Financial Aid

Welcome to Financial Aid

Thinking about joining WIU as a Leatherneck? Check out our information for prospective students!

 

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Fall Bills Now Available

The Billing and Receivables Office issued bills on August 8th for all registered students. If you have questions about your bill and how financial aid will be applied (i.e. when will my loans apply?), we encourage you to check out our FAQs on Billing and costs.

FALL 2017 Information

August will be here before we know it, and our office is in full swing to make sure you are off to a smooth start this academic year. Check out our Fall 2017 information page to find out what to expect for your financial aid this fall. 

New STARS Layout

A recent update to STARS now allows you to access STARS on your mobile devices with greater ease, but it has resulted in some re-organization of screens you use. You can find our screen, Financial Aid Information, under the Financials heading.

Summer Orientation and Registration

We've enjoyed meeting with so many of our incoming students and their families this summer during orientations! Remember that if you need a refresher of what was covered, we have a copy of the Paying for College presentation online.

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 wiu.edu/fa/verification.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update

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 studentaid.gov/fsaid. Parents can also watch FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents to get more information.

 

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 www.fafsa.gov. 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! 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.