Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

When calling the Bursar’s Office regarding my child’s account, the receptionist would only provide me with general Bursar information. Why?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended is a federal law intended to protect the privacy of student educational records accumulated from early childhood through college.  FERPA provided parents with certain rights with respect to their children’s educational records.  However, once a student reaches the age of 18 or enters college, the rights previously held by the parents transfer exclusively to the student.

Students have the option to delegate information through “Shared Access.”  Shared Access allows a student to grant, up to 2 individuals, access to view their student information.  The student can grant access to information such as: Academics, Admissions, Financials, Financial Aid, and To Do List.  To set up and authorize the release of information, please review the following DoIT KB article.  The Office of the Bursar representative would be able to discuss specific account details with the individuals the student has authorized the release of financial information.

Furthermore, FERPA restriction guidelines will not allow the Office of the Bursar to disclose the existence of the account if the account has been flagged as “non-disclosure.”  You may change your non-disclosure status with Registration and Records, or go online via  MyNIU.  If you do not change your non-disclosure agreement, you will need to come to the Office of the Bursar with a photo ID.

To Change/Update FERPA Restrictions: Navigate to MyNIU Student Center. Scroll to Personal Information, Demographic Data and click on the security tab. See the following DoIT KB article for more information.

There is a hold on my student account. What is this for?

Departments that assign holds to student accounts generally send a separate notification indicating why the hold was assigned. These holds may prevent you from registering for classes and/or obtaining transcripts.

A Bursar hold is a financial hold placed on a student account that may prevent registering for classes, being readmitted to the university, and/or obtaining a transcript or diploma.

Please read about holds on our Past Due Account Information page.

Tuition and Fees

Who qualifies for the domestic tuition rate?

This rate is available to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents as well as to undocumented students attending a U.S. high school. This change will apply to students enrolled as NIU undergraduates, graduates or law students.

Will undergraduate tuition rates for domestic students from outside Illinois be guaranteed for four years, like rates for in-state students?

Yes, we will extend the tuition guarantee to all first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate U.S. citizens and permanent residents students attending a U.S. high school. The guarantee is for four continuous years of undergraduate studies. In fact, NIU currently extends the rates for a ninth fall or spring term if needed.

Continuing first-time degree-seeking out-of-state students will have their tuition guarantee take effect Fall 2018. Their domestic tuition rate will be the rate of an incoming freshman for Fall 2018.

The guaranteed rate does not apply to graduate or law students. The graduate and law tuition rates will continue to be set each year by the NIU Board of Trustees.

What expenses does my graduate tuition cover?

The major portion of revenue from graduate tuition is used cover the costs of instruction. The remaining portion is used to meet the ever-emerging demands for cutting edge academic programs and services for NIU students. Critical areas for funding include: library journals and books, support for courses in high demand; technology upgrades, academic strategic planning initiatives designed to strengthen, direct and further improve academic programs, research and the academic experience of students. Other items receiving support are the graduate colloquium; maintenance for classroom buildings and other campus facilities such as Holmes Student Center, the Recreation Center and Convocation Center; campus infrastructure improvements in order to provide students with a quality learning environment; the university’s intercollegiate athletic programs for both men and women; University Health Service which provides comprehensive ambulatory health care for students while the university is in session; and the Huskie Bus service.

Why is my graduate tuition so much higher than previously? Will I also be charged fees?

Prior to fall 2015, tuition and fees have been broken out separately. This caused some confusion about the total cost of a class. We know that from time to time, students have been surprised to receive charges for additional fees associated with enrolling in a course. Now, we have consolidated all charges for a class into a single ”tuition” charge to simplify your bill and make it clearer, up front, exactly what it costs to take a given course. The only additional fees you may be assessed are material fees that are relevant for a specific class. This is our way of avoiding any surprises for you.

I am a graduate student and my tuition rate is higher than my friend’s who is also a grad student at NIU. Why?

It is likely you are pursuing a degree in an area where the cost of delivering instruction is higher than average and you are being charged a differential tuition rate. Differential tuition rates are assessed to certain programs where the cost of delivery is higher than that of average university programs, e.g., enhanced curriculum through subject-specific hardware, cutting-edge technologies and computer upgrades, as well as faculty support including training, software and other course materials other than textbooks. Differential tuition may also be charged for programs to cover curriculum enhancements that provide a higher value for the graduate of that program in terms of future career opportunities and earning potential. It may also arise where demand for a program is particularly high.

