement is on the first day of class and the second disbursement is distributed after the student has successfully completed half of the program, providing the student is passing SAP.
Title IV Funding Completion Policy
To successfully complete a program eligible for Title IV funding a student must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete the program in a specified time frame. The time frame is mandated at 1.5 times the published program length. The maximum allowable time to complete the 480 Hour Combination Welder I Program is 720 Hours or 18 weeks. The maximum allowable time to complete the 640 Hour Combination Welder II Program is 960 Hours or 24 weeks.
Return of Title IV Funds Policy
Schools are required to determine the earned and unearned portion of Title IV aid when a student withdraws before the course completion date. Federal Law determines how a school calculates the amount of Title IV funding that a student has earned prior to withdrawal from a clock hour program. This is done by dividing the clock hours scheduled to have been completed as of the withdrawal date in the period by the total clock hours in the period. If the amount is greater than 60% then 100% of Title IV assistance has been earned. If the amount is less than or equal to 60%, the percentage of Title IV aid earned is multiplied by the amount of aid disbursed and that could have been disbursed. LWT considers the withdrawal date as the last date of attendance.
If a student has received less Title IV aid than the amount earned LWT will complete a Post-Withdrawal Disbursement. The school will notify the student or parent (for a Direct Parent Plus) prior to making a post-withdrawal disbursement of loan funds within 30 days of the withdrawal date determination by the school.
If a student received more Title IV funds than were earned, the student, the school, or both must return the funds to the Department of Education. If funds are returned to the Department of Education by the school, the student may owe outstanding fees or tuition to the school. A school returns Title IV funds to the programs from which the student received aid up to the net amount disbursed from each source. LWT is eligible to award Title IV funds from the Federal Pell Grant Program, the Direct Loan program and the Direct PLUS Loan program only. The Department of Education specifies that a school return funds is a specific order, up to the net amount disbursed from each source and for LWT the order is Unsubsidized Direct Loan, Subsidized Direct Loan, the Federal Pell Grant Program, and the Direct PLUS Loan.
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Cost of Attendance Combination Welder I Program 2017-2018 Award Year
Cost of Attendance Combination Welder II Program 2017-2018 Award Year
Lynnes Welding Training Scholarship with the AWS Foundation, Inc. That scholarship is open from November 1st, 2017 and closes on May 1st, 2018. Check with either LWT location for a copy and requirements, or click here: LWT Scholarship Application 2017-2018.
AWS Scholarships: The AWS offers multiple scholarship funds that, once awarded, are payable directly to the school to which you have been accepted. It will cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies and related institutional costs.
To apply for a District Scholarship visit: www.aws.org/about/page/district-scholarships That scholarship is open from November 1st, 2017 and closes on May 1st, 2018.
To apply for a Welder Training Scholarship visit: https://www.aws.org/library/doclib/Welder-Training-Scholarship-Application-2018.pdf The AWS Welder Training Scholarships will be available year round (January 1-December 31) until the District awards the designated $10,000 for the year.
2018 Praxair AWS Application is available here or through either LWT school. Contact us for more information. It is available until July 1st.
The Real DEAL Scholarship through the Bank of ND. Applications will be accepted August 16, 2017—February 29, 2018. Visit and apply at: https://bnd.nd.gov/tag/scholarships/
Scholarship America: Dollars for Scholars. Scholarship America’s mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary success possible for all students. Visit: http://scholarshipamerica.org/ for more information on scholarships available in your area. Students are invited to apply for scholarships between January 1 and April 1 each year.
Applies to all students including third party funding agencies. Unless using monies from tuition assistance (TA) from the Department of Defense (DoD), please refer to the TA from the DoD Refund Policy.
Combination Welder II Program 640 hours
- All tuition must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is within 7 calendar days after completion of the first instructional day.
- All tuition except 25% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is prior to the completion of one-fourth of the instructional days in the student’s course (prior to day 20).
- All tuition except 50% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is after completion of one-fourth of total instructional days in the student’s course (day 21), but prior to the completion of one-half of the instructional days of the student’s course (day 40).
