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.

**2021-22 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit   48 Contiguous States & DC     200 % of Poverty Level  
1 $ 12,880 $ 25,760
2 $ 17,420 $ 34,840
3 $ 21,960 $ 43,920
4 $ 26,500 $ 53,000
5 $ 31,040 $ 62,080
6 $ 35,580 $ 71,160
7 $ 40,120 $ 80,240
8 $ 44,660 $ 89,320
For each additional person add $ 4,540 $ 9,090

 **Per ASPE, 8/5/21

Completing Forms for 2021-22:

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.