Financial Aid

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Thinking about joining WIU as a Leatherneck? Review our Financial Aid Brochure and Discover What To Expect: Financial Aid at WIU!


File to Win  

File your 2016-2017 FAFSA on January 1, 2016, and you will be automatically entered to win a $200 WIU Book Award! 50 students will win, but thousands can benefit from filing early! 


 Federal Student Aid PIN No Longer Used

Beginning May 10, 2015, the FSA ID - a username and password - replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents like the FAFSA.

If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at,, or  

Need help making the switch from your 4-digit PIN to the FSA ID? Follow this step-by-step guide 



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

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Stay in Touch

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