Next Steps for Off-Campus or Online Transfer Students

Congratulations on being admitted to NIU as an off-campus or online transfer student!

Ready to make it official?

By completing the steps below, you’ll be ready for a strong start at NIU.

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    Step 1: Confirm your intent to enroll

    Declare yourself an official Huskie. Log in to MyNIU using your NIU account ID (Z-ID). Choose the Admissions tile and select “Confirm Intent to Enroll.” 

    We sent information about your Z-ID to the personal email address you used when you applied to NIU. See information on activating your NIU account ID and accessing MyNIU.

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    Step 2: Get in the habit of checking your NIU email account regularly.

    Your NIU student email address is your Z-ID followed by Your Z-ID was sent to the personal email account you used when you applied to NIU. Learn more about accessing your NIU email.


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    Step 3: Review how your credits transfer.

    An evaluation of your transfer credits will be available one to two weeks after you’ve been admitted. We’ll email you at both your personal and NIU email addresses when it’s ready. You may view the transfer credit report in MyNIU by going to your Student Center. Please contact the Office of Admissions at if you have questions about your transfer evaluation.

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    Step 4: Apply for financial aid and/or send NIU your FAFSA.

    Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The form opens Oct. 1 each year. If you’ve already completed the FAFSA, make sure you added NIU to the list of colleges on your FAFSA form. If you did not include NIU when you submitted your FAFSA, please log in to the FAFSA form to make corrections and add NIU (School Code 001737).

    If you’re an Illinois resident but are ineligible for federal aid as an undocumented student, you can still apply for state assistance. Find out whether you should complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid instead of the FAFSA.

    Any student who completes a FAFSA may be selected for verification by the FAFSA processor for the U.S. Department of Education. Please be sure to check your NIU email and your MyNIU to-do list for additional requirements.

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    Step 5: Contact Your Academic Advisor to Register for Classes.

    Find the advisor for your program and reach out to them to schedule a time to register for classes.

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    Step 6: Submit your official transcripts from all colleges attended.

    You must provide your official transcript(s) from each institution you attended, the transcript(s) must be printed within one year of your date of application to NIU, and they must be inclusive of all your completed work at each institution. Check your to-do list in MyNIU for any missing items needed to complete your admission file.


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