Financial Aid

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Welcome to Financial Aid

"The mission of the Western Illinois University Office of Financial Aid is to provide all students and their families with resources for success through efficient and timely customer service, equitable disbursement of financial awards, and educational programming related to financial literacy.  Through these actions, our goal is to maintain a positive environment that will help create opportunities for equal access to post-secondary education and increase student retention."  

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month!

Each Fall, students across the country can begin the process of applying for financial aid through the  Free Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA. Throughout the month of February, the higher education community celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month, in an effort to provide crucial information to students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid. Calendar of events: monday student success stories, tuesday how to videos, wednesday financial aid webinar, thursday on the Union terrace, friday scavenger hunt for prizes

The WIU Office of Financial Aid has a month of events and activities scheduled to celebrate Financial Aid Awareness Month February 2021. You can find a list of weekly events online @WIUFinancialAid across social media platforms FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Week 1 Events (February 1st-5th)

Week 2 Events (February 8th-12th)

Week 3 Events (February 15th-19th)

Week 4 Events (February 22nd-26th)

Over the course of the month students will also have an opportunity to enter to win an Apple iPad Air. Enter to win at Read through the full terms and conditions.

Check social media for updates and additional activities scheduled throughout the month of February. If you are planning to enroll in college classes during the 2021-22 academic year now would be a great time to apply for financial aid. You can apply online at Don’t delay, apply for aid! #FinAidFeb

Verification Forms

Please do not send worksheets, tax returns, or tax transcripts unless the information is requested from you.  

If selected for verification, you will be contacted by WIU email - you may also check STARS for your Financial Aid Status. Students selected for verification will print their verification worksheet directly from STARS - see below for instructions. 

To print your personalized verification form, please:

  1. Log on to STARS - If you have forgotten or lost your STARS log-in information, please contact the University Technology (UTech) Helpdesk at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).
  2. Select "Financials" from the menu bar
  3. Click "Financial Aid Information" from the Records section
  4. Click the "Academic Year" button in which you are planning to attend
  5. Click the "Verification Form" link listed in purple at the top of the screen
  6. Print your personalized verification form**

**If you want to request your verification form to be mailed to you, fill out the following form. Note: you must be logged into your WIU email in order to access the form. To ensure you are logged into your WIU account, open an Incognito Window in Google Chrome (or Private Window in Firefox). Open the form link and sign in using your WIU email account.

If you are experiencing issues securing you or your parent(s) tax return transcript please contact the WIU Financial Aid Office for additional options for completing verification. 

Forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you require any of these forms in an alternative format, please contact the Financial Aid Office at


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 completed online. 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

Stay in Touch

Are you looking for an easy way to stay up to date in the world of financial aid? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram! These are both great and convenient ways for WIU students and parents to receive regular reminders, updates, and current financial aid news directly from our office.

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