Financial Aid

FAQ - Eligibility

  • What is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?
    • The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial ability to pay for college as determined by the information you supply on the FASFA. Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college. Our office uses your EFC to calculate the amount of need-based student aid you are eligible to receive, such as federal and state grants.
  • How is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated?
    • The Department of Education uses a Federal Methodology (FM) formula to calculate your EFC, which helps schools determine your financial aid eligibility. The calculation takes into account your family's income, the number of family members, the value of assets, and a variety of other factors as reported on the FAFSA.
  • How do I view my financial aid award?
    • As soon as the Financial Aid Office has determined your financial aid awards, we will send you an Award Notification to both your WIU email and the personal email you provided on the FAFSA, notifying you that your awards are available to view on STARS, a secure site where students can access their student information. All further notifications throughout the year will be to your WIU email account only.
      Once you have logged into STARSnavigate to the "Financials" tab and select "Financial Aid Information". Then, click on the academic year you want to view. There will be a link to view your "Award Offers".
  • Do my grades affect my financial aid eligibility?
    • WIU is required by state and federal regulations to consider academic progress before financial aid is awarded. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is measured by course completion, GPA, and total number of credit hours earned.

      If you have a SAP problem, you will receive an email from the Financial Aid Office to your WIU email. The email will contain instructions on how to submit your appeal online, along with any additional requirements needed.