Financial Aid

Welcome to Financial Aid

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FALL 2017 Information

August will be here before we know it, and our office is in full swing to make sure you are off to a smooth start this academic year. Check out our Fall 2017 information page to find out what to expect for your financial aid this fall. 

Summer Orientation and Registration

We've enjoyed meeting with so many of our incoming students and their families this summer during orientations! Remember that if you need a refresher of what was covered, we have a copy of the Paying for College presentation online.

Summer 2017

Summer 2017 aid eligibility will be determined using registered hours and remaining 2016-17 aid eligibility*. Students are no longer required to file a summer aid application to apply for summer aid. If you would like an estimate of aid eligibility prior to enrolling in summer courses you may still fill out the 2017 Financial Aid Application.

*Students graduating Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 who have completed a 2017-18 FAFSA may be able to “borrow” financial aid eligibility from the 2017-18 academic year. This will be noted on your award notification if applicable.

If you have questions, wish to cancel or reduce funds, or your enrollment changes, contact the Financial Aid Office, Sherman Hall 127, by calling 309/298-2446 or email

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable

The IRS Data Retrieval tool has been suspended until extra security protections can be added by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Data Retrieval Tool is not anticipated to be back online until the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle. Alternative means of completing verification can be utilized by requesting a tax return transcript.

 For instructions for requesting a tax return transcript please visit

IRS Data Retrieval Tool Update

How to Create Your FSA ID

Before you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must first set up your FSA ID - a username and password - which will be needed to electronically sign and submit the FAFSA.  This step will take a few minutes to complete and you can watch the following video on how to create your FSA ID to help save time. 

Please remember that any parent of a dependent student must create and use their own FSA ID in order to electronically sign the FAFSA. Both parent and student should create their own FSA ID and not have someone else complete this step for them.  For additional information please visit Parents can also watch FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents to get more information.


Get Started

There's a lot to cover, so the best place to begin is our Getting Started section - here you can find checklists, timelines, helpful hints, and other tools created specifically for WIU students.

The first step is always completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online at If you're looking for a quick and easy review, check out the:

Of course, different types of students may need different information. Click below to determine if there are any specific instructions or requirements that may apply to you:

Undergraduate Students Transfer Students International Students Graduate Students

Stay in Touch

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