Financial Aid

Welcome to Financial Aid

"The mission of the Western Illinois University Office of Financial Aid is to provide all students and their families with resources for success through efficient and timely customer service, equitable disbursement of financial awards, and educational programming related to financial literacy.  Through these actions, our goal is to maintain a positive environment that will help create opportunities for equal access to post-secondary education and increase student retention."  


Summer Aid Application 2019No need to apply for Summer 2019 Financial Aid! Summer 2019 aid eligibility will be determined using registered hours and remaining 2018-19 aid eligibility*. Students are no longer required to file a summer aid application to apply for summer aid.  If you would like an estimate of aid eligibility prior to enrolling in summer courses you may still fill out the 2019 Financial Aid Application.  The application opens up March 18th, 2019. 

*Students graduating Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 who have completed a 2019-20 FAFSA may be able to "borrow" financial aid eligibility from the 2019-20 academic year.  This will be noted on your award notification, if applicable.  

If you have questions, wish to cancel or reduce funds, or your enrollment changes, contact the Financial Aid Office, Sherman Hall 127, by calling (309) 298-2446 or email 


Get Started

There's a lot to cover, so the best place to begin is our Getting Started section - here you can find checklists, timelines, helpful hints, and other tools created specifically for WIU students.

The first step is always completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online at If you're looking for a quick and easy review, check out the:

Of course, different types of students may need different information. Click below to determine if there are any specific instructions or requirements that may apply to you:

Undergraduate Students Transfer Students International Students Graduate Students

Stay in Touch

Are you looking for an easy way to stay up to date in the world of financial aid? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! These are both great and convenient ways for WIU students and parents to receive regular reminders, updates, and current financial aid news directly from our office.