A consortium agreement is a written agreement between two eligible schools for the purpose of providing financial assistance to the student. If you are currently pursuing your degree at NIU (NIU is your home school) but wish to attend another institution for a semester or year, then you must initiate a consortium agreement. Classes must be taken for credit towards your NIU degree. Financial aid will not cover audit hours or remedial coursework.
An NIU student's enrollment in a program of study abroad offered, administered and hosted by another institution that is approved for credit by NIU through the consortium agreement process and procedures may be considered enrollment at NIU for the purpose of applying for federal financial aid.
If NIU is not your home school, you must initiate a consortium agreement with your home school.