Financial Aid

Emergency Aid Application

Overview

The Emergency Aid Application for the Summer 2020 term has been closed. Funds have been allocated to eligible applicants and awards will be made beginning June 22, 2020. Eligible applicants will be notified via email.

If you are experiencing a financial hardship that has affected you or your family's ability to pay for college for the 2020-21 academic year, financial aid has special circumstance appeals available to assist you. If you have questions regarding these options please email us at financial-aid@wiu.edu or call (309)298-2446. We will be happy to assist you in evaluating your options or with the completion of the forms.

Covered Expenses

Examples of expenses that can be covered include:
  • Technology needs to complete online spring courses, including laptops, printers and scanners, software, access to WiFi, expansion of data plans, etc.
  • Books and other essential academic supplies
  • Basic personal needs such as emergency housing, food, toiletries and transportation
  • Emergency medical, dental or mental health expenses not covered by insurance (ie. eyeglasses, medication, emergency/unexpected procedure)
  • Childcare needs
  • Costs to travel home unexpectedly, travel to and from work or for educational purposes
  • Travel related to the death or emergency of an immediate family member
  • Safety-related needs, including the needs of victims of domestic violence
  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire or natural disaster
  • Basic utilities

Types of expenses generally not covered include:

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, study abroad costs and outstanding debt to the university
  • Campus housing
  • Health insurance costs
  • Non-emergency medical-related expenses
  • Non-essential costs, such as those for entertainment, recreation and non-emergency travel
  • Non-essential utilities (cable costs not associated with WiFi)
  • Parking tickets and traffic fines
  • Technology not related to education (gaming systems)

CARES Reporting

View the first Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Fund Report as of May 28, 2020.

View the second Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Fund Report as of July 10, 2020

FAQ

Why do I need permission to view the Emergency Aid Application?

Students can only access the application when they are logged into their WIU Google accounts. To ensure you are logged into your WIU account, open an Incognito Window in Google Chrome (or Private Window in Firefox). Open the Emergency Aid Application link and sign in using your WIU email account. You should have access to the application.

Who is eligible to apply for emergency aid?

All degree-seeking, currently enrolled students, including undergraduate and graduate, full- and part-time students, are eligible to apply for the grant. Students ineligible to apply for emergency grants may be eligible for emergency aid through institutional funding via the WIU Foundation. Students can apply for alternative emergency aid through the Scholarship Office by email at SC-Office@wiu.edu.

How will I receive funding if approved?

Students who complete the form will be contacted within 48 hours by a member of the Financial Aid Office who will identify resources appropriate to student needs. Our goal is to provide funding decisions within five business days of the request. Any awarded grants will be directly applied to student accounts and refunded by Billing & Receivables via direct deposit.

Can I apply more than once?

No, applications will be limited to one submission. 

Why did I not receive the amount of emergency aid I requested?

In an effort to be equitable awards were made based on a scoring formula and sliding scale. If you would like more information regarding this formula please contact financial aid at (309)298-2446 or via email at financial-aid@wiu.edu.

If I need additional funds can I request additional funds?

There may be additional rounds of awarding (based on availability of funds). It is unsure at this time if a new application would be requested or if original applications will be used to analyze additional need. Supporting documentation may be requested in additional rounds of awarding.

How will I find out how much I was awarded in emergency aid?

Students will be notified via WIU email when awards are made.

How can I receive my emergency grant?

Grants are applied to a student's University account.  Credits will be issued via direct deposit. Please ensure that the correct bank account is set up under the Direct Deposit Authorization on STARS. If you have not authorized direct deposit, please do so prior to requesting the credit. If direct deposit is unavailable, please let Billing & Receivables know by emailing WIUCares@wiu.edu.

What can I use my emergency grant for?

  • Technology needs to complete online spring courses, including laptops, printers and scanners, software, access to WiFi, expansion of data plans, etc.
  • Books and other essential academic supplies
  • Basic personal needs such as emergency housing, food, toiletries, and transportation
  • Emergency medical, dental or mental health expenses not covered by insurance (ie. eyeglasses, medication, emergency/unexpected procedure)
  • Childcare needs
  • Costs to travel home unexpectedly, travel to and from work or for educational purposes
  • Travel related to the death or emergency of an immediate family member
  • Safety-related needs, including the needs of victims of domestic violence
  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire or natural disaster
  • Basic Utilities

If I wanted to use my emergency grant to pay down my student account could I do so?

Emergency grants must be refunded to the student in its entirety. If a student would like to use the funds toward their University balance they can do so by making a personal payment after the funds are refunded.

What should I do if I am unsure if my expenses are covered by the grant?

We encourage all students in need to fill out this form describing the resources and/or funding they need to successfully pursue their studies. Students who complete the form will be contacted within 48 hours by a member of the Financial Aid Office who will offer support. Aside from the potential for funding, we’ll connect applicants to any other available resources on campus and throughout their local community that could help them overcome the challenges they face on their degree paths. If you have questions, we encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Office at financial-aid@wiu.edu or (309)298-2446.