Financial Aid

Guide for Completing Western Illinois Sponsored TANF Online Forms

If you meet the following criteria and wish to be considered for a Western Illinois Sponsored TANF Scholarship, please complete the forms as outlined below:

Scholarship eligibility criteria:

To be considered, students MUST meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Illinois resident;
  • Have income below 200% of the poverty level** and/or receive TANF;
  • Have a minor child/children (under the age of 18);
  • Be accepted and enrolled full-time (minimum 12 hours) in a post-secondary education level program/courses leading to a 1st baccalaureate degree and employment;
    • Exceptions granted to minimum enrollment requirements on a case by case basis and during summer enrollment - appeal to be submitted in writing with Student Record for the term involved, excluding summer
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a 4.0 scale;
  • Meet WIU Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines as defined by the Financial Aid Office for all students receiving financial aid each semester;
  • Achieve their degree within a maximum of 8 years (provided funding is available for continuing the program);
  • Meet the eligibility criteria each semester funding is awarded.

**2022-23 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit   48 Contiguous States & DC     200 % of Poverty Level  
1 $ 13,590 $ 27,180
2 $ 18,310 $ 36,620
3 $ 23,030 $ 46,060
4 $ 27,750 $ 55,500
5 $ 32,190 $ 64,380
6 $ 37,190 $ 74,380
7 $ 41,910 $ 83,820
8 $ 46,630 $ 93,260
For each additional person add $ 4,720 $ 9,440

 **Per ASPE, 1/12/22

Completing Forms for 2022-23:

Applicants will need to submit all five mandatory forms for their applications to be reviewed along  with a medical card for the applicant and all minor children.

Eligibility and Awarding of TANF funds will not occur until after the add/drop period (10th day) of the term in which aid is being requested.