Financial Aid

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.

New Student Financial Aid Portal Launch

WIU Student Financial Aid Portal

In an effort to modernize and automate financial aid management at Western Illinois University, as well as improve the process for students, Western has partnered with Regent Education Group to implement a new financial aid management solution.

The updated Financial Aid Portal will allow students to quickly access all financial aid tools in a single click and easily see items that require your attention in order to keep your application and financial aid process moving.

You can access the financial aid portal by visiting: WIU Student Financial Aid Portal. Sign in using your WIU ECom username/password (same sign in as WIU email). If you have not activated your WIU email, please click here to Activate your ECom Account.

Quick Notes
 - Our new Financial Aid Portal is for the FY2024-25 academic year. Prior years and current Summer information will still be accessed via your STARS page.
 - Not all features of the Portal are active since FY25 is not yet active. Currently it is intended for giving students a quick and easy means to upload their documentation, verify, and see the status of their aid.
 - If you have previously sent us documentation you expected to see on your Financial Aid Portal, please go ahead and upload it again using the new system for quickest results. While we try to have our records transfer process as complete as possible, with so many students it's difficult to guarantee. Please help us by using the portal first.

For further questions related to the Financial Aid portal, please contact us.

No need to apply for Summer 2024 Financial Aid!

Summer 2024 aid eligibility will be determined using registered hours and remaining 2023-24 aid eligibility*. Once a student is registered, financial aid will determine aid eligibility and notify the student via email using their WIU email address. Processing will begin early April 2024 and will occur in order of registration.

*Students graduating Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 who have completed a 2024-25 FAFSA may be able to “borrow” financial aid eligibility from the 2024-25 academic year. This will be noted on your award notification, if applicable.

2024-25 FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education has been reprocessing the bulk of all filed FAFSA's identified as being possibly effected by any errors throughout early May, and has opened them up to student and parent corrections.

Western Illinois University students and families can, and should, file the FAFSA, and we encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as you can.

We encourage students and families to use the Net Price Calculator utilizing the same components used to file the FAFSA to get an estimate of your financial aid.

Financial Aid Videos & Webinars

WIU Financial Aid Youtube Channel

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!

Leatherneck Launchpad

The Leatherneck Launchpad video series provides in-depth answers to questions you might have as you begin your journey as a Leatherneck. In these videos you can hear from campus experts on topics like paying for college, life on campus, transfer student insights, student conduct and much more. These videos are helpful regardless of what stage you're in; prospective students, current students or even Alumni can watch and learn more about WIU!

Leatherneck Launchpad

Sallie Mae - Financial Aid HACKED

An engaging and easy to understand video series provided on Sallie Mae's Youtube Channel.

Inceptia’s 2023 edition of Great Advice for Parents

Free resource published annually (now in it's 8th year) to provide high school students and families with timely and relevant college prep information.

With continued partnership with NerdWallet, allows Great Advice to feature a variety of topics, ranging from the new FAFSA simplification changes, to determining the value of a college degree, to managing your money in college, and more!

Great Advice For Parents - 2023 Edition

Connect with WIU Financial Aid


Sherman Hall 127
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

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

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 11:30 am,
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Phone Hours: M-F 10:00 am - 11:30 am,
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm