Student Right to Know
Colleges and universities have many reporting and disclosure requirements. Additionally, NIU believes it is important to provide students, prospective students, faculty, staff, families and members of the community with easy access to a broad range of information and policies. This page organizes the information into categories and provides links to data, procedures, consumer information, general information about the institution and other required disclosures.
The information listed below is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act and the Student Right to Know Act. Not all university policies, forms or data is listed below. NIU catalogs, handbooks, other publications and websites provide additional information.
NIU has designated staff available on a full-time basis to assist enrolled and prospective students to obtain information. Use the A-Z Index at the top of most web pages to select the office or department you wish to contact.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. The law protects the rights of students and ensures the privacy and accuracy of education records. Students have a right to review their education records, to request amendment of records, to control the disclosures of personally identifiable information and to file complaints with the Department of Education.
- Accreditation and Affiliations
- Academic Programs
- The Academic Programs link connects you to a listing of each academic college, department and program offered at Northern Illinois University. Information regarding requirements, policies, course offerings, instructional, laboratory and other facilities specific to the program, faculty and instructional personnel, is housed on the Academic Program websites. To locate this information, please click the Academic Programs link above. Once there, select Undergraduate, Graduate, Law or Colleges & Departments, to view and select from the program listing.
- Undergraduate Catalog
- Graduate Catalog
- Transfer of Credit Policy and Articulation Agreements
- Facilities and Services to Students with Disabilities
- Requirements and Procedures for Withdrawal – under Educational Cost see Refund Policy and Return to Title IV Aid
- External Agency Complaint Process
- College Navigator
- The Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics collects information and statistics from U.S. institutions of higher education. College Navigator is a tool to access and compare information about institutions including general information, expenses, financial aid, net price, enrollment, admissions, retention and graduation rates, programs, varsity athletic Teams, accreditation, campus security and cohort default rates.
- College Navigator Highlights
- Student diversity
- Retention rate as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
- Graduation rate of students who enter NIU as first-time, fulltime undergraduate students and complete their program within 150% of the normal time. Graduation rate is disaggregated by gender and major racial and ethnic subgroup
- Graduation rate by financial aid recipient category (pdf)
- Pass rates for undergraduate and graduate/professional students by program and specific exam/test (pdf)
- Alumni Placement Data
We collect information regarding: a) where our graduates are employed, and b) whether they are pursuing further education in a graduate or professional certification program. Please see the links below to review the results of the most recent survey (Spring 2013) of students who graduated from NIU with a baccalaureate or graduate degree in 2012. Data is reported as overall, by college, and by undergraduate/graduate career.
- Students in certain programs experience costs from entities that are not part of NIU. Examples include the fee paid for a criminal background check required for students seeking teacher certification, the fee charged for taking a state administered test or the fees for immunizations required for students in the nursing program. Many programs have no or minimal miscellaneous or outside costs. If a program has material outside costs, those costs are listed on the website for the program.
- Some Colleges have been approved to charge additional “material fees.” These fees are charged per course for special materials specific to the course. All associated costs are reflected on the student's financial account via MyNIU. Please click here for the list of those courses (as of Dec 12, 2013). For additional information on any material fee, please contact the department that is offering the course of study.
- Textbook Cost
- Look up textbook prices, compare prices from other vendors and get the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) by course section. Student registering for courses online through the student center are provided a link to the required textbook(s) with cost and ISBN. This can be reviewed prior to enrolling in course section.
- Cost of Attendance
- Net Price Calculator
- Refund Policy – Under General Information also see Withdrawal Policy
- Return of Title IV Aid for students who withdraw from the university
- Federal, State, Institutional and Private Financial Aid Programs including eligibility requirements, terms and conditions
- How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Student’s Financial Aid Rights and Responsibilities
- Information regarding financial aid disbursement
- Student Loan Information
- Loan Entrance Counseling
- Loan Exit Counseling
- NIU is required to report all Title IV HEA student loans to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). This information will be accessible to guaranty agencies, lenders, other higher education institutions at which you apply for financial aid and other authorized users of the data system.
- Private Loan Information
- Financial Aid and Study Abroad
- Criteria for Continued Eligibility for Financial Aid – Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Conviction for Possession or Sale of Illegal Drugs and Federal Financial Aid Eligibility
- Other important resources and Information for Grants, Loans and the Application Process
- Copyright Policy and Standards of Conduct
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
- NIU annually distributes to each student and employee standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on the intuition’s property or as part of any the insertion’s activities, applicable legal sanctions, health risks, available counseling, treatment, rehabilitation programs and the institution’s sanctions for violation of the related standards of conduct.
Any coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a federal student aid program and has an intercollegiate athletics program is required to publish an annual Equity in Athletics Report. This report contains participation rates, financial support, academic success rate, and other information on its men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs. This report is available from the Equity in Athletics page on the Office of Postsecondary Education Web site. The graduation rate of NIU’s athletes can be found on the NCAA website by selecting Northern Illinois University from the school drop down box.