Financial Aid

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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."  

Coutdown to Fall: FAQ of the Week

When will Student Employment jobs be posted?

Student Employment (including federal work study) positions for the Fall 2020 semester opened on August 1st, 2020. Work study positions are funded primarily through federal funds and would be noted on your financial aid award letter if you received federal work study. If you did not receive federal work study, you can still apply for regular student employment positions are often funded by the university. See what jobs are available at the Leatherneck Link powered by Handshake and apply today!

How do I reduce or cancel my federal loans?

Make sure you are borrowing only the amount of loan money you need! You can reduce/cancel your loans through your STARS account

1) In STARS, navigate to the "Financials" Tab and click "Financial Aid Information"
2) Click on the button for "2020-21 Academic Year"
3) Click "Financial Aid Awards"
4) Click "Reduce or cancel my loan" and follow the instructions listed.

If you ever need all or a portion of your loan money back before the end of the semester, you can always contact our office to have your loans reinstated.

Visit our FAQ Page for more. 

Confused about Verification?

If you are selected for verification, you will be contacted by WIU email - you may also check STARS for your Financial Aid Status. Students selected for verification will print their verification worksheet directly from STARS - see below for instructions. 



To print your personalized verification form, please:
  1. Log on to STARS - If you have forgotten or lost your STARS log-in information, please contact the University Technology (UTech) Helpdesk at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).
  2. Select "Financials" from the menu bar
  3. Click "Financial Aid Information" from the Records section
  4. Click the "Academic Year" button in which you are planning to attend
  5. Click the "Verification Form" link listed in purple at the top of the screen
  6. Print your personalized verification form

**If you want to request your verification form to be mailed to you, fill out the following form. Note: you must be logged into your WIU email in order to access the form. To ensure you are logged into your WIU account, open an Incognito Window in Google Chrome (or Private Window in Firefox). Open the form link and sign in using your WIU email account. 

Please do not send worksheets, tax returns, or tax transcripts unless the information is requested from you. Copies of federal tax returns are NO LONGER ACCEPTED - please reference worksheet for instructions. 

If you are experiencing issues securing you or your parent(s) tax return transcript please contact the WIU Financial Aid Office for additional options for completing verification. You may contact us by phone at (309)298-2446, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you require any of these forms in an alternative format, please contact the Financial Aid Office at


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 completed online. 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

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