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 and college offices.

Graduate Students

For any questions regarding graduate assistantship waivers, you should contact Human Resource Services.


For any questions regarding waiver programs for University employees and dependents, you should contact Human Resource Services.


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 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

Contact Us

Office of the Bursar
Swen Parson Hall Room 235

Phone: 815-753-1885
Email: Bursar Email Form

Schedule an Appointment

Business Hours

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