Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

  • Fall 2023 financial aid processing timeline - for students enrolling in the fall 2023 semester, we are currently in the process of determining aid for the upcoming school year. Make sure to check your MyNIU tasks in case our office is requesting any additional documentation. You will receive an email notification to your NIU email when your financial aid offer is available.
  • Spring 2023 financial aid - for students enrolled in the spring 2023 semester, make sure you have accepted any federal loans you need to pay your bill in your MyNIU by May 1 and completed the MPN and Loan Entrance Counseling on
  • Summer 2023 financial aid processing timeline - for students enrolling in the summer 2023 semester, financial aid is typically awarded in May/June after you have enrolled at least half-time.


2023-24 FAFSA is Open

The FAFSA form is available for 2023-24. Students should complete or renew their FAFSA form for each year that you will be attending college. Illinois students who are not eligible for federal financial aid should complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid.

Student Loan Debt Relief

On Aug. 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief targeted to low- and middle-income families. The application is open through 12/31/23.

NIU is within your reach.

We're committed to helping you afford a life-changing education. Our undergraduate tuition rates haven’t increased in the last five years, while we’ve added millions of dollars in new scholarships. Let us show you all your options for financial aid.

We're here to help.

We make it easy to access assistance. Our advisors will even personally guide you through the process. More than 80% of our undergraduate Huskies receive support paying for college. We can help you, too.

Get started by learning about types of aid, costs and deadlines:

Did you search but still can't find what you are looking for? Check our FAQ or contact us.

Huskie Pledge

Eligible Illinois seniors who enroll at NIU next fall will pay no tuition or general fees.

Eligibility Requirements

Student Financial Advising

Our Student Financial Advising Services team can educate and advise you and your family members on: Financial aid, tuition and fees and general financial literacy.

Huskie Spotlight

Robert Bishop

My number one goal was to get out of college without any student loans and NIU gives me that chance.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Swen Parson Hall 245

For scholarship-specific questions

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Protecting Your Information

NIU School Code

Use NIU's School Code when completing the FAFSA.


MyNIU Shared Access

Share financial information with parents, family or guests with MyNIU Shared Access.

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