Financial Aid

Our office is now open for limited interaction and visits. Students are still encouraged to utilize a virtual environment to contact us in order to keep you healthy and limit contact. Please send documents via email or fax.
We are happy to visit with you by:
Phone: (309)298-2446
Fax: (309) 298-2353
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Welcome to Financial Aid

"The mission of the Western Illinois University Office of Financial Aid is to provide all students and their families with resources for success through efficient and timely customer service, equitable disbursement of financial awards, and educational programming related to financial literacy.  Through these actions, our goal is to maintain a positive environment that will help create opportunities for equal access to post-secondary education and increase student retention."

Enter to Win a $200 Book Award!

The 2023-24 FAFSA Application opens up on October 1st, 2022. If you file your 2023-24 FAFSA on October 1st, you'll be automatically entered to WIN a $200 book award! Make sure to include WIU's school code: 001780. The earlier you file, the more eligible you will be for federal and state aid programs.

If it is your first time filing a FAFSA, make sure to sign up for a FSA ID as you will need one to complete your FAFSA application. It can take up to 3 days to verify an FSA ID, so we recommend signing up ASAP if you plan on filing October 1st!

Please contact us if you have any questions!

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Financial Aid Virtual Office Hours

Need help filing your FAFSA, understanding your award letter, completing the financial aid verification process or more? Drop in to our virtual office hours and get all your questions answered! Sessions will be held every Monday from 5-7 PM starting August 1st (excluding Thanksgiving Break & Finals Week)!Virtual office hours held every monday starting august 1st

Join us on Zoom!

Note: You will automatically enter the 'Waiting Room" until our advisor has finished speaking with any previous students.

Now That You're Enrolled

  1. After registering for classes, calculate your expected charges using the  WIU Cost Estimator.
    • The first bill of each semester is generally available on STARS the first week of August/January.
    • Federal Direct Loans will be disbursed after the 10th day of the semester and will not appear on the August/January bills. Monitor your University account on STARS by selecting B/R Account Detail.
    • Complete the Direct Deposit Authorization on STARS to receive any refund due to you. Refunds will be ordered following the 10th day of the semester.
    • Remember that funds are to be used only for educationally-related expenses such as books and supplies, room and board or rent and utilities, transportation to class, etc.
  2. Additional loan eligibility may be availableif needed. See Parent PLUS loan and private alternative loan information in the Loans section of our website
  3. Prepare to pay for your books by cash, check, or credit card.
    • Books can be charged to your University account August 6th through August 31st.
  4. Read the Financial Aid Reminders  available on our website.
  5. Read the Financial Aid Handbook & Policy Information available on our website.
  6. Review your federal student loan history . (Log in with your FSA ID)
    • Track your federal student loan debt every year – remember, borrow only what you need!
    • Remember that private student loan information is not available through this federal database, so you will have to keep track of your private loan information yourself.
  7. Get ready to do it all again! Financial aid is an annual process, so there will be new scholarship applications every fall and  a new FAFSA to complete every October.
  8. If you are graduating and/or not returning next year should:

Also review our Frequently Asked Questions!

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 completed online. 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:

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Stay in Touch

Are you looking for an easy way to stay up to date in the world of financial aid? Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram! These are both great and convenient ways for WIU students and parents to receive regular reminders, updates, and current financial aid news directly from our office.

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