Financial Aid

Guide for Completing TANF Online Forms

If you meet the following criteria and wish to be considered for a TANF Scholarship, please complete the forms as outlined below.

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

To be considered, students MUST meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Illinois resident;
  • Have income below 200% of the poverty level** and/or receive TANF;
  • Have a minor child/children (under the age of 18);
  • Be accepted and enrolled full-time (minimum 12 hours) in a post-secondary education level program/courses leading to a 1st baccalaureate degree and employment;
    • Exceptions granted to minimum enrollment requirements on a case by case basis and during summer enrollment - appeal to be submitted in writing with Student Record for the term involved, excluding summer
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a 4.0 scale;
  • Meet WIU Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines as defined by the Financial Aid Office for all students receiving financial aid each semester;
  • Achieve their degree within a maximum of 8 years (provided funding is available for continuing the program);
  • Meet the eligibility criteria each semester funding is awarded.

**2017-2018 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States & DC 200 % of Poverty Level
1 $ 12,060 $ 24,120
2 $ 16,240 $ 32,480
3 $ 20,420 $ 40,840
4 $ 24,600 $ 49,200
5 $ 28,780 $ 57,560
6 $ 32,960 $ 65,920
7 $ 37,140 $ 74,280
8 $ 41,320 $ 82,640
For each additional person add $   4,180 $   8,360

    Per Federal Register Notice, 1/26/2017

Completing Forms for 2017-18:

Applicants will need to submit all five mandatory forms for their applications to be reviewed.