What are the tuition and fee rates per course?

Tuition and fees are charged per credit hour according to your student classification and residency status. Illinois undergraduates are charged also according to the term of initial enrollment as required by the the truth-in-tuition law. View the current rates on our  Tuition & Fees page or the NIU Planning & Cost Estimator.

Are there any required undergraduate student fees?

Mandatory general student fees are charged based on the number of enrolled hours per term. See the Fees & Common Charges page for more information and an explanation of the individual fees.

Why was I charged student medical insurance? Can I cancel out of it?

Students initially enrolled for nine on-campus credit hours are charged for student medical insurance. International students are required to be enrolled in student medical insurance. Check the Student Insurance Office website for all forms, as well as deadlines to apply for the cancelation of the insurance.

Who do I contact to remove/adjust parking tickets, library fines, late immunization fees, and/or any other miscellaneous charges on my statement?

The Office of the Bursar does not have the authority to make adjustments to your account for these types of charges. If you have questions, contact the office or department that initiated the charge. Call the NIU operators at 815-753-1000 to reach the appropriate department.

Why was I assessed a late payment fee?

Students who pay less than the total amount due by the respective due date will be assessed a monthly late payment fee of 1.08% on the remaining unpaid balance, with a minimum late fee charge of $0.50. View the payment policy for further information regarding late payment fees.

I am taking classes; why doesn’t my OneCard work at the Student Recreation Center or University Health Service in DeKalb?

It’s possible that you are enrolled in an online differential program/certificate study or a contracted regional/partner program (e.g., one-year MBA). On-campus fees are not assessed to students in any of these programs. The institutional charge for these programs are used to support infrastructure needed to deliver regional courses (e.g., operations of NIU regional centers, rental of non-NIU facilities, faculty travel and development of online courses).

Please contact Health Services for service access options.

If you want access to the Student Recreation Center, you can purchase a semester pass through Recreation and Wellness site. For summer classes, access to the center is dependent on when your classes start and end. For example, if you are taking a summer class that ends in June, your access to the recreation center would be turned off at the completion of that course, regardless of the number of credit hours that you are taking during that first half.

Truth-in-Tuition

What is Truth-in-Tuition?

Public Act 93-0228 is referred to as “Truth-in-Tuition”. In accordance with this law, Northern Illinois University provides eligible undergraduate students a fixed tuition rate for a time period of four continuous academic years beginning with the student’s initial term of enrollment.

Note: This tuition policy is applicable to tuition rates only and does not apply to any fees, surcharges, room and board, or other charges the student may incur as part of the student’s educational expenses at NIU.

Who is an eligible student?

According to the Public Act 93-0228, to be eligible, you must be an Illinois resident, an undergraduate student, and seeking a degree for the first time.

Effective fall 2018, NIU extends the Truth-in-Tuition policy to all first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate out-of-state U.S. citizens and permanent resident students that graduated from a U.S. high school.

Who is not eligible for Truth-in-Tuition?

You are not eligible if you are:

  • an international student
  • a graduate student
  • a law student
  • a postgraduate student (i.e., already have a bachelor’s degree)
  • a non-degree student
  • a visiting student
  • a non-graduated secondary school student

Students in these classifications will be charged tuition for each semester according to the current tuition rate schedule. See Tuition, Fees, and Surcharges page with the Office of the Bursar.

How does Truth-in-Tuition work?

If you are an eligible student and you enroll for the first time at NIU, the tuition rate you are charged in your first fall or spring semester will be the tuition rate for four continuous years, i.e., for eight consecutive Fall and Spring semesters. If you do not graduate within this four year (eight semester) time period you will receive an additional one academic semester grace period during which the tuition rate schedule charged shall not exceed the rate schedule you were charged at the time you first enrolled at the University as domestic in-state or domestic out-of-state (effective fall 2018) degree-seeking undergraduate student. This means, the fixed tuition rate is good for nine (9) continuous semesters including the grace period, if you have not completed your degree.

