Waivers and Scholarships

In addition to federal and state grants and federal loans, there are numerous scholarship programs, state and university waiver programs and educational assistance programs from various businesses, organizations and agencies that provide financial assistance for eligible students.


Waivers are similar to scholarships and are awarded by the university and various state agencies. Information on waiver programs can be obtained from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office opens in new window  and college offices.


Graduate Students:

  • For students receiving waivers or tuition assistance, the instructional charge is the only portion eligible to be waived. All other costs, such as institutional charges and program differentials charges are the students responsibility to pay.
  • View a breakdown of the graduate 2018-2019 rates by program

For any questions regarding graduate assistantship waivers and waiver programs for University employees and dependents you should contact Human Resource Services opens in new window .



Scholarships are financial awards generally based on certain eligibility criteria such as grade point average, class rank, program of study or ethnicity, etc.. There are numerous scholarships offered by a variety of organizations, and scholarships, like grants, are money you do not have to pay back.

Northern Illinois University’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office opens in new window can provide you with information on scholarship programs available through NIU. 

Where to send scholarship checks:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Northern Illinois University
Swen Parson Hall 245
DeKalb, IL 60115