Financial Aid

Our office is now open for limited interaction and visits. Students are still encouraged to utilize a virtual environment to contact us in order to keep you healthy and limit contact. Please send documents via email or fax.
We are happy to visit with you by:
Phone: (309)298-2446
Fax: (309) 298-2353
Call to Schedule an Appointment

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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."  

No need to apply for Summer 2021 Financial Aid!

Summer 2021 aid eligibility will be determined using registered hours and remaining 2020-21 aid eligibility*. Students are no longer required to file a summer aid application to apply for summer aid. If you would like an estimate of aid eligibility prior to enrolling in summer courses you may still fill out the 2021 Financial Aid Application. Visit the Summer Aid page for more information

*Students graduating Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 who have completed a 2021-22 FAFSA may be able to “borrow” financial aid eligibility from the 2021-22 academic year. This will be noted on your award notification, if applicable.

If you have questions, wish to cancel or reduce funds, or your enrollment changes, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Congratulations Class of 2021!

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Congratulations graduates! The Office of Financial Aid would like to congratulate you on all of your current and future success. If while enrolled at WIU you utilized Federal Direct Loans one of your obligations as a borrower is to complete Exit Counseling. Exit counseling provides important information you will need as you prepare to repay your Federal Direct Loans.

You can also find it at Under the Manage Loans" tab, select "Complete Exit Counseling". Then log-in using your FSA ID and password. Western Illinois University's school code is 001780.

The Office of Financial Aid has created a “how-to“ video to assist borrowers completing Exit Counseling that can be found on our YouTube channel. If you have questions regarding loan information (i.e. repayment options, interest rates, etc.), please call 309/298-2446 to make an appointment with an advisor or you may email



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

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