Financial Aid & Scholarships
Need help paying for college?
There are numerous options to assist students and families with college expenses. Get started by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the application for all federal financial aid programs, some state programs and all LCCC scholarship and grant programs. Students must complete a FAFSA each year.
Students should also complete the online LCCC Foundation Donor Scholarship Application to be considered for over 400 scholarships. The best time to apply is between January 1 and April 1 each year. Make sure to apply by the priority deadline of April 1 for full consideration.
Share your FAFSA financial aid information with LCCC. Enter LCCC's school code: 009259.
Financial aid is any funding used by students and families to assist with college related expenses. The types include, but aren't limited to, the following:
- Money available to students based on information provided on the FAFSA. Sources include federal, state and LCCC. This money doesn't have to be paid back.
- Money available to students based on skills or interests. Available from state, LCCC and outside agencies. All LCCC scholarships require students to file a current year’s FAFSA. This money doesn't have to be paid back.
- Money available to employees and/or their eligible spouse and dependents. Students and families should contact their employer for information. This money doesn't have to be paid back and may be in the form of reimbursement after successful completion of courses.
- Money available to students based on affiliation with employers, groups or organizations. Students and families should contact their employer for information. This money doesn't have to be paid back and may be in the form of reimbursement after successful completion of courses.
- Earnings from work in on-campus positions. Wages are subsidized by the federal government. A FAFSA is required.
Student and Parent Loans
- Low, fixed interest rate student and parent loans guaranteed by the federal government. Loans require repayment however, terms include forgiveness for students in certain careers. Paid interest is tax deductible. A FAFSA is required.
- Available from private lenders, banks and credit unions to assist with educational expenses not covered by other financial aid. Interest rates and terms vary by lender. Often require co-signer for student. Not eligible for government forgiveness provisions or other terms. Students and parents strongly advised to carefully read and review terms before accepting.
What is available?
Pell Grants are available to students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) of $0 – $5,486 as determined by the FAFSA. Awards range from $652 - $6,095 per academic year for full-time enrollment. The amount is prorated based on actual enrollment. Pell Grants may also be available to students enrolling in summer semester, depending on eligibility. Students are limited to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent) of lifetime Pell Grant eligibility. A student may not receive Pell Grant payments concurrently from more than one school. Learn more about Pell Grants.
FSEOG is a federal financial aid grant program with limited funding availability. Priority is given to students with a $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. The average full-time award amount at LCCC is $600 per academic year and is prorated based on actual enrollment. Learn more about FSEOG.
Federal Work Study is a need-based federal financial aid program with limited funding availability. The student is employed in an on-campus position and paid wages. These wages are subsidized by the federal government and aren't subject to Social Security (FICA) or Medicare taxes. Available student positions are posted on LCCC's Job Openings and Resources webpage. Contact us to check on your eligibility. Learn more about Federal Work Study.
Federal Direct Loans are available to students and parents of dependent students. Students must be enrolled at least half-time, 6 credits a semester, to qualify. These fixed interest-rate loans are guaranteed by the Federal government and have generous forgiveness, deferment and forbearance provisions as well as flexible repayment options. The FAFSA is the application for Federal Direct Loans. All loans are received in two payments, at the beginning of each semester after the drop/add period. Students receiving a one-semester loan will receive the first half of the loan after drop/add and the second half after the mid-point of the semester. First-time freshmen borrowers will receive the first disbursement of their loan right after the 30th day of the semester. Parents interested in Parent Direct PLUS Loans may apply for the loan online. Parent loans are subject to a credit decision. Click here to learn more about Federal Direct Loans such as the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans, annual and aggregate loan limits, current interest rates and fees, and repayment information.First-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at StudentLoans.gov before receiving the loan.
GEAR Up scholarships are available to students who participated in the GEAR Up program at Wyoming middle and high schools. The scholarship covers all college expenses less other gift aid (scholarships/grants) received. To be eligible, the student must file a FAFSA. After the FAFSA has been filed and the Student Aid Report (SAR) received, the student must also complete the GEAR Up Wyoming Federal Scholarship Application. Learn more about the GEAR Up Wyoming Federal Scholarship.
