Applying for Financial Aid

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Concurrent Enrollment

Students may be eligible to receive financial aid at NIU while concurrently enrolled at another institution. The following documents are required to have your financial aid cover your hours at another school:
  • Paid receipt or verification of payment plan arrangement at the other school itemizing classes and tuition paid.
  • The Transferability Form from the NIU Office of Registration and Records confirming that the classes from the other school will transfer toward your degree at NIU.

Enrollment requirements differ depending on type of financial aid:

  • Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) require at least 12 credit hours combined enrollment per semester.
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) and National SMART Grant require at least 12 credit hours combined enrollment per semester.
  • Federal Pell Grant and Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) are based on hours of total combined enrollment.
  • Federal Direct Loans for Undergraduate students (Subsidized, Unsubsidized and PLUS) require at least 6 credit hours of enrollment per semester.

Concurrent Enrollment Information Sheet (PDF)