WIU has now begun processing FAFSAs for 2016-17! Please note that we are processing award letters in date order of when you completed your FAFSA. A notification will be sent to your WIU email as soon as your application has been reviewed, so make sure to check that account regularly.
If you have not yet completed a FAFSA for 2016-17, now is a great time! Log on to www.fafsa.gov today!
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.
Congratulations to the award winners of the 2016-17 'File to Win' campaign. 50 students will receive a $200 bookstore credit for the Fall 2016 term. Winners have been notified via email. If you were not selected please try again next year. The 2017-18 FAFSA will be available on October 1 , 2016.
Western Illinois University's Office of Financial Aid is hosting "Financial Aid Fridays" during the Spring 2016 semester. Your Financial Aid Advisors will be available in the University Union from 12:00pm-2:00pm on the dates below to answer any questions current students may have.
- Feb 19th
- Mar 4th and 11th
- April 1st, 8th, and 15th
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:
- 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video tutorial
- I've Submitted My FAFSA - What's Next?
- IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT): Step by Step Chart OR Video Tutorial
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:
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