Financial Aid

Federal, state, and University policies and procedures regularly change, so stay informed by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and;Instagram, to get regular financial aid updates and reminders! Find us @WIUFinancialAid on all platforms.

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month!

Each Fall, students across the country can begin the process of applying for financial aid through the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA. Throughout the month of February, the higher education community celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month, in an effort to provide crucial information to students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid.

The WIU Office of Financial Aid has a month of events and activities scheduled to celebrate Financial Aid Awareness Month February 2021. You can find a list of weekly events online @WIUFinancialAid across social media platforms Facebook , Twitter or Instagram .

Week 1 Events (February 1st-5th)

Week 2 Events (February 8th-12th)

Week 3 Events (February 15th-19th)

Week 4 Events (February 22nd-26th)

Over the course of the month students will have an opportunity to enter to win an Apple iPad Air. Enter to win at Tinyurl.com/FinAidiPad. Read through the full terms and conditions.

Check social media for updates and additional activities scheduled throughout the month of February. If you are planning to enroll in college classes during the 2021-22 academic year now would be a great time to apply for financial aid. You can apply online at StudentAid.gov/FAFSA. Don’t delay, apply for aid! #FinAidFeb

File to Win Update

October 8th, 2020

The Financial Aid Office is excited to see so many current and prospective students prioritizing their futures by  filing the 2021-22 FAFSA early. Over 2,400 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have been filed to date (October 8, 2020) and over 1,300 were filed on October 1st alone! Students who filed on October 1st were automatically entered to win a $200 Book Award. Not everyone will win but everyone can benefit from filing early. Winners will be notified once they receive their award letters for the 2021-22 year!

Freshmen will start receiving award letters in early November while returning and transfer students will begin receiving award letters in January 2021. We are working hard to ensure accurate and complete information is displayed on a student’s first award notification from WIU. In the meantime we encourage all students to review their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education and use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to estimate aid eligibility using the  Net Price Calculator.

It's FAFSA Season!

October 1st, 2020

The 2021-2022 FAFSA is now open! Make sure to include WIU on your application by entering our school code: 001780. Remember, the earlier you file, the more eligible you will be for federal and state aid programs.

In order to  file a FAFSA, students and parents/guardians of dependent students will need to have an  FSA ID. It can take up to 3 days to verify an  FSA ID, so we recommend  signing up  for one as soon as possible. 

For more information and helpful filing tips, visit our  FAFSA Help page.