Financial Aid

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Thinking about joining WIU as a Leatherneck? Review our Financial Aid Brochure and Discover What To Expect: Financial Aid at WIU!

Question of the Week

Q. When will I receive my financial aid refund?
A. The earliest refunds are issued the Friday before the start of the semester - but remember, not everyone will receive a refund. Refunds will only be issued to students whose financial aid, once credited to their university account, is greater than their eligible charges. For more details, including how to receive your refund via direct deposit, visit the Billing & Receivables Frequently Asked Questions
Short-term loans may be granted to students who have financial aid pending that would result in a refund to the student, but the refund will not be available in a timely manner. Short-Term Loan Program requests are made in the Scholarship Office, 308 Sherman Hall. The first short-term loan application date is the Thursday before the start of classes each semester.
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File to Win

File your 2017-18 FAFSA on October 1, 2016, and be entered to win a $200 book award! 50 students will win, but thousands can benefit by filing early!  

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 Parents can also watch FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents to get more information.

StudentLoans.Gov Access

Effective May 26, 2016, the web site will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10. After May 26th, students using these browsers will not be able to access the site and will receive an error message. Internet Explorer 11 is supported, and users can continue to access the sites on other browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.).

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

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