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Important Notices

SPRING 2017 Disbursements

Monday, Jan. 9, is the first disbursement of the Spring 2017 semester. Please monitor your PAWS for updates to your student account. Due to many variables, not all students will be disbursed on that day. The second disbursement is Tuesday, Jan. 24, and regular disbursements will resume each Monday and Wednesday beginning Jan. 30. No disbursements shall be made between the first and second disbursement dates.

STUDENTS: File your 2017-2018 FAFSA immediately, if you have not already filed. Please see below for an important announcement from ISAC.

2017-18 MAP Deadline: Dec. 21, 2016

EIU has been notified by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission that the deadline for students to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for the 2017-18 academic year is midnight on Dec. 21, 2016. Students meeting MAP criteria must complete the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) by Dec. 21 in order to receive the grant. Therefore, it is critically important to complete your FAFSA immediately. Please remember that the 2015 income tax information is what is needed to complete the FAFSA. Our Office of Financial Aid is here to assist you so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.

For more information about the MAP Grant, please visit

Also, EIU will begin sending out financial aid award letters in January. Therefore, it is also important to not only have your FAFSA complete by Dec. 21, but to have your EIU admissions application complete ASAP. Financial Aid Award letters cannot be sent out until you have officially been admitted to EIU.

Click here to visit the FAFSA site and file now.

Our Federal School Code is 001674.

Apply Now for 2016-2017 Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships encourages all students to apply early for financial aid and scholarships. To ensure full consideration for aid, submit your FAFSA and search for scholarships using the links above as soon as possible after January 1 of each year. We recommend filing by February 15th in order to meet possible state deadlines. If you need more information on how to apply, please visit the links below:

2016-2017 FAFSA and the IRS Data Retrieval Option

The IRS Data Retrieval will be available on the FAFSA beginning February 7. Find out how to make a correction to your 2016-2017 FAFSA using the data retrieval option. Step-by-step instructions are listed here.

Helpful Videos from Federal Student Aid

To find out how to complete various processes for financial aid, watch a YouTube video here

NEW Financial Aid Brochure

Follow this link to the most current financial aid brochure (PDF).