Student Funding Opportunities

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On-Campus and Off-Campus Employment

A job position posted by a member of departmental faculty or staff, and is paid by that department. These positions are available to students regardless of their financial aid status, but require these following common employment information documents.

NIU Housing and Residential Services provides student employment in one of the many residence halls throughout campus, and aims to build student relationships and keep residence halls clean and managed efficiently.

Dining student team members serve customers of the NIU dining halls and food service locations across campus. Students will be involved in food preparation, dish washing and cleaning. Students must be in good standing with Student Conduct.

Work study is a federal program that allows students to be hired either on or off-campus through employers that are eligible. Students can then earn an amount notified by an award on MyNIU Student Center. Eligibility is determined by financial information given by prospective students on their FAFSA.

Huskies Get Hired is an online platform that allows students to connect with prospective employers for either part-time jobs, career opportunities and internships. The platform also allows students to upload their resumes online, view information about the employment market, and access career advice from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Funded Research Opportunities

The Student Engagement Fund is a program that provides funds for students to get involved in a variety of research opportunities. There are four different funding opportunities: mentored student research projects, mentored community-based research projects, NIU faculty-led study abroad and field schools, and travel expenses for faculty-led or group trips.

The READ Grant provides funding to students and faculty that want to pursue research projects related to social justice and diversity. There are also opportunities for social involvement and entrepreneurship projects with a focus on social issues.

Research Rookies allows first year, second year, or first semester transfer students to conduct small-scale research projects alongside faculty members. Students from any major or minor may apply, but will be required to fulfill the following: commit to 5-10 hours per week, committed to participate for two consecutive semesters, 2.75 GPA.

Federal Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is awarded to students with extreme need for financial assistance. Eligibility is determined by students’ FAFSA information and the award amount ranges from $606 and $5,920 depending on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for that FAFSA. Unlike federal loans, the Pell Grant does not need to be repaid. The grant is also based upon full-time enrollment and will be reduced for part-time enrollment.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity (FSEOG) Grant is available to students that are enrolled for at least 9 credit-hours and have not yet completed a bachelor's degree. The award amount varies and is determined by financial need as shown by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on a student’s FAFSA. Priority is given to those students that have low EFCs and have also been awarded the Federal Pell Grant.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides $4,000 a year to junior and senior undergraduate students that agree to serve for at least four years in a high needs teaching program in eligible private or public elementary schools. Students must have a 3.25+ GPA, maintaining that GPA throughout the program. Students must also complete TEACH Grant counselling, sign a TEACH Grant agreement, and enroll in a teacher education certificate program in one of the following areas: Bilingual Education, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science or Special Education.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is awarded to students that had a parent die due to military service in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The maximum amount to be awarded is $5,920, but the award cannot exceed the cost of attendance for that year.

State of Illinois Grants

The Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant is a need-based financial assistance grant that is available to undergraduate students who have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree. In order to qualify, students and their parents must be Illinois residents. Students can be awarded between $300 and $4,720 and must be enrolled in at least 15 credit-hours to maintain the grant.

The Grant Program for Dependents of Police or Fire Officers is available to students that are the spouse or child of a police/fire officer that has either been killed or 90% disabled during active duty. Recipients of this grant will receive full payment of tuition and mandatory fees associated with enrollment. To maintain eligibility for this grant, students must be enrolled at least half-time.

The Grant Program for Dependents of Correctional Officers Grant is available to students that are the spouse or child of an Illinois Department of Corrections officer that has either been killed or 90% disabled during active duty. Recipients of this grant will receive full payment of tuition and mandatory fees associated with enrollment. To maintain eligibility for this grant, students must be enrolled at least half-time.

Students may apply for the Minority Teachers of Illinois $5,000 scholarship award if they are a minority student (African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or of Native American origin) and are enrolled to earn a degree in preschool, elementary or secondary school education. In order to be eligible, students must be enrolled at least half-time, and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program awards tuition waivers to academically talented students that are pursuing a degree in special education. The program will exempt eligible students from paying tuition and mandatory fees for up to four years, but students must sign a Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note that states they will pursue a career in special education in Illinois. If they are found to not be pursuing this path, the waiver will become a loan that needs to be paid back.

The Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program awards scholarships to first and second-year college students that show academic talent and are pursuing careers teaching in high-need schools across Illinois. Award recipients can receive up to $23,000 in tuition and fee assistance and will be placed in a paid summer internship. To be eligible students must have ACT scores of 22 or higher (with a 6 minimum for writing), have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) prior to January 2019, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The MIA/POW Scholarship is awarded to students that are the dependent of a person who was a resident of Illinois at the time they entered active military duty, and have been declared to be a prisoner of war, missing in action, dead as a result of service-inflicted disability, or disabled with 100% disability as a result of military service (which must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or U.S. Department of Defense).

NIU Grants

The Huskie Advantage Grant is an NIU-funded program that can be awarded to first-year freshman students that are enrolled full-time. The award amount is determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and academic credentials.

The Huskie Advantage Grant 2 is an NIU-funded program that can be awarded to transfer and current NIU undergraduate students that have attended less than two years in college and are enrolled full-time. The award amount is determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and academic credentials.

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