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For many students and families, the cost of attending college can be too great to manage alone – for this reason, WIU Financial Aid Office is available to assist eligible students in obtaining financial aid so they may achieve their educational goals. There are many types of financial aid available, including grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment.

In general, financial aid can be used to pay tuition, fees, books, supplies, and certain living expenses. To be sure you receive the money you are eligible for, it is best to plan ahead. The financial aid process may take up to 8-12 weeks, so start your application process early (as soon as January 1)!


Financial Aid - Getting Started

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2014-15 FAFSA Processing

The WIU FInancial Aid Office began processing 2014-15 award letters on January 23, 2014

We are so excited that many of you followed our request to file early - 1,300 students filed on January first and over 5,200 filed by January 31st! But now we have a backlog to work through - please see the chart below to determine when to expect your award letter.

Files that must be reviewed manually will be reviewed in date order. Please note that beginning mind-March, we will also be processing Summer 2014 Financial Aid Applications.

If your FAFSA was selected for verification and all required documents were submitted to the Financial Aid Office
- OR -
If your FAFSA was NOT selected for verification and your initial FAFSA was submitted:
Expect your award letter, or a request for additional information, no sooner than*:
January 1-31 March 10
February 1-14 March 17
February 15-28 March 24
March 1-14 March 31
March 15-21 April 4
March 22-28 April 18
March 31-April 4 April 25
April 5-11 May 2
April 12-18 May 9
April 19-25 May 16
April 26-May 2 May 23
May 3-9 May 30
May 10-16 June 6

*Please allow more time to complete processing if additional information is requested during review

2013-14 FAFSA Processing

The Financial Aid Office began processing 2013-14 award letters February 28, 2013.  Files that must be reviewed manually will be reviewed in date order.

If your FAFSA was selected for verification and all required documents were submitted to the  Financial Aid Office: Expect your award letter or a request for additional information/clarification no sooner than:
February 26-March 11 April 12
March 12-25 April 19
March 26-April 8 April 26
If your FAFSA was NOT selected for verification and your initial FAFSA was submitted:  Expect your award letter or a request for additional information/clarification no sooner than:
February 12-25 April 5
February 26-March 11 April 12
March 12-25 April 19
March 26-April 8 April 26

If you need this content in an alternative format, please contact Karin Chouinard at (309) 762-9481 or KK-Chouinard@wiu.edu.


**Important MAP Grant Information**

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the announcement of 2014-15 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for all students whose initial 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Friday, February 28, 2014.

Additional Information

Contact Information

A Financial Aid Advisor will be on campus at WIU-Quad Cities starting at 9:00 am on the following days:
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

Macomb Financial Aid Office

WIU Title IV School Code: 001780