Release of Information
Parent & Guest Access
The Financial Aid Office is not allowed to discuss your financial aid information with anyone other than you, the student. If you would like the Financial Aid Office to be able to discuss your financial aid information with your parent(s), spouse, or any other person(s), please create a Guest account for that individual on STARS by selecting "Parent & Guest Account Management" from the menu.
By activating a Guest account, you are giving your consent for certain WIU offices to disclose and discuss specified confidential information with your Guest. This authorization to release information will remain in effect as long as you are enrolled at or until you graduate from Western Illinois University. You may revoke your authorization at any time on STARS by updating your Guest's screen options.
One-Time Requests to Release Information
If you would like the Financial Aid Office to provide select information to a specified individual as a one-time release, you may submit our Financial Aid Release of Information Form. This is a single-use form, and students who request repeated releases may be instructed to use the Parent & Guest Account Management listed above.
Getting Started Topics
- Financial Aid Brochure
- Discover What to Expect
- 2017-18 Financial Aid Checklist
- FAFSA Help
- Paying for College at WIU
- The Benefits of Student Employment
- WIU Financial Aid Timeline
- Understanding Your Award Letter
- WIU Financial Aid Reminders
- Release of Information
- Financial Aid Jargon
- 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA