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Guide for Completing TANF Online Forms

If you meet the following criteria and wish to be considered for a TANF Scholarship for Spring 2013, 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;
  • Register with the Career Development Center after earning 60 credit hours.

**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:

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

2013-2014 TANF Low Income Degree Scholarship Program Application (completed each award year). Fill in all required sections - incomplete applications will not be processed.

Student Record Fall 2013 & Student Record Spring 2014 - (complete each term TANF is awarded)

  1. Fill in your name (please print), Social Security number, DHS case number (put N/A on the DHS Case # line if you do not receive any assistance), and address.
  2. Put "Y" or "N" in blank before criteria bullets as applicable except leave the last bullet blank .
  3. Do Not complete the Funding/Progress Information Section
  4. Complete employment information. If you are unemployed, put unemployed on one of the lines.
  5. Sign and date the form.
  6. Leave the Provider Signature line blank.

If you are a first-time TANF recipient, you must complete an Authorization for Release of Personal Information. This allows us to furnish the Department of Human Services your grades and let them access to your FAFSA information if requested.

TANF Recipient Acknowledgment Form (complete each award year) After reading each bulleted item, initial in the space provided, print your name, fill in your WIU ID#, sign and date the form.

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.