Financial Aid


Welcome to the Financial Aid process at Western Illinois University! The application process is an annual activity beginning anytime after January 1, 2024 for the following academic year (fall, spring and summer). The WIU priority consideration date is March 1, but applications are accepted throughout the year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for all federal aid and the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP).

Before you begin, some of the following information may be helpful:

Start My FAFSA

Note: Western's School Code for the FAFSA is 001780

Alternative to filing FAFSA

Retaining Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act, allows students that are unable to complete the FAFSA for specific reasons to apply for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. Apply through

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