Federal Financial Aid

We are authorized to offer federal unsubsidized Stafford loans and federal Graduate Plus loans to students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education programs.

For information on how to apply please visit the Financial Aid site.

Native American Tuition Waiver

Qualified Native American graduate students attend Fort Lewis College tuition free. They are still responsible for all other costs of attendance.

For purposes of the tuition waiver, Native American is defined as follows:
"The term Native American shall include all persons of Native American descent who are members of any recognized Native American tribe now under federal jurisdiction, and all persons who are descendants of such members who were, on June 1, 1934, residing within the present boundaries of any Native American reservation, and shall further include all persons of one-half or more Native American blood. Eskimos and other aboriginal people of Alaska shall be considered Native Americans."

For information on the documentation required to qualify for the tuition waiver, email teacher-leadership@fortlewis.edu. The Department of Teacher Education will review the documentation and determine eligibility for the waiver.

Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – Forgives the remaining balance on Federal Direct Loans after 120 qualifying payments (10 years).
  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness – Forgives up to $17,500 of Direct or FFEL Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans after 5 complete and consecutive years of teaching at a qualifying school.
  • Perkins Loan Cancellation – Forgives up to 100% of Federal Perkins Loans for those teaching full-time at a low-income school, or teaching certain subjects.