Western Illinois University awards automatic Western Commitment scholarships to eligible incoming freshmen who have earned a cumulative 3.0/4.0+ GPA and a minimum 1030 SAT or 20 ACT. WIU considers the student's weighted or unweighted GPA, whichever is higher, and converted to a 4.0 scale. Award amounts are based on the student's highest SAT total or ACT composite score submitted prior to enrollment in the student's first term at WIU. Students may move up in scholarship levels if they improve their test scores prior to enrollment, or earn a 3.0/4.0 GPA or higher at time of high school graduation. Students need to send official final transcripts and test scores to WIU Admissions to receive scholarship awards.
How the Scholarship Works
Western Commitment scholarships are automatically awarded to the student's account for up to eight semesters (four years) of full-time undergraduate attendance in fall/spring terms and are contingent on renewal criteria. Students will receive the maximum amount of scholarship funding up to total direct costs (tuition, fees, campus housing and meal plan) after federal/state grants, tuition/room waivers and other aid. Students cannot receive scholarship funds in excess of their cost of attendance. Federal loans or additional scholarships may be used above total direct costs to cover additional education expenses such as books and travel.
Students must apply for admission prior to May 15, 2019, for consideration. Students applying for admission using self-reported grades and test scores will be awarded a Western Commitment scholarship, but must submit final, official transcripts and official test scores verifying eligibility to receive scholarship funding. Students applying for admission under Illinois Public Act 93-7 (Illinois DREAM Act) are not required to file a FAFSA, but will need to submit an affidavit of intent to apply for citizenship to receive a Western Commitment scholarship. All other students must complete the FAFSA, even if they do not expect to receive need-based aid.