Example

A new student registers at NIU as an domestic, degree-seeking undergraduate in fall 2018 will be charged according to the tuition rates of the 2019 Academic Year (i.e., fall 2018/spring 2019 school year). The student will be charged this same tuition rate schedule (that is no increases in tuition rates) for the following semesters:

  • Year 1: fall 2018 & spring 2019
  • Year 2: fall 2019 & spring 2020
  • Year 3: fall 2020 & spring 2021
  • Year 4: fall 2021 & spring 2022
  • Grace Period: fall 2022

Please Note: Once the clock for the fixed tuition rate starts for a student, it does not stop or restart again. The policy is for 9 continuous semesters of time, not for 9 semesters of attendance. Thus, the 9th semester remains the 9th semester whether the student attends every semester or not. The purpose behind the law and the policy is to assist parents’/students’ planning for educational costs and for students to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

What if I don't graduate by the end of the 9th semester?

If you still have not completed your degree at the end of the 9th semester, beginning with your 10th semester, you will be subject to a tuition increase that is equivalent to the rate paid by students who entered the university one (1) academic year after the date of your original entry. You will then be eligible to receive this tuition rate for a maximum of three (3) consecutive semesters that is through the end of your 12th semester.

Example

An eligible student registers for the first time in fall 2018. This student will be charged the 2019 Academic Year (fall 2018/spring 2019) tuition rates for 9 consecutive semesters. If after these 9 semesters the student has not completed his/her degree, beginning with the student’s 10th semester the student will be charged the tuition rate equal to students that entered in the 2020 Academic Year (i.e., fall 2019/spring 2020). If the student has not graduated, he/she will be eligible to receive this tuition rate for a maximum of three (3) consecutive fall/spring semesters that is through the end of the student’s 12th semester.

    Charged the 2018 Tuition Rate:
  • Year 1: fall 2018 (semester 1) & spring 2019 (semester 2)
  • Year 2: fall 2019 (semester 3) & spring 2020 (semester 4)
  • Year 3: fall 2020 (semester 5) & spring 2021 (semester 6)
  • Year 4: fall 2021 (semester 7) & spring 2022 (semester 8)
  • Grace Period: fall 2022 (semester 9)
    Charged the 2019 Tuition Rate:
  • Year 5: spring 2019 (semester 10)
  • Year 6: fall 2019 (semester 11) & spring 2021 (semester 12)

Please Note: Once the clock for the fixed tuition rate starts for a student, it does not stop or restart again. The policy is for 9 continuous semesters of time plus 3 more continuous semesters of time for a total of 12 continuous semesters of time, not for 12 semesters of attendance. Thus, the 12th semester remains the 12th semester whether the student attends every semester or not.

When do I no longer qualify for Truth-in-Tuition?

If a student graduates anytime prior to the end of the 12 semesters, the student will no longer be eligible for the fixed tuition rate schedule, but will be charged according to his/her new student classification.

How does the Truth-in-Tuition policy affect students who may start in the summer term?

Summer sessions are not charged against the nine continuous semesters for eligible students. If a student begins enrollment as a new, domestic, degree seeking undergraduate student with the summer term, for the nine continuous semesters this student will receive the fixed tuition rates of the subsequent fall semester and the count of the student’s nine eligible semesters will begin with that fall Semester.

Example

A student is admitted and enrolls for the first time as a new domestic, undergraduate, degree student in summer 2018. This student’s fixed tuition rates and Truth-in-Tuition semester count will begin with fall 2018. The student will, therefore, receive the fixed tuition rates of the 2019 Academic Year (i.e., fall 2018/spring 2019 school year) for nine continuous fall/spring semesters. Fall 2022 will be the student’s grace period or 9th semester. After the student has completed his/her ninth semester (i.e., fall/spring semester), the tuition rates will increase as indicated above.

Please Note: If you are out-of-state domestic student starting summer 2018, your Truth-in-Tuition does not begin until fall 2018. For summer 2018 term, you will still be charged out-of-state tuition ( engineering majors and all other non-engineering majors).

Is there a limit to the amount of credit hours I can take?

There is no requirement regarding the number of credit hours the student is taking per semester to retain this fixed tuition rate schedule. However, it is strongly recommended that students consider how many credit hours they need for graduation and plan accordingly.

What if I am a transfer student?

Transfer students regardless of the number of credit hours they transfer will receive a fixed tuition rate schedule for the full number of consecutive semesters as indicated above, if needed. The count of these semesters would begin with the first Fall or Spring semester you enroll at NIU.

