Financial Aid Makes Illinois Wesleyan Opportunities Possible
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In a state where funding for public higher education continues
to be uncertain, independent universities such as Illinois Wesleyan University are
more affordable options than families might think. When Meri Brown of Chicago was
searching for colleges, she was focused on leaving Illinois for large schools in neighboring
“I was considering Mizzou and Wisconsin-Milwaukee for location, size and affordability,”
she recalled. “At the time, I wanted the big-school atmosphere.”
After a visit to Illinois Wesleyan, however, Brown fell in love with the campus culture and people.
“I was introduced to current students, and they seemed to genuinely love it here and
all the school had to offer,” she said. “The campus environment was so welcoming and
felt like home.”
Brown also began to realize that a smaller school would be a better fit for her. And
even though the big state schools would be less expensive after all financial aid
was considered, Brown believed a degree from Illinois Wesleyan would have higher value.
“I felt that Illinois Wesleyan would provide me with greater opportunities in the
long run,” she said.
Those opportunities extend both in and out of the classroom. “The staff and faculty
have helped me so much in my experience here,” said Brown. “My professors often talk
to me about my future goals and what I need to do to achieve them. The Hart Career
Center staff has directed many opportunities to me in regard to my major, which is
accounting. And the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has worked closely with me to provide an inclusive environment and offer the opportunity
to participate in the Summer Enrichment Program. I am forever grateful to all of them for their help.”
That help covers financial assistance as well. Like more than 90 percent of Illinois
Wesleyan’s student body, Brown receives financial aid. “The work that IWU’s Financial Aid staff does for the students here is remarkable,” she said. “I am in awe of how well
the Financial Aid staff caters to the students. I have heard my friends at other schools
tell me how they are always frustrated with their school’s financial aid department.
Here, I have gone into the Financial Aid office on many occasions worried, and I have
always left feeling more relieved because of their guidance. They are very attentive
and extend as many resources as they can to students.”
A helpful, caring, student-centered college experience is not inexpensive. But when
financial aid enters into the equation, an Illinois Wesleyan education is within reach
of any student.
“If I had gone anywhere else, I would not have met the people here who mean the most
to me,” said Brown. “Because of its small size and the campus environment, I’ve made
a family at Illinois Wesleyan. And the great financial aid package I received made