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Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWIT)

TRiO Transfer VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1

Dates To Remember

Quarterly Newsletter

SPRING 2013

Spring Quarter 2013 Transfer Fair

 May 7, 2013

Advising Day for Summer/Fall quarter

 May 15, 2013

Transfer fair at LWIT from 10am - 1pm

College North Seattle Community College Shoreline Community College Bellevue College Lake Washington Institute of Technology

 May 29, 2013

Last day to withdraw from Spring quarter

 June 14, 2013

Commencement Ceremony— Lynnwood Convention Center

Notes

 FAFSA is now

available on Twitter. Follow FAFSA by clicking on the logo

 If you are interested in transferring to a 4-year college or university, contact Tien Do today

Tacoma Community College Seattle Central Community College South Seattle Community College Cascadia Community College Everett Community College

Spring Quarter Date Note: Click on each institution link to the 5/7/2013 left to be directed to 5/8/2013 the institution’s main webpage. Transfer 5/9/2013 fairs are usually 5/15/2013 10am – 1pm unless otherwise noted. For 5/16/2013 more information 5/21/2013 about transfer fairs, contact Tien Do at 5/22/2013 425-739-8249 or by 5/23/2013 email at tien.do@lwtech.edu 6/4/2013

FAFSA—Free Money for School? Why should I fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

Schedule an appointment with Tien Do today.

Many students think they don’t qualify for financial aid or they can’t figure out how to fill out the forms, so they don’t even bother. However, by not applying, students may prevent themselves from being awarded FREE money such as grants. Remember, accepting an award package that you’ve been offered is completely optional. Loans are not mandatory just because they are offered to you, but you could be eligible for grants too, or as I like to call them, free money you don’t have to pay back. The FAFSA form is free to fill out at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Keep in mind that you need to re-apply each year for student aid. If you received aid in 2012-2013, you must apply again for 2013-2014 school year to receive an award.

Grant aid can go towards books, supplies, and/or personal expenses. If you haven’t applied for the 2013-2014 academic school year, it is not too late.

For students who have already completed a FAFSA, you can now check the status of your application and view a summary of aid awarded for the current award year at the Student Portal website. When accessing the Portal, your username is your Social Security Number, and your password is your LWIT student PIN number. If you need help completing your FAFSA, please schedule an appointment with a TRiO advisor.


College Selection Information—Fall 2010 For your information Washington's student population has grown more diverse. In 1999, 76% of students attending the state's public 4-year institutions were white. By 2009, fewer than 69% were white. Hispanics, Washington's fastest-growing minority group, accounted for nearly 4% of students at public four-year institutions in 1999, compared to 6.5%in 2009. http://www.wsac.wa.gov/WashingtonInstitutions/ Demographics/RaceEthnicity

Washington State

Public 4-Year

Private 4-Year

Community/ Technical

Black

3,617(3.3%)

2,153 (4.7%)

10,167 (5.5%)

Native American

1,553 (1.4%)

664 (1.4%)

3,107 (1.7%)

Asian/Pacific Islander

14,040 (12.8%)

3,471 (7.5%)

13,145 (7.0%)

Hispanic

7,480 (6.8%)

3,349 (7.3%)

16,643 (8.9%)

White

74298 (67.9%)

33,300 (72.1%)

128,835 (69.1%)

More than one race

2,310 (2.1%)

1,530 (3.3%)

8,360 (4.5%)

Nonresident Alien

6,154 (5.6%)

1,711 (3.7%)

6,253 (3.4%)

Total

109,452 (100%)

46,178 (100%)

186,510 (100%)

Transfer Students—FAQs See below for some of the most frequently asked questions from transfer students: 1. Is there a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) required to transfer? Do I need a specific GPA to transfer? GPA varies by college and some majors require pre requisite courses or a minimum GPA. The minimum transfer grade is usually a 2.0 (C grade). 2. What do I need to know if I plan to transfer without earning an associate’s degree? Completing a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree will often maximize the number of college credits that will transfer to a university and save you money. Many universities require applicants with fewer than 40 transferrable credits to submit test scores (SAT or ACT). 3. I will be transferring, but am not sure where I will transfer. I want the most transfer credits possible. What should I do? Students who complete a DTA can normally transfer those credits to any of the participating universities and have them count toward graduation. However, certain majors have specific requirements. If you are not sure what to take for elective courses, check with your TRiO Transfer Advisor.

4. Will my program classes from LWIT transfer? It depends if LWIT has an articulation agreement with that specific degree and/or institution. Generally, the number of program credits that transfer is limited because each institution determines its own transfer policy. 5. What are the benefits of the articulation process? An articulation process or agreement means that two colleges have worked together to help students transfer smoothly to another institution. 6. How do quarter credits at LWIT transfer to a semester credit system? See examples below: Convert quarter credits to semester credits: Divide quarter credits by 1.5.  5 quarter credits / 1.5 = 3.3 semester credits  180 quarter credits is equivalent to 120 semester credits (180/1.5 = 120) 7. What other things do I need to know to transfer? Don’t wait until the last minute to apply. Applying early will give you enough time to prepare the appropriate application forms and request official transcripts from each institution you have attended. http://www.wsac.wa.gov/sites/default/files/TransferStudentFAQs-2010.pdf

The enclosed materials were compiled through a grant from the US Department of Education. However, the contents have not been reviewed by the Department and no endorsement should be inferred. The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Student Support Services TRIO Projects is 100% federally funded annually at $444,064.00.

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