Example

A new transfer student registers at NIU as an domestic, degree-seeking undergraduate in spring 2019, the student will be charged according to the tuition rates of the 2019 Academic Year (i.e., fall 2018/spring 2019 school year). The student will be charged this same tuition rate schedule (with no increases in tuition rates) for the following semesters:

    Charged the 2018 Tuition Rate:
  • Year 1: spring 2019 (semester 1) & fall 2019 (semester 2)
  • Year 2:spring 2020 (semester 3) & fall 2020 (semester 4)
  • Year 3: spring 2021 (semester 5) & fall 2021 (semester 6)
  • Year 4: spring 2022 (semester 7) & fall 2022 (semester 8)
  • Grace Period: spring 2023 (semester 9)
    Charged the 2019 Tuition Rate:
  • Year 5: fall 2023 (semester 10)
  • Year 6: spring 2024(semester 11) & fall 2024 (semester 12)
How are special programs (i.e. dual admissions and partnership programs) handled?

Undergraduate students in programs such as dual admissions and partnership programs will become eligible for a fixed tuition rate the semester they are admitted and registered as domestic, degree-seeking students at NIU. This means (for purposes of this tuition rate policy) they are treated the same as any other transfer student.

How are breaks in attendance or university withdrawals handled?

As mentioned above, once the clock for the fixed tuition rate starts for a student, it does not stop or restart again. The policy is for 12 (9 plus 3) continuous semesters of time, not for 12 semesters of attendance. Thus, the 9th semester remains the 9th semester and the 12th semester remains the 12th semester, whether the student attends every semester or not. The purpose behind the law and the policy is for students to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

Example

A student registers as a new domestic, degree-seeking undergraduate in fall 2018 and is eligible for the fixed tuition rate schedule until (and including) fall 2022. At the end of spring 2019, the student is academically dismissed. The student does not return to NIU in fall 2019. In spring 2020, the student applies for and is granted reinstatement. Upon the student’s return in spring 2020, he/she will be charged according to the 2019 Academic Year tuition rate schedule (which was the student’s original entry year – fall 2018/spring 2019) and the final semester the student will be eligible for those rates remains fall 2022.

Payments

When are payments due?

Payment of all charges for a term is due one week prior to the start of the term to which the charges apply. Students can pay the full account balance at this time or an amount less than the full amount unless enrolled in the Huskie Installment Plan. Students who pay less than the total amount due by the respective due date will be assessed a monthly late payment fee of 1.08% on the remaining unpaid portion, with a minimum late fee charge of $0.50. View the actual payment due dates on the Payment Due Dates page.

Can I make installment payments?

The Huskie Installment Plan (HIP) is a payment option designed to provide budgetary assistance in meeting NIU students' semester educational expenses. Through HIP, instead of making a lump sump payment at the beginning of each term, you can spread your NIU semester expenses over four equal monthly payments. View the Huskie Installment Plan (HIP) page for details.

Will my classes be cancelled if my payment is late?

No. Your classes will not be cancelled for late payments. However, a  late payment fee of 1.08% may be assessed to the unpaid balance on your student account if not paid in full by the due date. Also, a Bursar financial hold may be placed on your student account that may prevent registering for classes and/or obtaining a transcript or diploma.

Where can my payments be made and what forms of payment are acceptable?

Please view the Make a Payment page for your payment options.

Which credit cards do you accept for payment?

Currently, the Office of the Bursar accepts American Express, Discover and MasterCard for credit card payments via  MyNIU . Please view the Make a Payment page for additional information on payments. Please note: A 2.4% convenience fee will be charged for credit/debit card payments. There is no convenience fee for the e-check option.

Can I drop off a payment after regular office hours when the Bursar’s Office is closed?

Yes. Drop boxes are available for payments made before or after regularly scheduled office hours. These drop boxes are located just to the left of the Hotel desk on the second floor of Holmes Student Center or on the wall to the left of the main entrance of the Bursar’s Office in Swen Parson Hall, Room 235. Please view the Make a Payment page for additional information on payments.

Can someone other than the student make an online payment?

Yes. Through the use of Shared Access, students can grant access to the Make a Payment feature on MyNIU.

I made an online payment to my student account and the Bursar hold is still on. How can it be removed?

