Merit Scholarships for New Incoming Students 2013-2014
|University Scholars||33 ACT and either top 5% HS class or 3.75 GPA
Includes full tuition, fees, on-campus room and board
|NIU Scholars||27 ACT and either top 5% or 3.75 GPA||4 years||$7,000/yr|
|Northern Academic Scholarship||25-26 ACT and either top 10% or 3.0 GPA; or 27 ACT and above; 6-10% of class or 3.0-3.74 GPA||2 years||$4,000/yr|
|Centennial Scholarship||22-24 ACT and either top 10% or 3.0 GPA||2 years||$3,000/yr|
|Red & Black Award||19-21 ACT and either top 10% or 3.0 GPA; or 22 ACT and above; 11-25% of class||1 year||$3,000|
|Out-of-State Huskie Scholarship||Resident of Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, or Wisconsin; 19 ACT and either top 50% or 2.75 GPA||4 years||$9,466/yr|
|DeKalb County Scholarship||DeKalb County public high school 2013 graduate; Variable criteria (cannot be combined with other scholarships)||2 years||$4,000/yr|
|NIU Transfer Scholarship||3.5 Cumulative Transfer GPA and 30 transferable hours completed at time of admission||2 years||$2,000/yr|
|4 + 3 Pre-Law Scholarship||Pre-law majors with 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA||4 years||$2,000/yr|
|Huskie Legacy Award||Incoming child of NIU alumnus/a||1 year||$1,000|
The above scholarships are awarded based on the application for admission to NIU. Some scholarships are competitive and may not be awarded to all qualified students. Students must meet all academic criteria, including both composite ACT score (or SAT equivalent) and either the class rank or equivalent grade point average using a 4.0 scale.
Scholarships will be awarded as long as funds remain available - students should be admitted to NIU for fall 2013 by December 1, 2012 to be considered for the maximum scholarship amount.
Students intending to enroll in Spring 2013 must be admitted by October 1, 2012 in order to receive consideration for merit scholarships. Due to limited funding, not all qualifed students may receive awards.
Admitted students will be awarded the highest level scholarship for which they are eligible, based on available funding. Other than the Out-of-State Huskie Scholarship, the Huskie Legacy Award, and the 4 +3 Pre-law Scholarship, merit scholarships cannot be combined with other merit scholarships on this list. The University Scholars award cannot be combined with any other award.
Transfer students are eligible for the NIU Transfer Scholarship, the Out-of-State Huskie Scholarship, and the Huskie Legacy Award, as funds remain available. In addition, an application for the Transfer Residential Scholarship will be available in the spring.
Students must be enrolled full-time at NIU in order to be eligible to receive any scholarship offered. Scholarships will be applied toward tuition charges only.
The Scholarship Office and the Student Financial Aid Office will work together to maximize students' financial opportunities, but not all estimated awards may be utilized due to funding restrictions. Make sure to file your FAFSA (available January 1, 2013) by the priority filing date of March 1, 2013 to be considered for the most financial aid!
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