Financial Aid


Financial Aid Process

The financial aid application process is an annual activity beginning any time after October 1st for the upcoming academic year (fall, spring and summer). The first step of the application process is completing The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for all federal aid (including loans) and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP).

The WIU priority consideration date for applications is January 1st , but applications are accepted throughout the year. Financial aid applications are reviewed in the order they are received, and any applications received after August 1 may not be completed prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

1. Application

Completing your FAFSA is always the first step, and must be done each year!

2. Verification

Some students will be required to verify their application information.

3. Review

Each complete application will be reviewed by a financial aid advisor.

4. Notification

You will be notified of your financial aid awards through your University email.

5. Disbursement

Certain procedures or requirements can affect when you receive your aid.