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Understanding Your Award Letter
Once your FAFSA has been reviewed (along with any additional documentation that was required or requested), an award letter will be issued. You will receive a notification at your WIU email account that your award letter is available to view on STARS. When you log on to STARS, select "Financial Aid Information" from the STARS drop-down menu. Then choose the academic year you wish to view. Finally, select "View Award Letter".
The purpose of your award letter is to inform you of your financial aid eligibility for the school year. NOTE: If the State of Illinois MAP Grant is not included on your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Western Illinois University. Please see the Handbook & Policies for additional information.
Keep in mind that your awards may be adjusted later if:
- Your enrollment is less than full-time (minimum enrollment for loans is six hours).
- You receive aid not included on a previous award letter.
- Funding allocations change, particularly regarding state/federal resources.
Your award letter contains instructions and other beneficial information you need to know, so always review the entire notification. In addition, returning students should regularly track their federal student loan history online using the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) - use the information provided by NSLDS to help maintain your outstanding debt and calculate your future repayment amounts.
Here is an example award letter with some items to keep in mind:
Financial Aid Office * 1 University Circle * Macomb, IL 61455
PHONE: 309-298-2446 * FAX: 309-298-2353
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org * Web: www.wiu.edu/fa
FEDERAL WORK STUDY
FEDERAL PELL GRANT
WIU COMMITMENT SCHOLARSHIP
FEDERAL SUBSIDIZED LOAN
FEDERAL UNSUBSIDIZED LOAN
STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION:
-- Sign a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note. E-sign at www.studentloans.gov. REQUIRED if you want loan
-- Student loans must be repaid; do not borrow more than is necessary. You may reduce or cancel your loan(s) on the "View Financial Awards" page on STARS.
-- Earn credit for at least 67% of your hours attempted and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for financial aid. Read the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy in Handbook & Policies section at www.wiu.edu/fa.
-- Read Aid Process/Disbursement Reminders and all Policies information on our web site.
-- Notify our office of any grants, scholarships, or loans not included above. (Adjustments to above aid may be required).
-- Know that students enrolled in independent study, on-line, or extension courses and/or graduate students taking undergraduate hours may require aid adjustments based on actual enrollment.
-- Email the Financial Aid Office if you will not attend WIU in 2013-14.