Financial Aid

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Complete the WIU Summer 2017 Financial Aid Application to determine aid eligibility for the Summer 2017 semester. For additional information you may visit the  Summer Aid Information  page. 


IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable


The IRS Data Retrieval tool has been suspended until extra security protections can be added by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Data Retrieval Tool is not anticipated to be back online until the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle. Alternative means of completing verification can be utilized by requesting a tax return transcript.
For instructions for requesting a tax return transcript please visit

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update

Financial Aid Scavenger Hunt

Financial Literacy Scavenger Hunt 

Participate in the Western Illinois University Financial Literacy Scavenger Hunt for the spring 2017 semester! The Scavenger Hunt is part of the celebration of April as National Financial Literacy Month.  

This reality based scavenger hunt will assist you in building your financial foundation, learning “free” resources available on the WIU campus, and you will get to have some fun in the process!  

You will need to read all 20 questions and respond to them by completing this form. The completed form must be submitted to Hannah McInerney no later than 4:00pm on April 28, 2017 either by email  or hand in at the Financial Aid Office. Also, complete your name, student ID#, WIU email address, and phone number at the bottom of this form.  

$200 book award  will be given to the person who answers all of these questions correctly. If there are multiple students with correct answers, then a drawing will be held. A notification will be sent out via your student e-mail account and WIU Financial Aid social media. 


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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.

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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

Stay in Touch

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