- No tuition will be refunded when the date of withdrawal/termination is after the completion of fifty percent of the instructional days in the student’s course (any day after day 41).
Combination Welder I Program 480 hours
- All tuition must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is within 7 calendar days after completion of the first instructional day.
- All tuition except 25% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is prior to the completion of one-fourth of the instructional days in the student’s course (prior to day 15).
- All tuition except 50% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is after completion of one-fourth of total instructional days in the student’s course (day 16), but prior to the completion of one-half of the instructional days of the student’s course (day 30).
- No tuition will be refunded when the date of withdrawal/termination is after the completion of fifty percent of the instructional days in the student’s course (any day after day 31).
Any refund monies due shall be refunded to the individual/lender/agencies within 30 days from the last day of attendance. Further information regarding return of funds may be obtained from LWT’s Financial Aid Office.
INDIVIDUAL SKILL TRAINING COURSES
GMAW & Pipe Welding Course(s) (Stick or TIG) 200 hours
- All tuition except 25% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is prior to the completion of one-fourth of the instructional days in the student’s course (prior to day 7).
- All tuition except 50% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is after completion of one-fourth of total instructional days in the student’s course (day 7), but prior to the completion of one-half of the instructional days of the student’s course (day 12).
- No tuition will be refunded when the date of withdrawal/termination is after the completion of fifty percent of the instructional days in the student’s course (any day after day 13).
GMAW, GTAW, SMAW Welding Course(s)120 hours
- All tuition except 25% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is prior to the completion of one-fourth of the instructional days in the student’s course (prior to day 3).
- All tuition except 50% must be refunded to the student when the date of withdrawal/termination is after completion of one-fourth of total instructional days in the student’s course (day 4), but prior to the completion of one-half of the instructional days of the student’s course (day 7).
- No tuition will be refunded when the date of withdrawal/termination is after the completion of fifty percent of the instructional days in the student’s course (any day after day 8).
TA FROM THE DoD REFUND POLICY
For any student withdrawing from school who is receiving TA from the DoD, the school will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through the 60% portion of the Combination Welder I Program for which the funds were provided. TA funds will be earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds being returned based upon when a student stops attending school.
If a refund is owed, LWT will refund the TA from the DoD within 30 days after the:
- Date of cancellation by student of his enrollment;
- Date of termination by the student of the enrollment of a student;
- Last day of an authorized leave of absence if a student fails to return after a period of authorized absence; or
- Last day of attendance or a student, whichever in applicable
Combination Welder I Program 480 hours
- When notice is received to, or within seven days after completion of the first day of instruction, all TA must be refunded to the DoD.
- When notice is received prior to the completion of one-fourth of the educational services (prior to day 18), all TA except 25% thereof must be refunded to the DoD.
- When notice is received upon or after completion of one-fourth of the educational services (day 19), but prior to the completion of one-half of the educational services (day 35), all TA except 50% thereof must be refunded to the DoD.
- When notice is received upon or after the completion of sixty percent of the educational services (any day after day 36), no tuition will be refunded to the DoD.
Any refund monies due shall be refunded to the DoD within 30 days from the last day of attendance. Further information regarding any applicable return of funds may be obtained from LWT’s Financial Aid Office.
The school agrees to accept cancellations and make refunds according to the following policies:
A. All monies paid by an applicant will be refunded if the applicant is rejected by the school.
B. All monies paid by an applicant must be refunded if requested within three days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment.
C. Students who have not visited LWT prior to enrollment will have the opportunity to withdraw without penalty within three days following either the regularly scheduled orientation procedures or following a tour of the facilities and equipment.
D. An applicant requesting cancellation more than three days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment, but prior to entering the school, is entitled to a refund of all monies paid minus a registration fee of $150.
Any monies due to an applicant shall be refunded within 30 days from cancellation or failure to appear on or before the first day of class.
Personal property left on LWT premises will be disposed of within 2 weeks of last day attended, unless otherwise arranged.
Official Withdrawal of Student
A student must notify the Admissions Office in writing of their intention to withdraw from the program they are enrolled in and the reasons for the withdrawal. For purposes of determining the earned and unearned portion of Title IV aid and all other funding, the school will consider the last date attended as the withdrawal date.
