Understanding Your Award Letter
The purpose of an award letter is to notify students of their financial aid eligibility at WIU for a specific academic year. Once your FAFSA application has been reviewed by our office, your financial aid eligibility will be determined and an award letter will be made available to you on STARS.
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!
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.
Effective May 26, 2016, the StudentLoans.gov 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.).
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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