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Application Fee Waiver Continues for Local Students

September 6, 2018

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MACOMB, IL -- For the fifth consecutive year, Western Illinois University is waiving the $30 application fee for area high school students who apply to WIU. Those graduating seniors who apply for admission to Western for the Fall 2019 semester will have the University's application fee waived.

The eligible counties include high schools in Adams, Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Schuyler and Warren, as well as Rock Island, Scott, Clinton and Muscatine (Iowa), Henry, Whiteside and Mercer.

In addition to the application fee waiver, an automatic scholarship covering two-thirds of tuition costs is offered to high school seniors who choose to attend WIU classes prior to high school graduation. High school students who are enrolled at Western are not charged student fees or on-campus housing. More information about the tuition discount is available at Participating students will also benefit from Western's unique Cost Guarantee that locks in tuition, fee, room and meal plan rates for four years.

WIU admissions staff will also visit local high schools throughout the semester, with follow-up visits in Spring 2019. New this year, high school seniors may now apply to Western for the Fall 2019 semester, without an official ACT/SAT score (which may be submitted later), with acceptance letters going out within approximately one week of receipt of application.

Fall 2018 Discover Western open house events will be held Saturday, Sept. 15; Monday, Oct. 8; Saturday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Nov. 12. To register, visit

To apply to WIU, visit Local students should select the fee waiver option on the payment screen, and the $30 will not be applied based on the high school attended.

For more information about admissions at WIU, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (309) 298-3157 or email

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