If your account is paid and the hold needs to be removed immediately, please contact the  Office of the Bursar during regular business hours. Otherwise, it should come off through overnight processing.

Are both my credit card number and electronic check number encrypted on MyNIU when making an online payment?

No. This information is not stored on MyNIU. Your payment is processed through a secure payment gateway before the payment is received by NIU for security purposes. No person has access to this confidential information.

My employer has a reimbursement program for taking college classes. Does NIU offer a deferment plan for the costs paid by the employer?

No. A reimbursement program represents a contractual agreement between the student and his/her sponsor (employer).

I am concerned about not being able to make payments for the semester. What should I do?

You should set up an appointment to speak with an account counselor as soon as possible.

I received a "Returned Payment Fee" on my account. What is that for?

A payment was returned and marked as unpaid by your financial institution (bank). NIU charges $25.00 for each returned payment. Inquiries can be directed to the  Office of the Bursar.

The College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition (529 Plan) is paying for my tuition and fees. What do I need to do to notify NIU?

Please read about  College Illinois! on our Third-Party Contracts page.

Account Statements

I have financial aid (e.g., loans, grants, and scholarships) but I do not see it reflected on my Account Statement. What should I do?

Log in to your MyNIU account and navigate to the Student Center. Within the Finances section, click the Term Account Detail link, then select the term you want to view. On this page you will see your charges, payments, and any financial aid for the term. Any additional questions regarding your financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

Why is my current account balance in MyNIU different than the amount due on my monthly account statement?

The monthly account statement reflects charges, payments and aid as of the statement date. However, MyNIU reflects real-time activity that may also include activity after the statement date.

Where is my account statement mailed?

Account statements are mailed to your permanent address unless a billing address is on file.

I submitted an address for billing, but my statements are going to a different address. Why?

Important: if you completed an address change form with the United States Postal Service, this change may override your specified address that you have on file at NIU. The post office will only deliver your mail to the address you have on file with them. If you have questions, please contact the Bursar Office.

Can I have my account statements mailed to someone other than myself?

Yes. You have two options:

  1. If you prefer someone else to receive your account statement in the mail, an alternative billing address must be established. Please notify the Bursar’s Office either in person or from your student Z-ID e-mail account.

    Important: If you completed an address change form with the United States Postal Service, this change may override this new alternative billing address. The post office will only deliver your mail to the address you have on file with them. If you have questions, please contact the Bursar Office.
  2. Through the use of Shared Access, you can grant others access to view your account statements on MyNIU.
I have misplaced my account statement. How can I obtain another copy?

All account statements, beginning with fall 2011, are available online 24/7 via MyNIU. For instructions on accessing your online, self service account statements, view our  job aid (pdf).

Through the use of Shared Access, you can grant others access to account statements on MyNIU.

I am having difficulty viewing a statement online. What should I do?

Various web browsers have settings that actively block pop-up windows. Perform the following steps in your browser:

Apple Safari:
"Block Pop-Up Windows" needs to be unselected. Navigation: Edit > Block Pop-Up Windows (Ctrl + Shift + K)

Firefox:
Upon clicking the View Statement link, an Information Bar should display on the screen. Click the "Options" button. Select "Allow Pop-Ups".

Google Chrome:
Click Chrome menu on browser toolbar. Select Settings. Click "Show advanced settings" at bottom. In the "Privacy" section, click the Content settings button. In the Pop-ups section click the "Manage exceptions" button. Type sa.niu.edu to Allow. Click "Done".

Internet Explorer:
Upon clicking the View Statement link, an Information Bar should display on the screen. Click the bar. Select "Always Allow Pop-Ups from This Site".

If you continue to have difficulties pulling up the self service account statement, you should contact the DoIT Service Desk  opens in new window at 815-753-8100.

Refunds

When will initial refunds from Financial Aid be processed for the current semester?

If you are  entitled to receive a refund due to a credit balance on your account, financial aid refunds are processed during the 3rd week of the semester and then daily throughout the semester.

Do I need to request a refund of a credit balance?

No. Refunds are automatically processed as eligible credit balances occur. For a more secure and timely refund, direct deposit is encouraged. Otherwise a check will be processed and mailed to your residence hall or your local address. If no local address is on file, the check will be mailed to your permanent address. View the  Refunds page for more information.

