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Western Commitment Transfer Scholarships

New transfer students who finish any associates degree (including applied degrees) from an accredited institution and enroll full-tme at WIU will receive a one-time $400 award to purchase books at the University Bookstore. New transfer students who complete the associate degree with a minimum 3.50 GPA and enroll full-time will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship - these students will not receive the book award.

Once the student is notified of the scholarship upon acceptance, students will only need to maintain eligibility. Students may move among scholarship levels if they improve their GPA prior to enrollment at WIU. Students may enter as a new transfer in any semester.

Students who indicate that they will complete an Associates Degree with the minimum criteria will be provisionally offered the Western  Commitment Transfer Scholarship. Transfer Commitment Scholarships will be packaged as a part of students’ financial aid, added after tuition waivers, federal grants, and state grants to cover all direct costs such as tuition, fees, room, and board. The scholarship will be loaded on to the financial aid package as anticipated and then awarded towards the student’s bill only after they submit official transcripts showing the Associate's Degree has been completed.  Criteria for the scholarships include:

  • Submit your final transcripts from your community college showing completion of your associate degree to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Complete your associate degree with at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA
  • Apply for financial aid at WIU by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • Enroll full-time (12 hours or more) at WIU
  • Maintain good standing with regard to the Student Code of Conduct at WIU

Students will be required to submit a FAFSA to WIU. Students requesting consideration under Illinois Public Act 93-7 will not have to submit a FAFSA, but will need to submit additional information including an affidavit of intent to apply for citizenship to receive a Transfer Commitment Scholarship.  The Transfer Commitment Scholarship program would not disqualify students from receiving loans to cover additional costs of attendance. All scholarships would be awarded on the condition that funding is available for the scholarship.

In addition to Western Commitment Transfer Scholarships, WIU offers many competitive scholarships and grants specifically for transfer students for academics, alumni affiliation, art, athletics, ROTC, leadership, underrepresented status, music and theatre. To apply for these competitive scholarships, visit our scholarship website.