Financial Aid

Welcome to Financial Aid

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Summer 2018

No need to apply for Summer 2018 Financial Aid!

Summer 2018 aid eligibility will be determined using registered hours and remaining 2017-18 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 2018 Financial Aid Application.

*Students graduating Summer 2018 or Fall 2018 who have completed a 2018-19 FAFSA may be able to “borrow” financial aid eligibility from the 2018-19 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 financial-aid@wiu.edu


Satisfaction Survey

Win a book award

The Financial Aid Office invites you to complete our new Satisfaction Survey!  Your answers are valuable to us and will be used as we strive to continuously improve our office.  As a WIU student, you may enter your email address at the end of the survey to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $200 Book Award that can be used in the Fall 2018 semester. 

The survey may be found at the following link and will be open until Sunday, April 1st at 11:59 PM: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc4chPVAXS_xzcXjUBYc7c9fPgEvgoVSLJqweboJZ96tiu67g/viewform

 

 

 

 


File To Win

50 Winners that filed on October 1st have been randomly chosen and notified by email!!! Congratulations to the winners!!

2051 students filed their FAFSA on October 1st! Those students were entered into our File To Win drawing for a $200 book award.


New STARS Layout

A recent update to STARS now allows you to access STARS on your mobile devices with greater ease, but it has resulted in some re-organization of screens you use. You can find our screen, Financial Aid Information, under the Financials heading.

How to Create Your FSA ID

Before you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must first set up your FSA ID - a username and password - which will be needed to electronically sign and submit the FAFSA.  This step will take a few minutes to complete and you can watch the following video on how to create your FSA ID to help save time. 

Please remember that any parent of a dependent student must create and use their own FSA ID in order to electronically sign the FAFSA. Both parent and student should create their own FSA ID and not have someone else complete this step for them.  For additional information please visit studentaid.gov/fsaid. Parents can also watch FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents to get more information.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

The IRS Data Retrieval tool was suspended by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Data Retrieval Tool will not be available for the 2017-18 FAFSA. Alternative means of completing verification can be utilized by requesting a tax return transcript for the 2017-18 year.

The IRS Data Retrieval tool is available for the 2018-19 FAFSA.

For instructions for requesting a tax return transcript please visit wiu.edu/fa/verification.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update

 

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 www.fafsa.gov. 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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