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
Email: financial-aid@wiu.edu
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."  

Need help filing your FAFSA?

We'll be hosting a series of FAFSA Workshops throughout February. In these sessions, we will have a short presentation followed by a Q& A Session. To take full advantage of this opportunity, you will need your 2020 tax returns, FSA ID, and social security number ready. We’ll also answer questions about alternatives for families whose tax information has changed due to COVID-19. You can RSVP on Purple Post or join the Zoom session at the date and time listed!

Thursday, February 3rd, 5-6PM

Wednesday, February 16th, 7-8PM

We will also have FAFSA Help Drop-In hours from 5-7PM every Monday school is in session for the spring semester. If you have a quick question about filing your FAFSA, join one of these sessions! More details can be found on our Facebook Events

Looking for your Award Letter?

We have started processing FAFSAs for the 2022-23 Academic Year. Award letters for new freshman will be sent out starting in January. New transfer and returning students are expected to receive award letters starting at the beginning of March. 

Keep an eye on your WIU email and STARS Account. If you have been selected for Verification, we may need additional documents before we can process your Award Letter. Make sure to turn in the requested documents as soon as possible so that we can generate your award letter based on the timeline above. You will be notified via WIU Email and a notification in STARS if you have been selected for Verification

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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