Unofficial Withdrawal of Student
Unofficial Withdrawal is when the student does not notify the school of their intention to withdraw and just stops attending. The school considers the withdrawal complete when the student has reached their maximum number of missed instructional hours or 3 instructional days of no call no show, whichever comes first and has had no further contact with the school. For purposes of determining the earned and unearned portion of Title IV aid and all other funding, the school will consider the withdrawal date when the missed instructional days have maxed or the instructional day after the 3rd instructional day of no call no show.
If any student should withdraw at any time for any of the following reasons the tuition shall be fully refunded:
- Involuntary call to active military duty
- Death of the student or death in the immediate family
- Illness of such duration and severity that completion of the term is precluded
- Exceptional circumstances
All refunds will be mailed to the student’s address on file within 30 days of the date the school determined the student withdrew/terminated.
Any return of Title IV aid is to be returned within 45 days of the withdrawal date.
Full refunds shall be made to the student if a course is officially cancelled by the school or if a student is denied admission to a course by the school.
Ineligibility for Drug Offenses
Convictions for drug related offenses only apply to a student if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Federal Student Aid. Listed below is the period of ineligibility for FSA funds:
Possession of illegal drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction
3+ Offense Indefinite period
Sale of illegal drugs
1st Offense 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense Indefinite period
A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he completes a qualified rehabilitation program or successfully completes 2 unannounced drug tests given by the program. Further drug convictions will make them ineligible again.
Financial Aid Loan & Grant Information
Loan and Grant Information by the Department of Education
Financial Aid Code of Conduct
At Lynnes Welding Training, Inc. we are committed to providing our students with the highest standard of service and assistance in their education path. In compliance with the Department of Education, Lynnes Welding Training, Inc. abides by the following Code of Conduct.
At Any given time, no employee at Lynnes Welding Training, Inc. will enter into a revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender. Employee’s in the financial aid department shall not accept any gifts from a lender, a guarantor, or a loan servicer. Gifts include, but not limited to; loans, gifts, discounts, or items of monetary value. Contracting arrangements providing financial benefit from any lender or affiliate of a lender is prohibited. Employees of the financial aid department will not direct borrowers to a particular lender, or refuse or delay loan certifications. Lynnes Welding Training will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds for private loans. Lynnes Welding Training will not accept assistance from any lender in staffing or call center staffing.
Along with the financial aid department employees, the Program Advisory Committee shall not receive any gifts or items of value from a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors.
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Repayment, Delinquency & Default
To start the repayment process, all Financial Aid Students must complete Exit Counseling on the studentloans.gov website.
Exit Counseling is required to be completed the week prior to graduation. The Financial Aid Administrator will send out a letter of reminder to all financial aid student. If Exit Counseling is not completed the student will not be able to graduate. If a financial aid student withdrawals or takes a LOA he/she must complete Exit Counseling first.
During the Exit Counseling activity the student will set up their initial repayment plan. Payments will start 6 months after graduation.
Students should Register on the NSLDS Student site to update contact information and see all their Federal Loan information.
There are several repayment plans, if the student does not choose one he/she will be placed on the Standard Repayment Plan that will schedule you to have your loans paid off in 10 years. Click here to read more information on repayment plans. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans
If the student is in repayment and has a life event where he/she cannot make their payments, the student must stay in contact with the loan servicer. The loan servicer will work with the student to set up a payment schedule that works best or see if deferment might be an option. Keeping in mind federal loans will still accrue interest during deferment. Contacting the loan servicer before going delinquent or go into default is key.
Delinquency: Loan becomes delinquent the first day after a missed payment. The student must contact their loan servicer to clear up any delinquent interest charges before the loan becomes up to date again. When delinquency goes 90 days past due with no payment this delinquency will be reported to all 3 major credit bureaus.
Default: Loans goes into default when delinquency has gone past 270 days without making a payment. If the student goes into default the Department of Education can garnish wages and take the loan amounts that are due from the students tax refund. To see all consequences for going into Default please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/default#default.