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Financial Aid
Sherman Hall 127
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-2446
Fax: (309) 298-2353
TT: (309) 298-1856
Hours: M-F 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WIU Title IV School Code: 001780

Welcome to Financial Aid Got a question? Click to ask!

For many students and families, the cost of attending college can be too great to manage alone – for this reason, the WIU Financial Aid Office is available to assist eligible students in obtaining financial aid so they may achieve their educational goals.

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

Summer 2014 Financial Aid Application Now Available Online!

Students interested in attending a Summer 2014 session should complete the WIU Summer 2014 Financial Aid Application, now available online - students will be notified by email of any summer aid eligibility.

If you would like to be considered for a summer scholarship, please visit the Scholarship Office for application information. 


2014-15 FAFSA Application Processing

The WIU Financial Aid Office began processing 2014-15 award letters January 23, 2014.

We are so excited that many of you followed our request to file early – 1,300 filed on January 1st ...

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Important Spring 2014 Financial Aid Information

The new semester is almost here! Wondering when you'll get your bill? How about your financial aid? Get ahead of these common start-up questions by reviewing our important fall information!

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Paying for College at WIU

Paying for College @ WIU: Dollars & Sense

Learn what to expect for the upcoming school year! Review the basics of both financial aid and billing procedures, including general information, utilizing online tools, payment methods and plans, tips, suggestions, and some commonly asked questions.


Direct Loan Consolidation Changes

The U.S. Department of Education has made interim changes to the Direct Consolidation Loan process, which may impact the loan consolidation process for some students. 

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2014-15 MAP Grant Deadline Announced

In an announcement made by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) on February 26, 2014, the 2014-15 Illinois MAP Grant has been suspended for all applications submitted and processed after Thursday, February 27, 2014.


Applying for a PLUS Loan? It Might Be Too Early

Due to Federal Direct Loan credit check procedures, Parent PLUS Loan and Grad PLUS Loan applications will expire if submitted too early. For that reason, we ask that PLUS applicants apply on or after these specified dates...

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Enhanced Verification Process

Last year we promised we would continue to make enhancements to our verification process to make it even simpler for you – and we have! Verification has been customized for each student, and worksheets can now be accessed from your STARS account.

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Financial Aid Scams

When completing your FAFSA, applying for outside scholarships, or consolidating loans, be aware of financial scams. Unreliable sources often ask for money or donations, personal banking information, or require students to attend seminars to "learn more". Others tell applicants they are "guaranteed" to receive ...

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Notice: For first-time federal student loan borrowers

First-time federal student loan borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling online. PLEASE NOTE: Financial Awareness Counseling, also available at StudentLoans website, is NOT required of any WIU student.

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Pell Lifetime Limit

New limits for the grant have been established, restricting the lifetime Pell funds a student may receive to the equivalent of six years ...

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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Western's Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy changed during the Fall 2011 semester. These changes were in compliance with new federal regulations that went into effect July 1, 2011 ...

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Repeated Course Info

New federal financial aid regulations beginning Fall 2011 affect our ability to base financial aid on courses that you have already taken ...

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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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