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.
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Phone: (309)298-2446
Fax: (309) 298-2353
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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."

Stop by our Mobile Office Hours!

Have questions about your financial aid? Don't have time to stop by our office during the day? Come see us at our table in Thompson Hall, and the University Union at different times and days of the week to get your questions answered!

See our full schedule for Spring 2023.

Timeline for 2023-24 Financial Aid

**Award Letters for new/incoming freshman will be processed in the order student's filed their FAFSA's starting in January 2023. Award letters for transfer and returning students will be processed starting in March 2023. If you are waiting for your award offer you can utilize our Net Price Calculator to estimate your cost of attendance and financial aid package. You can find a video tutorial on our YouTube channel along with other video tutorials on verification, understanding your award offer and navigating

  1. File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aidto be considered for federal and state financial aid for the 2023-24 school year if you haven't already (it’s a good idea to do this every year, even if you don’t expect aid). You will use 2021 tax information to complete the application. Make sure to include WIU as a school you would like to receive your FAFSA (school code 001780).
  2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)   for any mistakes or errors that need correcting.
  3. Regularly check your WIU email  and  STARS/Financial Aid Information  for any notifications or requests from our office.
  4. IF SELECTED for Verification, submit the requested worksheet and additional requirements as instructed. You will receive an email notification if you have been selected for Verification and a STARS/Financial Aid Information message will also be posted.
  5. Review your Financial Aid Award Letter on STARS/Financial Aid Information.
    • Award Letters for new/incoming freshman will be processed in the order student's filed their FAFSA's starting in January, 2023. Award letters for transfer and returning students will be processed starting in March 2023
    • You will be notified by email that your award letter has been completed and is available online.
    • Estimate your expenses using the  WIU Cost Estimator.
    • You may reduce or cancel your loans using  STARS.
  6. Start saving for upfront costs and personal expenses
  7. Notify our office of any additional aid  you will receive that was not listed on your award letter.
  8. Complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note if this will be your first time borrowing Federal Direct Student Loans.

See the full Financial Aid Checklist to get prepared for next year!

Check out these Financial Aid Webinars

If you're having trouble completing your FAFSA or understanding your financial aid, check out these webinars by MEFA! These webinars will cover topics like how to file the FAFSA, what types of errors to avoid when filing the FAFSA, and the types of aid you could receive. Also check out their blog for more FAQs on financial aid eligiblity, how to become an independent student, and more!


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:

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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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