NIU is required by the U.S. Department of Education to prioritize students with exceptional financial need, such as those who receive Pell. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA authorizes NIU to award these grants to students who are exclusively enrolled in distance education and also meet the exceptional financial need criteria.
Undergraduate, graduate and law school students who are enrolled at least half time for the spring 2021 term may qualify. NIU will use federal criteria to determine eligibility and will issue an $800 grant to students who have the greatest financial need, based on income information provided in the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Grants will be issued automatically; students will not need to apply for the funding.
Current federal statute does not allow CRRSAA funds to be distributed to international students or undocumented students.