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4,200 NIU students—more than $10 million in scholarships!

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We know NIU students—and their parents—are cost-conscious.

That’s why we want to make sure students know about the many scholarship opportunities at NIU.

Students can earn scholarships for academic merit and service, as well as scholarships specific to their areas of study.  

In fact, you might be surprised to learn just how many NIU students receive some type of award. During the 2016-17 academic year, more than 4,200 NIU students were offered more than $10 million in scholarships.

That’s worth repeating—more than $10 million in scholarships!

Here’s more good news: NIU expects to award millions of dollars in scholarship money during the coming school years, too. So you could be among the thousands of students who reap the benefits.

For incoming students, the first step is to apply for admission to NIU—and don’t wait until the last minute.

You’ll also need to be aware of application deadlines for various scholarships. For example, for summer or fall 2018 admission, the deadline for incoming-freshman merit scholarships is Dec. 1, with the exception of the Presidential Scholarship, which has a deadline of Nov 15. The deadline for transfer merit scholarships is Feb. 15.  

In addition to merit scholarships for new students, incoming and current NIU students can apply for competitive scholarships within various academic areas through the AcademicWorks system, which opens in November. One application puts you into consideration for multiple scholarships.

Of course, submitting an application doesn’t mean you’ll receive a scholarship. But you’ll never know unless you apply.

“Most of the scholarships are competitive and based on academic merit,” says Anne Hardy, director of NIU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. “So scholarship recipients are typically excellent students, but you don’t necessarily have to earn straight A’s. Other factors can be taken into account, such as SAT/ACT scores, community service and leadership roles.”

Start your search today by visiting the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, where experts will help you navigate the many scholarship resources available to NIU students.




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