Created and funded by the state of Wyoming, Hathaway Scholarships are available to Wyoming residents that attended and graduated from Wyoming high schools. They are merit-based and may be used at the University of Wyoming or any community college within the state. The award amount ranges from $1,680 to $3,360 per academic year for full-time enrollment. The award is prorated based on actual enrollment.
A separate Hathaway Application is required to begin the awarding process. For more information about the Hathaway Scholarship, students can click view the website or contact their high-school counselor. While not required, students are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA as the student may be eligible for federal, state and LCCC scholarships and grants.
Created and funded by the state of Wyoming, Hathaway Need are available to students who receive the Hathaway Scholarship. The amount varies per student based on the information included on the FAFSA, other gift aid received and the student’s Hathaway award level. Not all students who are awarded the Hathaway Scholarship also receive the Hathaway Need.
Students can’t be awarded the Hathaway Need without a FAFSA. Students must file a FAFSA and submit all required documents by Oct. 1 (Fall) and Feb. 1 (Spring) to be evaluated for the Hathaway Need. Hathaway Need isn’t restricted to low-income students and families.
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services is committed to helping people with disabilities establish and reach vocational goals that help them become productive, working citizens. Interested students should visit the Vocational Rehabilitation Office or visit the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services website for more information.
The WyIN Program offers low-interest loans to students enrolled in the nursing program. The loan is completely forgiven if the student works as a nurse or nurse educator in Wyoming. The award amount is up to $1,800 per semester and students must apply by June 1 for Fall consideration, Sept. 1 for Spring consideration. For more information about the WyIN Program, students can learn more here or contact their nursing program advisor for information.
Wyoming Works is a state need-based grant program and resources that are targeted at adult Wyoming students to advance their skills in areas that lead to secure employment.
Perkins CTE Student Assistance is a federal grant funded, state program with limited funding availability. Eligible students must be experiencing extreme economic hardship to qualify. Students must be enrolled in eligible degree/certificate programs. Applications are available at the Student Hub.
LCCC scholarships and grants and all other gift aid combined may not exceed the student’s estimated cost of attendance. Gift aid includes, but is not limited to: scholarships, grants, waivers, benefits and discounts.
Available to students enrolled in a technical degree or certificate program that lead to jobs in high demand fields such as nursing, computer information systems, dental hygiene, surgical tech, etc. The student must file a FAFSA. Funding is available to cover tuition and fees for program related courses. Students can visit the A.C.T. Now webpage for more information about the programs.
Employees may be eligible for the City of Laramie Tuition Waiver to cover tuition and mandatory fees. Contact City of Laramie Human Resources to complete an application. While not required, students are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA as they may be eligible for additional federal, state and LCCC awards.
Available to students overcoming unusual personal barriers to completing their degree or certificate and experiencing extreme financial hardships. A FAFSA is required.
Eligible applicants must be a GEAR Up participant. Please contact GEAR Up Program Manager Catherine Villnave (cvillnaveFREELARAMIE) for more information.
Amount and terms vary by team and funding availability. Interested students should meet with coaches.
Available to full-time, incoming freshmen who earned between a 3.00 and 3.499 high school cumulative GPA at the end of the junior year. The award is $800 per academic year. Students must file a FAFSA before the funds can be released.
The award is renewable for the second year if the student maintains a 3.00 cumulative GPA and earns a minimum of 24 credit hours at LCCC during their first year of attendance.
Graduating high school seniors should complete the online Presidential & Dean's Scholarship Application.
Amount and terms vary by department and funding availability. Interested students should meet with department faculty.
Available to benefitted employees and their spouse/dependents. The benefit allows student to enroll for $10 per credit hour, plus course fees. Contact LCCC Human Resources for information. While not required, students are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA as they may be eligible for additional federal, state and LCCC awards.