Can I pick up my refund check?

No. Refund checks are not available for pickup at the Bursar Office. For a more secure and timely refund, direct deposit is encouraged. View the  Refunds page for more information.

How do I sign up for direct deposit?

You can sign up for direct deposit through the Direct Deposit link within the Financial Account Tile in MyNIU . Follow the  Setting up & Revoking Direct Deposit  how-to guide to learn how to sign up for direct deposit. 

I tried signing up for direct deposit through the Direct Deposit link within the Financial Account Tile in MyNIU. Upon entering my routing number, the system wouldn't let me proceed, what should I do?

Reach out to our office with your routing number and we will add it to our system. After it has been added to our system, you will be able to enter your routing number and account information through the Direct Deposit link.

How will the money be sent to the bank when using direct deposit?

The funds will be sent electronically through the banking system and will take 3-5 business days to be deposited in your account. You can verify receipt of the funds by contacting your bank.

What if I want to cancel direct deposit?

You can cancel direct deposit through the Direct Deposit link within the Financial Account Tile in MyNIU . Follow the  Setting up & Revoking Direct Deposit  how-to guide to learn how to revoke direct deposit. 

What happens if I close my bank account and do not notify the Office of the Bursar?

If NIU has already issued the refund, contact your bank. If the bank has returned the refund to the Office of the Bursar, a paper check will be issued to the local address you have on file. For future refunds, please update your direct deposit information in MyNIU.  Follow the  Setting up & Revoking Direct Deposit  how-to guide. 

As an NIU employee, I have direct deposit set up for my payroll. Will my Bursar refund be automatically deposited into that account?

No. You will need to fill out a separate request for direct deposit of the refund. You can sign up for direct deposit  through the Direct Deposit link within the Financial Account Tile in MyNIU . Follow the  Setting up & Revoking Direct Deposit  how-to guide to learn how to sign up for direct deposit. 

Withdrawals

I enrolled at NIU but I decided not to attend the university this semester. What should I do?

Undergraduates:
Contact the college of your major by completing the  Undergraduate Procedures for Withdrawing from the University  opens in new window . If you signed up for a room with housing, contact the Housing & Residential Services Office at 815-753-1525 to cancel your housing. There will be a cancellation fee added to your account from the Housing & Residential Services Office.

Graduates:
Please follow the instructions on the  Graduate Student Withdrawal Procedures  opens in new window page.

To receive full credit for your tuition and fees, withdraw before the term begins. Merely ceasing to attend classes does NOT cancel enrollment or qualify you for a reduction of course charges.

How will a course withdrawal/university withdrawal affect my student account?

You will still need to contact your college office to apply for any withdrawal. The portion of refundable charges paid will be dependent upon the date of withdrawal as determined by your college office. View the  Withdrawal Reduction Schedule and select the correct term.

Undergraduates:
Course Withdrawal Procedures  opens in new window
University Withdrawal Procedures  opens in new window

If you signed up for a room with housing, contact the Housing & Residential Services Office at (815) 753-1525 to cancel your housing. There will be a cancellation fee added to your account from the Housing & Residential Services Office.

Graduates:
Please follow the instructions on the  Graduate Student Withdrawal Procedures  opens in new window page.

To receive full credit for your tuition and fees, withdraw before the term begins. Merely ceasing to attend classes does NOT cancel enrollment or qualify you for a reduction of course charges.

How will a withdrawal affect my financial aid for the term?

If you have received any financial aid such as student loans, scholarships, grants or waivers, it is important to contact the  Financial Aid and Scholarship Office  opens in new window . If you received a refund from your financial aid, you may need to return the refund to the university. Check your MyNIU opens in new window to see if you owe money or contact the Office of the Bursar.

1098-T Tuition Statements

What is the purpose of IRS Form 1098-T?

The purpose of IRS Form 1098-T is to assist you in determining if you are eligible for one or more educational tax credits.

When are 1098-T tax forms sent out?

1098-T Forms are mailed by January 31 to your billing address. If you have only a permanent address on file, the form will be mailed there.

What happens if I never received my 1098-T tax form?

A copy of your 1098-T will be available on MyNIU opens in new window . Once logged in, navigate to MyNIU Student Center > Finances section > View 1098-T link within the dropdown menu. The online form will also provide you with detail making up the amounts reported on your 1098-T form. If you have a problem with logging in, please call the DoIT Service Desk  opens in new window at 815-753-8100.

