Financial Aid

Federal, state, and University policies and procedures regularly change, so stay informed by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to get regular financial aid updates and reminders! Find us @WIUFinancialAid on all platforms.

File to Win!

Posted September 19th, 2021

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 Scavenger Hunt

The Financial Aid Office is organizing a scavenger hunt, open to all, starting on Sept. 28th at 1pm and ending on Sept. 30th at 4pm! 

Every clue will lead to a different spot across campus that contains a QR code. Scan the QR code to reveal the question and test your cleverness and knowledge of financial aid! Once you have completed the scavenger hunt, submit the google form for a chance to win a stadium seat, courtesy of the WIU Bookstore! Three winners will be selected from the group of participants.

Here's a hint! Bring a folder, bag, or something to store things in. Lots of stops will have information for you to collect and get more connected with WIU resources.

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!

Fall 2021 Financial Aid Checklist

Posted June 21, 2021

  • Check your WIU email frequently for notifications from the Financial Aid Office.
  • File your 2021-22 FAFSA and other financial aid documents ASAP! FAFSA applications and other submissions received in August will be processed by date recieved beginning in September due to the volume of processing in August.
  • Set up a Parent and Guest Account on STARS if you want a parent or other person to be able to see your financial aid information on STARS or to talk with Financial Aid staff about your aid.
  • Under the Financials tab in your STARS account, click "Financial Aid Information" to:
    • See if information is needed to complete the review of your FAFSA application.
    • See your Financial Aid Award Offer.
    • See if you need to complete Entrance Counseling
    • See if you need to sign a Master Promissory Note
    • See current financial aid awards. Actual awards may adjust nightly if your enrollment changes.
    • Cancel or reduce any of your loans. Reductions requested after August 1st may take up to 10-15 business days to process and may delay your loan disbursement.
  •  Check B/R Account Detail on STARS under the Financials tab for information from Billing and Receivables Office to:
    • Confirm when aid has been credited to your university account. Aid may adjust nightly if you add or drop courses and your tuition and fees change.
    • Confirm when a refund disbursement has been initiated. Allow 2 business days for direct deposit to personal account.

 Important Dates

August 5th - First day any Fall aid and Fall charges can display on B/R Account Detail in STARS.
August 10th - Billing and Recievables Office emails the first monthly bill for Fall. Loans will not show as a credit on the August bill.
August 13th - Per federal regulations, the earliest that any federal loan funds can be released to your university account. Please be aware that many loans must be manually reviewed which will delay that release. The day after the release, you will see the credit applied on B/R Account Detail.
August 20th - First day for direct deposit of refunds from Billing and Receivables if you have more aid than allowable costs.
August 23rd - first day any private/alternative and Parent PLUS loans will display on B/R Account Detail.

Additional Aid Information and Resources

  • Talent/Athletic awards are credited as soon as notification is received from the department. If your award is not credited, you may contact the awarding department.

  • Illinois National Guard and Illinois Veteran grants are credited as soon as the information is provided by ISAC.  If your award does not appear on your account, you may contact ISAC at 1-800-899-4722.

  • The WIU Foundation Office applies outside scholarships to the billing account as they are received.  If you have a check from an outside scholarship, take it to the WIU Foundation Office in Sherman Hall 303 or mail it to: WIU Foundation, 1 University Circle, SH303, Macomb, IL 61455.

  • Looking for a student job? Visit the Student Employment website for more information

  • Repeating a course? Review the Financial Aid Policy for Repeated Courses.

  • Grades matter! See information about the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month!

Posted February 1, 2021

Each Fall, students across the country can begin the process of applying for financial aid through the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA. Throughout the month of February, the higher education community celebrates Financial Aid Awareness Month, in an effort to provide crucial information to students and families about access to federal, state, and institutional student aid.

The WIU Office of Financial Aid has a month of events and activities scheduled to celebrate Financial Aid Awareness Month February 2021. You can find a list of weekly events online @WIUFinancialAid across social media platforms Facebook , Twitter or Instagram .

Week 1 Events (February 1st-5th)

Week 2 Events (February 8th-12th)

Week 3 Events (February 15th-19th)

Week 4 Events (February 22nd-26th)

Over the course of the month students will have an opportunity to enter to win an Apple iPad Air. Enter to win at Tinyurl.com/FinAidiPad. Read through the full terms and conditions.

Check social media for updates and additional activities scheduled throughout the month of February. If you are planning to enroll in college classes during the 2021-22 academic year now would be a great time to apply for financial aid. You can apply online at StudentAid.gov/FAFSA. Don’t delay, apply for aid! #FinAidFeb

File to Win Update

Posted October 8th, 2020

The Financial Aid Office is excited to see so many current and prospective students prioritizing their futures by  filing the 2021-22 FAFSA early. Over 2,400 Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have been filed to date (October 8, 2020) and over 1,300 were filed on October 1st alone! Students who filed on October 1st were automatically entered to win a $200 Book Award. Not everyone will win but everyone can benefit from filing early. Winners will be notified once they receive their award letters for the 2021-22 year!

Freshmen will start receiving award letters in early November while returning and transfer students will begin receiving award letters in January 2021. We are working hard to ensure accurate and complete information is displayed on a student’s first award notification from WIU. In the meantime we encourage all students to review their Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education and use the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to estimate aid eligibility using the  Net Price Calculator.

It's FAFSA Season!

Posted October 1st, 2020

The 2021-2022 FAFSA is now open! Make sure to include WIU on your application by entering our school code: 001780. Remember, the earlier you file, the more eligible you will be for federal and state aid programs.

In order to  file a FAFSA, students and parents/guardians of dependent students will need to have an  FSA ID. It can take up to 3 days to verify an  FSA ID, so we recommend  signing up  for one as soon as possible. 

For more information and helpful filing tips, visit our  FAFSA Help page.