Financial Aid

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We are happy to visit with you by:
Phone: (309)298-2446
Email: financial-aid@wiu.edu
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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."  

Verification Forms

Please do not send worksheets, tax returns, or tax transcripts unless the information is requested from you. Copies of federal tax returns are NO LONGER ACCEPTED - please reference worksheet for instructions. 

If selected for verification, you will be contacted by WIU email - you may also check STARS for your Financial Aid Status. Students selected for verification will print their verification worksheet directly from STARS - see below for instructions. 

To print your personalized verification form, please:

  1. Log on to STARS - If you have forgotten or lost your STARS log-in information, please contact the University Technology (UTech) Helpdesk at (309) 298-8324 (298-TECH).
  2. Select "Financials" from the menu bar
  3. Click "Financial Aid Information" from the Records section
  4. Click the "Academic Year" button in which you are planning to attend
  5. Click the "Verification Form" link listed in purple at the top of the screen
  6. Print your personalized verification form**

**If you want to request your verification form to be mailed to you, fill out the following form. Note: you must be logged into your WIU email in order to access the form. To ensure you are logged into your WIU account, open an Incognito Window in Google Chrome (or Private Window in Firefox). Open the form link and sign in using your WIU email account.

If you are experiencing issues securing you or your parent(s) tax return transcript please contact the WIU Financial Aid Office for additional options for completing verification. 

Forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you require any of these forms in an alternative format, please contact the Financial Aid Office at Financial-Aid@wiu.edu.

File to Win Update

The Financial Aid Office is excited to see so many current and prospective students prioritizing their futures by filing the 2021-22 FAFSA early. Over 2,400 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have been filed to date (October 8, 2020) and over 1,300 were filed on October 1st alone! Students who filed on October 1st were automatically entered to win a $200 Book Award. Not everyone will win but everyone can benefit from filing early. Winners will be notified once they receive their award letters for the 2021-22 year!

Freshmen will start receiving award letters in early November while returning and transfer students will begin receiving award letters in January 2021. We are working hard to ensure accurate and complete information is displayed on a student’s first award notification from WIU. In the meantime we encourage all students to review their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education and use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to estimate aid eligibility using the Net Price Calculator.

It's FAFSA Season!

The 2021-2022 FAFSA is now open! Make sure to include WIU on your application by entering our school code: 001780. Remember, the earlier you file, the more eligible you will be for federal and state aid programs.

In order to file a FAFSA, students and parents/guardians of dependent students will need to have an FSA ID. It can take up to 3 days to verify an FSA ID, so we recommend signing up for one as soon as possible. 

For more information and helpful filing tips, visit our FAFSA Help page.

 

 

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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