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Financial Aid

Eligible students at IWP can finance their studies through federal student loans, private student loans, VA Educational Benefits, and a variety of scholarships and fellowships.

Federal Student Loans and V.A. Benefits

IWP is eligible for Title IV federal funds, which enable students to use federal student loans to fund their IWP education. For more information about federal student loans, please see the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) site. Students at the Institute are also eligible for Veterans’ Affairs benefits.

2023-2024 Federal Financial Aid Instructions

IWP offers students the opportunity to finance their education using the federal student loan programs. In order to apply for federal student loans, students should complete the following:

  • A 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) found at http://fafsa.ed.govIWP’s federal school code is G41144;
  • Additional documentation may be requested, including copies of your 2021 Federal Income Tax forms. You do not need to submit the additional documents unless they are requested by the Office of Financial Aid.

Newly admitted students who have submitted the above items and are accepted into a Master’s or Certificate program for Fall 2023 can expect to receive a Financial Aid Award Letter starting in late June.

Returning students who have submitted the above items can expect to receive an award letter for the 2023-24 academic year by July 1.

In order to be considered for federal student loans, one must meet the following general guidelines:

  • be a citizen, national, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen of the United States;
  • plan to enroll at least half time (at least 6 credit hours) in a Master’s or Certificate program. This applies to the summer term as well as the fall and spring terms;
  • have a valid U.S. social security number;
  • be in compliance with Selective Service registration, if male;
  • cannot be in default on any educational loan and not owe a refund on a grant or a loan at any institution; and
  • cannot have been convicted of certain drug offenses.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to:

  • Privacy and confidentiality of records.
  • Be notified of any changes in your financial aid and the reason for the change.
  • Ask for an explanation of anything you don’t understand.

You have the responsibility to:

  • Read, understand, and keep copies of all financial aid documents.
  • Notify our office of any changes in your family’s financial status.
  • Notify us of any change in your attendance status, name, or address.
  • Notify us of any outside awards you receive.
  • Comply with the terms of your student loans.
  • Stay informed about deadlines and procedures — read any correspondence you receive from our office.

Director of Financial Aid: TJ Snowden

T.J. Snowden has been the Director of Financial Aid and Compliance Officer since May 2014. Dr. Snowden has been a higher education administrator in the areas of enrollment management, financial aid, and veteran affairs, for more than 12 years. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and Trinity Washington University, respectively. He recently graduated with his Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia in May 2019. Prior to joining IWP, Dr. Snowden was the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Trinity Washington University in northeast Washington, D.C.

Dr. Snowden is available for consultations at 202-462-2101 x323 or via email at