The LCCC Need Grant is awarded to Pell Grant eligible students with high financial need. Eligibility is based on FAFSA information and other gift aid received (scholarships/grants/entitlements). The maximum annual full-time award is $600 and is prorated based on actual enrollment level. Students must be enrolled at least half-time, maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA, and complete at least 67 percent of attempted credits. Priority is given to students who file the FAFSA by May 1.
Available to incoming freshmen who are economically disadvantaged or first generation college students. Students must file a current year’s FAFSA. Funds are available to help with tuition, fees, and book expenses.
Interested students should contact the Student Hub.
Available to full-time, incoming freshmen who earned a minimum 3.5 high school cumulative GPA at the end of the junior year. The award is $1,600 academic year. Students must file a FAFSA before the funds can be released.
The award is renewable for the second year if the student maintains a 3.00 cumulative GPA and earn a minimum of 24 credit hours at LCCC during their first year of attendance.
Graduating high school seniors should complete the online Presidential & Dean's Scholarship Application.
Available to students who are 60 years or older at the beginning of the semester. The discount allows the student to pay $10 per credit plus all course fees and/or online fees. To qualify, the student must bring his/her driver’s license to the Student Hub. While not required, students are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA as they may be eligible for additional federal, state and LCCC awards.
The Soaring Eagle Award is available to Wyoming resident, Pell Grant eligible, non-traditional and first-generation students (based on FAFSA responses). The award is limited to the estimated cost of tuition, fees and books less all other gift aid received (scholarships/grants/entitlements). The maximum annual full-time award is $1,000 and is prorated based on actual enrollment level. Students must be enrolled at least half-time, maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA, and complete at least 67 percent of attempted credits. Priority is given to students who file the FAFSA by May 1.
The Student Progress Award is available to students who didn’t receive an LCCC scholarship the first year of attendance and completed at least 24 credits with a minimum 2.00 GPA. The maximum annual full-time award is $1,000 and is prorated based on actual enrollment level. The award is renewable for up to two years. Students must be enrolled at least half-time, maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA, and complete at least 67 percent of attempted credits. Priority is given to students who file the FAFSA by May 1.
Rediscover LCCC is a scholarship program that will pay for your tuition and fees for up to two (2) years in specific, high-demand degree and certificate programs. These programs are designed for you to complete and find employment or transfer to a university to complete your bachelor's degree and then enter your career.
Available to University of Wyoming employees. The waiver covers up to three (3) credits for full-time employees and up to 1.5 credits for part-time employees for tuition and mandatory fees.
Applications are available at University of Wyoming Human Resources or people can download and complete the application online. While not required, students are strongly encouraged to file a FAFSA as they may be eligible for additional federal, state and LCCC awards.
GI Bill is available to eligible veterans, spouses and dependents based on veteran’s chapter of eligibility. Learn more about available assistance.
Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students receiving GI Bill who file a FAFSA are eligible for all federal awards. Amount of GI Bill varies based on the Chapter of Eligibility. For more information about GI Bill, students can visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website or contact Lacey Shandera (VA Certifying Official) by email.
Available to active duty airmen based at Warren Air Force Base. Students are eligible for tuition ONLY for classes taken to complete an associate degree at Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or LCCC. Students may not receive Tuition Assistance and GI Bill simultaneously. Contact Terry Cook by email for more information. Students may be eligible for a fee waiver, in addition to the Tuition Assistance by filing a FAFSA.
Available to combat veterans in foreign wars with a qualifying medal. Students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA. The benefit pays tuition and fees for up to ten (10) semesters. Students may not receive Benefit and GI Bill simultaneously. Learn more about this benefit.
Students and parents may be eligible for federal tax credits to assist with college expenses. Learn more about these tax credits.
Students must provide their Social Security number (SSN) to LCCC to be eligible for tax credits. Students may submit the Request for Taxpayer Information Number (PDF) to confirm their SSN. The form may be submitted in person to the Student Hub in Cheyenne or Laramie, or by mail. Students seeking a 1098-T must provide the Social Security number no later than Dec. 1 of the tax year.