About Western

Western Promise+ Scholarship and Financial Aid Programs

Western's Promise Plus program is designed to significantly reduce or offset tuition and fees, PLUS other costs – room, meal plan, books and course materials – for new freshmen enrolling in Fall 2019. Illinois students with a minimum of a 1060 SAT or 21 ACT and a 2.75 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale are considered for WIU's Promise Plus program. Promise Plus is a combination of Western's scholarship and financial aid programs.

Annual Cost to Attend:   $21,097*
Minus Financial Aid - $11,853 average
Minus Scholarships - $9,244 average
Total = $0


AIM HIGH is a merit-based and means-tested scholarship offered to Fall 2019 eligible incoming freshmen. It is part of the State of Illinois' AIM HIGH pilot program.

Award Amount $28,000
($7,000 annually)
($5,000 annually)
SAT 1060+ / ACT 21+
and 2.75/4.0+ GPA

Eligibility is determined on the student's expected family contribution and family income.

Freshmen Book Award: $1500
$0-$10,000 EFC (Expected Family Contribution)

Western Commitment

Western Illinois University awards automatic Western Commitment scholarships to eligible incoming freshmen who have earned a cumulative 3.0/4.0+ GPA and a minimum 1030 SAT or 20 ACT.

SAT 1030-1190
ACT 20-24
3.0/4.0+ GPA

up to


($3,000 annually)

SAT 1200-1350
ACT 25-29
3.0/4.0+ GPA

up to


($6,000 annually)

SAT 1360+
ACT 30+
3.0/4.0+ GPA

up to


($10,000 annually)

Cost Guarantee

Western Illinois University automatically freezes all new undergraduate students' tuition, fees, room and meal plan rates for up to four years of enrollment.

State and Federal Grants

Students with financial need, as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), may be eligible to receive a grant from state or federal governments to assist with their college expenses. Grants, similar to scholarships, do not need to be repaid after college graduation.

*Annual estimates are for a new student enrolling in 15 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters at the Macomb campus with a residence hall double room and basic meal plan. Estimates do not include textbooks, student health insurance or personal expenses.