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Financial Aid

Decision Deadline Extended

Because of changes in FAFSA, we're extending our regular enrollment decision deadline to June 1 for domestic students. We're pleased to extend this deadline as a courtesy; however, we're confident we'll be able to have aid estimates prepared well in advance of the usual May 1 timeframe so you can make the college selection that's right for you.

You'd Be Surprised: IWU Financial Aid

Illinois Wesleyan University has long been committed to putting a superior education within the reach of every single qualified applicant.

We stand more firmly in that commitment than ever. We understand a diverse student body - a value called out in our mission statement - includes qualified students that quite possibly hail from a variety of economic backgrounds. Our goal is simple: to admit students we believe will best thrive academically, develop personally, and contribute to the IWU community.


The FAFSA Simplification Act has created significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2024-25. Schools will not get any results until mid-March. Illinois Wesleyan's preferred filing deadline is February 1 for new students and March 1 for returning students.

Here are a few short videos from federal student aid that may help you navigate through the changes.


The Right Investment


Your goal after completing school is to earn a salary. What if we told you that, chances are, you’ll earn more with an Illinois Wesleyan degree than with a degree from other competitor schools in Illinois? We’ve reviewed the research and it is true. Illinois Wesleyan graduates earn an average of $61,100 after graduation. Zippiaia has ranked us #1 in Illinois for salaries of graduates (2018).

*10 years after graduation

chart of students paying down debt with IWU having the highest rate of 87%



Your ability to pay down debt after graduation speaks to your ability to find employment, and the salary you command after graduation. At Illinois Wesleyan, our Hart Career Center (HCCCC) staff is dedicated to helping students find purposeful and rewarding internships, create stellar resumes highlighting breakthrough experiences, and connecting them to a vast network of recruiters, employers and alumni.




More than 95% of IWU students receive aid

That's right. More than 95%  of incoming students from all backgrounds qualify for scholarship or grant assistance.  In fact, on average, over half of tuition is covered by  scholarships and grants  for incoming Illinois Wesleyan students.

Financial Aid Application Process

How to apply for aid

It is now time to begin filling out the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA) based on 2022 income IWU's Federal School Code is 001696.

FAFSA will be available by January 1, but we encourage families to wait a few weeks before completing it. Due to changes with FAFSA IWU is moving preferential filing date to March 1, 2024. For more information, please use this link on updates of the FAFSA Simplification


CalculatorWe want to help you understand all of your options and make it simple to receive them. 

With generous aid packages from a range of sources IWU families pay far less than you might expect. To give you an idea, we offer a net price calculator.


Scholarships & Grants

The largest source of gift aid is derived from friends of Illinois Wesleyan University who have provided funds for worthy students who need assistance.
You do not have to apply separately for these generously endowed scholarships.

When you first submit your application for admission along with your transcripts, you will be considered for all merit scholarships.


Interest for student loans is typically lower than consumer rates. The success rate of Illinois Wesleyan graduates paying their loans is historically over 97%, well above the national average.

IWU is now using Heartland ESCI to service the Federal Nursing Loan and IWU Loan. You can access more information using this link.

Student Employment

A job on campus helps students pay for their education while gaining valuable work experience. Studies show that students who work while attending college do as well or better in school than their classmates who don’t work.

Current Job Openings


Scott Seibring - Director of Financial Aid

Department - Financial Aid