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."  

The 2020-21 Financial Aid Processing Cycle Has Begun

The Financial Aid Office is sending financial aid award notifications to incoming freshmen for the 2020-21 academic year, and will continue to process and send award notifications to freshmen in the order their complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received. Award notifications for returning and new transfer students begins in January 2020.

The Financial Aid Office encourages students to file their 2020-21 FAFSA now at, as some state and federal financial aid funding is limited.

To view the status of the FAFSA website (maintenance times, outages), visit FAFSA's announcement page.

File to Win Campaign Winners Announced

The Financial Aid Office is excited to see so many prospective and current students prioritizing their futures by filing the 2020-21 FAFSA early - over 795 FAFSA’s were filed on October 1st! Students who filed on October 1st were automatically entered to win a $200 Book Award and the 50 winners have now been notified via email! Congratulations!

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

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