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.

**2016-2017 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States & DC*** 200 % of Poverty Level
1 $ 11,880 $ 23,600
2 $ 16,020 $ 32,040
3 $ 20,160 $ 40,320
4 $ 24,300 $ 48,600
5 $ 28,440 $ 56,880
6 $ 32,580 $ 65,160
7 $ 36,730 $ 73,460
8 $ 40,890 $ 81,780
For each additional person add $   4,160 $   8,320

    Per Federal Register Notice, 1/25/16

Completing Forms for 2016-17:

When these forms are completed, you may mail them or bring them in to the Financial Aid Office. You will be notified by revised award letter if you are awarded a scholarship. REMEMBER – forms are not acceptable if dated prior to grades being posted for the last term you attended.

Complete the following to apply for a 2016-17 term:

Forms require Adobe Reader. If you require the forms in an alternative format, please contact the Financial Aid office at