Attending college is a great investment in your future, and many families need assistance to help offset the cost of education. The purpose of financial aid is to assist students to pursue their college education by helping them and their families meet educational expenses.
Never assume that you will not qualify for financial assistance. There are many types of financial aid available to help manage the cost of your education, such as grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is suspending the announcement of 2013-14 Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grants for all students whose initial 2013/14 FAFSA is received on or after Saturday, March 2, 2013. That means students wishing to be considered for a MAP Grant need to submit their FAFSAs by 11:59 PM Friday, March 1, 2013.
See our FAFSA FAQ for information about 2013/14 filing deadlines, the Illinois MAP Grant and how to enter estimated tax information on your 2013/14 FAFSA.
MAP Grant Update!
Alert for Illinois Residents
The Illinois MAP Grant submission deadline has been extended to Friday, March 25, 2011.
Your 2011–2012 FAFSA must be submitted by 10:59 pm on March 25 to be considered for an Illinois MAP Grant.
· We urge you to submit your FAFSA, if you have not already done so, at www.fafsa.gov. NIU’s School Code is 001737.
· The requested tax information may be estimated on the FAFSA and updated to actual amounts at a later date.
Reminder: Check the status of your financial aid application often at MyNIU and your NIU student e-mail account. The Student Financial Aid Office will continue to monitor announcements from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and will keep you apprised of updates accordingly.