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Military Student Services aims to centralize campus and community resources, enhance military students' transitions to and from the University, and provide holistic support to all military students as they persist to graduate from Northern Illinois University.
Military Student Services (MSS) assists military students with the following services:
- Processing of military and veteran educational benefits,
- Social and educational programs
- Mental Health Advising, and
- Individual student advocacy.
The office will utilize its collaborative relationships to ensure counseling and access-ability resources; admissions processing; academic advising; and orientation programs.
For the services listed above, please contact us at 815-753-0691.
Important Benefits Information:
Military Student Services must receive enrollment certifications, unofficial transcripts reports (MYNIU) each semester indicating which benefits you want us to apply. Click here for forms.
New payment rates for all benefits effective August 1, 2014 have been established. Click here to see new rates.
Enrollment forms must be turned in a week before the start of a semester to avoid late fees being added to your NIU account.
The first day that the 2015-2016 FAFSA application is available is January 1, 2015. Whenever possible students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible to ensure sufficient time to complete the review of their financial aid eligibility.
Undergraduate students, particularly those who do not know if they will be eligible for the Illinois Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) Grant or those who have received MAP in previous years, are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible to determine their eligibility for MAP in the 2015-2016 academic year.
The FAFSA can be completed online at: fafsa.ed.gov
Bridges to Employment
Military Student Services will once again be putting on Bridges to Employment - a Veterans as Strategic Assets Initiative - featuring an opportunity to hear from a panel of veterans who have transitioned from the military into college and back to the workforce. The event will also include networking session with area employers. Bridges to Employment is put on in conjunction with Student Veterans of America-Illinois Chapters. This year's event will be on Wednesday, March 18, in Altgeld Hall from 3-6 p.m. We encourage all our students to take part in this important event. Registration for students and potential business networking partners is open now!