Important Things to Know
Our FAFSA Priority Date will remain April 1st for 2017-2018, even though you can complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA as of October 1, 2016. Please note that the LATI Foundation Scholarship deadline for 2017-2018 will be March 15th.
1098-T Tax Information for 2015
Prior to January 31, 2016, the LATI Business Office mailed a 1098-T form to you if you paid Tuition & Fees during 2015. You are also able to view this information on your Student Portal under Student/My Finances/1098-T Info.
Contact the Financial Aid Office
To contact the LATI Financial Aid Office, please call 605-882-5284 or toll-free 800-657-4344. You can also email our office at FinancialAid@lakeareatech.edu.
Ext. 255 – Marlene Seeklander
Ext. 254 – Carrie Jordanger
Ext. 301 – Julie Forman
Ext. 274 – Nancy Gilbertson
LATI Financial Aid Information
This page contains information on:
- Applying for Financial Aid
- Verification Policy
- Types of Financial Aid Available
- How to Apply for Direct Loan/ Direct PLUS Loan
- Private Alternative Loans
- Part-Time Jobs
- Other Agency Sources
- Other Important Information
Applying for Financial Aid
Lake Area Technical Institute Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 005309
LATI does not award your financial aid file until you have been accepted for admission. Please make sure the Admissions Office has all of the required paperwork and that you have taken any required admission tests.
LATI will verify ALL student applications selected by the FAFSA processor. We also reserve the right to institutionally select a student for verification if not previously selected by the FAFSA processor. Verification documents will be requested of the student upon receipt of the FAFSA and admission to LATI. Documents must be received and verification completed before any financial aid disbursements will be made. If there are errors found during Verification, LATI will submit the necessary corrections to the FAFSA processor. Any documents received after 120 days after the last date of enrollment (or date published by the Department of Education, whichever is earlier) will not be processed. To read the policy in its entirety, click here (make this a live link to policy).
Types of Financial Aid Available
The FAFSA determines eligibility for the following federal programs (click below for more info):
How to Apply for Direct Loan and Direct PLUS Loan
Once you have been awarded and have returned an award letter accepting a Federal Direct Loan, you will need to complete these additional steps before we can request your loan funds.
- This link will take you to studentloans.gov
- Once there: Sign in using your FSA ID.
- You will be required to complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling for Undergraduate students.
- The student must complete the Entrance Counseling and MPN. If another individual completes it for you, it is not valid!
Parent: If you would like to apply for a Federal PLUS Loan please follow these steps.
- This link will take you to studentloans.gov
- Sign in using your (parent) FSA ID.
- Select “Complete PLUS Request Process”.
- If credit is approved, you can complete a “PLUS Loan Application” and “Master Promissory Note” by clicking on “Sign Master Promissory Note.”
- If you are denied the PLUS during the preapproval process, you will be notified. The student is then eligible for an additional unsubsidized Direct loan up to $4,000. You can also reapply with an endorser or appeal the denial.
- Additional paperwork will be sent to you from our office.
Private Alternative Loans
Private alternative loans are offered by several lenders through their own private loan programs. Students should exhaust all federal financial aid options before applying for a private alternative loan. If you decide to borrow a private alternative loan, you must select your private alternative loan lender. The Financial Aid Office cannot select one for you or make recommendations.
Please carefully review all options available to you so that you can make an informed decision. Click here to learn more about the private alternative loan lenders we work with and that our students have used in the past few years. You can also apply for a private alternative loan through this link. If you still have questions or need more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
Private alternative loan borrowers are required to fill out a Self-Certification of Private Loans. Most lenders will provide this to you. Click here for the Self-Certification of Private Loans document.
- Due to “truth in lending” regulations, processing time will take from 20-30 days from application approval by lender to disbursement.
- Loans are disbursed by semester, unless otherwise requested.
- Be prepared! Start planning early so that you have your funds available when school starts, if that is when you need them.
- Apply on-line, if possible.
If you are interested in a part-time job that is not based on eligibility for Federal Work Study, please visit the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Office, located in Student Services on the LATI campus.
Other Agency Sources
LATI also works with the following agencies and programs to assist in providing funding for our students:
Tax Information for Students and Parents
The Department of Education has reviewed anecdotal information and data from the IRS that leads them to believe many students and their families do not take advantage of tax credits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
You can review this information here.
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