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.

**2013-2014 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States & DC*** 200 % of Poverty Level
1 $ 11,490 $ 22,980
2 $ 15,510 $ 31,020
3 $ 19,530 $ 39,060
4 $ 23,550 $ 47,100
5 $ 27,570 $ 55,140
6 $ 31,590 $ 63,180
7 $ 35,610 $ 71,220
8 $ 39,630 $ 79,260
For each additional person add $   4,020 $   8,040

    Per Federal Register Notice, 1/24/13

Completing Forms for 2014-15:

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 2014-15 term:

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