Waivers and Scholarships

In addition to Federal and State grants and Federal Loans, there are numerous scholarship programs, State and University waiver programs, and educational assistance programs from various businesses, organizations, and agencies that provide financial assistance for eligible students.


Waivers are similar to scholarships and are awarded by the University and various State agencies. Information on waiver programs can be obtained from the Scholarship Office open in new window, Financial Aid Office open in new window, and College Offices.

For graduate assistantship waivers and waiver programs for University employees and dependents you should contact Human Resource Services open in new window.


Scholarships are financial awards generally based on certain eligibility criteria such as grade point average, class rank, program of study, or ethnicity, etc.. There are numerous scholarships offered by a variety of organizations, and scholarships, like grants, are money you do not have to pay back.

Northern Illinois University’s Scholarship Office can provide you with information on scholarship programs available through NIU. To learn more about this office and various scholarship programs for which you may be eligible select Scholarship Office open in new window.

Where to send scholarship checks:

Northern Illinois University
Student Financial Aid Office
Attn: Scholarships
Swen Parson 245
DeKalb, IL 60115

View the Financial Aid Scholarship page open in new window to learn more.