Through the use of Shared Access, students can grant others access to their 1098-T forms on MyNIU.

How do I know if I qualify for an educational tax credit? How do I claim it if I qualify?

Only you and/or your tax consultant can determine if you are eligible for any educational tax benefits. NIU staff members are not tax professionals and due to the complexity of the tax code, cannot provide tax advice or determine your eligibility for educational tax benefits. We can provide you with information about your account, which you may need in order to determine your eligibility for tax benefits. However, any questions about your eligibility should be directed to the IRS or a tax professional.

There is no dollar ($) amount in Box 1. Why?

The IRS instructs institutions to report either payments received (Box 1) OR amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses (Box 2) on the 1098-T Form. NIU has elected to report qualified tuition and fees that were posted to your account during the tax year (Box 2). Therefore, Box 1 will be blank on the 1098-T Form.

Why does Box 2 include future spring charges?

The amount in Box 2 reflects all qualified tuition and related expenses that were posted to the tuition account in the calendar (tax) year. If the student registers for future spring classes in November and December, these charges will be on the 1098-T Form as indicated in Box 7.

What is included in Box 5?

This box reflects the total of scholarships and grants that were posted to the tuition account during the calendar (tax) year. This may also include adjustments to scholarships and grants posted late for a prior year.

What charges and/or fees are not included on the 1098-T tax form?

The student-to-student program fee (undergraduate only), housing, bookstore charges and any fines assessed to the student are not reported.

I am having difficulty viewing my 1098-T online. What should I do?

Various web browsers have settings that actively block Pop-Up windows. Perform the following steps in your browser:

Apple Safari:
"Block Pop-Up Windows" needs to be unselected. Navigation: Edit > Block Pop-Up Windows (Ctrl + Shift + K)

Firefox:
Upon clicking the View Statement link, an Information Bar should display on the screen. Click the "Options" button. Select "Allow Pop-Ups".

Google Chrome:
Click Chrome menu on browser toolbar. Select Settings. Click "Show advanced settings" at bottom. In the "Privacy" section, click the Content settings button. In the Pop-ups section click the "Manage exceptions" button. Type sa.niu.edu to Allow. Click "Done".

Internet Explorer:
Upon clicking the View Statement link, an Information Bar should display on the screen. Click the bar. Select "Always Allow Pop-Ups from This Site".

If you continue to have difficulties pulling up the 1098-T, you should contact the DoIT Service Desk  opens in new window at 815-753-8100.

I'm having trouble printing my 1098-T online. What can I do?

Please note that all eligible students receive a printed copy of their 1098T form in the mail. If you are having trouble printing your 1098-T within your Internet browser, please try the following:

Internet Explorer | Apple Safari:
Navigation: File > Print (Ctrl + P). Click the "OK" or "Print" button.

Mozilla Firefox:
Navigation: Edit > Select All (Ctrl + A). Then proceed to File > Print (Ctrl + P). In the Print range section, choose the "Selection" option. Click the "OK" button.

For additional information regarding tax credits, view the Internal Revenue Service opens in new window website. For questions relating specifically to information provided by NIU on your 1098-T tuition statement, you may contact the NIU Office of the Bursar.

Please note, however, this office CANNOT provide any tax advice.

Student Organizations

How do student organizations set up an Accounts Receivable account?

Read about setting up an AR account on the  Student Organization Billing page.

Does my student organization need an Accounts Receivable customer number to book events on campus?

If your group is SA recognized but not SA funded, YES, you do need an AR customer number. If your group is SA funded, NO, you do not need an AR customer number. Please view the Student Organization Billing page.

I forgot my student organization's customer number. Can you tell me what it is?

No. The Accounts Receivable Office cannot provide student organization information over the phone. One of the signers of the AR documents must come into our office and show a photo ID in order for any information to be released. Please view the Student Organization Billing page.

I was the president or treasurer of a student organization on campus. Why do I owe the debt from my student organization?

When you signed your organization up for an account with NIU, you accepted personal responsibility for the payment of charges for that organization.

Contact Us

Office of the Bursar
Swen Parson Hall Room 235

Phone: 815-753-1885
Email: bursar@niu.edu 

Business Hours