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.
We are happy to visit with you by:
Phone: (309)298-2446
Email: financial-aid@wiu.edu
Fax: (309) 298-2353
Call to Schedule an Appointment

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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."  

Important Spring 2022 Finanical Aid Information

Important dates in January:

January 4th - First day any Spring aid and Spring charges can display on B/R Account Detail in STARS. First day students can utilize book awards at bookstore.
January 10th - Per federal regulations, the earliest that any federal loan funds can be released to your university account. Please be aware that many loans must be manually reviewed which will delay that release. The day after the release, you will see the credit applied on B/R Account Detail.
January 11th - Billing & Recievables Office emails the first monthly bill for Spring.
January 14th - First day for direct deposit of refunds from Billings if you have more aid than allowable costs.
January 23rd - First day any private/alternative loans will display on B/R Account Detail.

Check Financial Aid Information on STARS to:
  • See if information is needed to complete the review of your FAFSA application.
  • See your Financial Aid Award Offer and current Financial Aid Awards. Actual awards may adjust nightly if your enrollment changes.
  • See if you need to sign a Master Promissory Note or complete Loan Entrance Counseling
Check B/R Account Detail on STARS to:
  • Confirm when aid has been credited to your university account. Aid may adjust nightly if you add or drop courses and your tuition and fees change.
  • Confirm when a refund disbursement has been initiated. Allow 2 business days for direct deposit to your personal bank account.**

** Direct Deposit is the quickest way to recieve any refunds. You can set this up in STARS (Financials Tab--> Direct Deposit Authorization).

Additional Tips
  • Check your WIU email frequently for notifications from the Financial Aid Office.
  • Talent/Athletic awards are credited as soon as notification is received from the department. If your award is not credited, you may contact the awarding department.
  • Illinois National Guard (ING) and Illinois Veteran grants (IVG) are credited as soon as the information is provided by ISAC. If your award does not appear on your account, you can contact ISAC at 1-800-899-4722.
  • The WIU Foundation Office applies outside scholarships to the billing account as they are received. If you have a check from an outside scholarship, take it to the WIU Foundation Office in Sherman Hall 303.
  • Wanting to work? View the student job board and other employment information at the Student Employment website
  • Repeating a course? See information about the Financial Aid Policy for Repeated Courses 
  • Grades matter! See information about the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Set up a Parent and Guest Account on STARS if you want a parent or other person to be able to see your financial aid information on STARS or to talk with Financial Aid staff about your aid.

Need help filing your FAFSA?

We'll be hosting a series of FAFSA Workshops throughout January and February. In these sessions, we will have a short presentation followed by a Q& A Session. To take full advantage of this opportunity, you will need your 2020 tax returns, FSA ID, and social security number ready. We’ll also answer questions about alternatives for families whose tax information has changed due to COVID-19. You can RSVP on Purple Post or join the Zoom session at the date and time listed!

Tuesday, January 11th, 6-7PM

Sunday, January 23rd, 3-4PM

Thursday, February 3rd, 5-6PM

Wednesday, February 16th, 7-8PM

We will also have FAFSA Help Drop-In hours every Monday school is in session for the spring semester. If you have a quick question about filing your FAFSA, join one of these sessions! More details can be found on our Facebook Events

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:

Undergraduate Students Transfer Students International Students Graduate Students

Stay in Touch

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