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Huskie Installment Plan (HIP)

The Huskie Installment Plan (HIP) is a payment option designed to provide budgetary assistance in meeting NIU students’ semester educational expenses. Through HIP, instead of making a lump sum payment at the beginning of each term, you can spread your NIU semester expenses over four equal monthly payments.

HIP Application Form (pdf)

Estimate your HIP installment amounts with our NIU Planning & Cost Estimator.

How the Plan Works

Your account charges (including the participation fee), less any pending financial aid awards, will be divided equally into four monthly installments. If you have prior term charges of less than $500, the prior balance amount will be spread evenly over the four installments in addition to the new charges.

Read more about how HIP works.


Enrollment in HIP is on a per semester basis. You will need to complete and submit an application for each semester you wish to participate. A non-refundable participation fee of $50 per semester is required for enrollment in HIP. This fee will be divided equally into the four monthly installments.

Early application is recommended. To participate in the four month budget plan, applications must be received by the Bursar’s Office no later than June 30th for fall semester enrollment and no later than November 30th for spring semester enrollment.

How to submit your application

Billing and Due Dates

HIP Statements

Bills Issued

HIP Due Dates

Spring 2016 Initial Statement 12/11/2015 01/11/2016
Statement 01/15/2016 02/11/2016
Statement 02/19/2016 03/13/2016
Statement 03/25/2016 04/11/2016
Fall 2016 Initial Statement 07/15/2016 08/15/2016
Statement 08/19/2016 09/15/2016
Statement 09/23/2016 10/16/2016
Statement 10/28/2016 11/15/2016

Installment Payments

Payment of each installment is to be made by the payment due date; however, you can pre-pay an installment or pay more than the installment. 

Monthly billing statements will be issued by mail in advance of each payment due date. You can also view your HIP installment schedule on MyNIU opens in new window. Monthly installments are due whether or not you receive a bill. Late fees and holds on your records may apply if you pay less than the total amount due by the due date or if your payment is returned by the bank. Read more about fees and holds.

Address Changes

It is your responsibility to notify the Bursar’s Office of any billing address changes as soon as possible. This notification can be done by sending an e-mail to the Bursar Office ( via your NIU e-mail account, or completing a form in the Bursar’s Office.


Refunds of credit balances resulting from monies paid to the plan will be handled according to the university’s refund policy opens in new window.

Plan Withdrawal

You may withdraw from the plan at any time by submitting a written notice to the Bursar’s Office; however, the participation fee of $50 is non-refundable. The regular university tuition payment policy will then apply to any outstanding balance remaining on your account at the time of withdrawal.