Financial Aid

AIM HIGH Grant for New Freshmen Beginning Fall 2019

SAT 1060+
ACT 21+
2.75/4.0+ GPA
7,000+ FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC)


$28,000

(7,000 ANNUALLY)

SAT 1060+
ACT 21+
2.75/4.0+ GPA
2,000-6,999 FAFSA Expected Family Contribution


$20,000

(5,000 ANNUALLY)

Freshmen Book Award
0-10,000 FAFSA Expected Family Contribution
First-time Freshmen Fall 2019
One Time Award


$1500

(750 PER SEMESTER)

AIM HIGH is a merit-based, means-tested matching grant pilot program by the State of Illinois designed to help achieve several state goals including increasing overall Illinois college student retention, improving Illinois college affordability and reducing student loan debt, as well as enhancing enrollment at Illinois public universities. The program begins with incoming freshmen for the 2019-20 academic year. AIM HIGH grant funds are to be used solely to fund tuition and other required fees during the academic year, not including summer terms. See how the AIM HIGH grant supports our Western Promise+ program.

An eligible applicant is a first-time incoming freshman accepted into an undergraduate degree program beginning fall 2019 who meets the following requirements:

  • Minimum 21/1060 SAT and a 2.75 high school GPA
  • Meets the Family Income Guidelines*
  • Illinois resident
  • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • File a FAFSA
  • Continuously enroll full-time at WIU
  • Has not yet received a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of 135 semester credit hours
  • Is not incarcerated
  • Is not in default on any student loan or does not owe a refund or repayment on any state or federal grant or scholarship

Funds are limited and eligibility is based on 2019-20 FAFSA results. If eligible, AIM HIGH will be listed on the student’s financial aid award letter once their FAFSA has been processed by the Financial Aid Office. Students must activate their ECOM, email, and STARS accounts to receive financial aid correspondence.

The grant is renewable for up to three years as long as renewal criteria is met. AIM HIGH Grant and other tuition and fee specific financial aid or scholarships cannot exceed a student's tuition and fee charges.

Renewal Criteria:

  • Be continuously enrolled full-time at WIU as an undergraduate student in the degree-seeking program.
  • Maintain a 2.75 WIU GPA
  • File a FAFSA for each academic year
  • Adhere to the WIU Code of Student Conduct
  • Not be in default on any student loan or owe a refund or repayment on any state or federal grant or scholarship.
*Number of People in Household Family Income AIM HIGH Max Income
One $12,060 $72,360
Two $16,240 $97,440
Three $20,420 $122,520
Four $24,600 $147,600
Five $28,780 $172,680
Six $32,960 $197,760
Seven $37,140 $222,840
Eight $41,320 $247,920
For more than eight,
add this amount for
each additional person
$4,180 $25,080

Freshmen Book Award

$1,500 for students with a FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 to 10,000 

Funds are limited and eligibility is based on 2019-20 FAFSA results. An eligible applicant is a first-time incoming freshman accepted into an undergraduate degree program beginning fall 2019. Qualified students will receive a line of credit up to $750 each semester of their first year at Western to purchase books in the WIU Bookstore.

If eligible, AIM HIGH will be listed on the student’s financial aid award letter once their FAFSA has been processed by the Financial Aid Office. Students must activate their ECOM, email, and STARS accounts to receive financial aid correspondence.