2014-15 FAFSA Application Processing
The Financial Aid Office began processing 2014-15 award letters in January 2014. Unfortunately, due to significant staffing changes this spring, students and families may experience a delay of their 2014-15 financial aid notifications and award letters.
We are working diligently to process applications, and we apologize for any inconvenience these delays will cause. We appreciate your patience as we understand this information is critical to the college decision-making process.
Federal Loan Delays
Some students are experiencing a delay in the disbursement of their Fall 2014 federal loan funds - please know that the Financial Aid Office is working with external agencies to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. If you have already completed your Master Promissory Note (MPN), but continue to receive notifications requesting it be completed, please DO NOT submit a new MPN online as this can cause additional errors.
As we identify students whose loan disbursements have been delayed in error, we will send a request for applicable finance charges to be reduced or waived from University billing accounts.
In addition, please know that the Scholarship Office can offer short-term loans to students on the Macomb campus who are waiting to receive a financial aid refund - if you will receive a refund, contact the Scholarship Office to request a short-term loan. NOTE: Parent PLUS Loan refunds are only eligible for a short-term loan if the parent indicated the refund be issued to the student, not the parent.
Loanlook gives students easy access to their student loan information. Have private loans? Loanlook can track those too! Download the app (iOS and Android) to receive loan information and reminders on your mobile device. Take a look and see what Loanlook can do for you!
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:
- 2014-15 FAFSA Overview
- 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA video tutorial
- I've Submitted My FAFSA - What's Next?
- IRS Data Retrieval 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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