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
Call to Schedule an Appointment

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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."  

File to Win!

File your 2022-23 FAFSA on  October 1st, and be automatically entered to WIN a $200 book award! Make sure to include WIU's school code: 001780. Remember, 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 are planning on filing October 1st! 

For more information, view the  7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA.

Want help completing your FAFSA? Drop into one of our Zoom sessions that we'll be hosting on October 1st! Get all your FAFSA questions answered by a financial aid advisor. 

10AM-12PM Session
4PM-6PM Session

Financial Aid Crossword

FAFSA is just around the corner! Do you feel confident about your financial aid knowledge? Now is the time to put it to the test. Complete this crossword activity & bring it back to our office at Sherman Hall 127 by September 30th to be entered to win a WIU Blanket!

All answers to this crossword can be found on our website. Feel free to stop by our mobile office hours for help completing this puzzle! Good luck!

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:

Undergraduate Students Transfer Students International Students Graduate Students

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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