NIU Services

Northern Illinois University has a wide variety of administrative offices that can guide you through your journey to success. Financial wellness is an important component of your overall well-being. Our friendly and trained staff in the offices listed here can help you navigate the complicated financial components of student life.  

The Office of the Bursar is committed to helping you understand your financial account through their experienced staff, online tools and resources. Meet with a tuition counselor to review your account and payment options. The OneCard ID Services Office issues official NIU identification cards for you and manages the Huskies Bucks program.

The Planning and Cost Estimator is an excellent tool to help you prepare for the costs associated with attending NIU.

Use our helpful how-to guides to learn about navigating the MyNIU Financial Account tile. We cover everything from understanding your account statement to making a payment, to receiving a refund.

The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is your main resource for FAFSA questions. They can help you interpret the FASFA and your financial aid offer letter. The office also awards NIU merit scholarships and processes state and private scholarships. Our friendly financial aid counselors can meet with you and your family member(s) to answer your questions about financial aid. We have specialists in many areas such as guiding foster youth through the financial aid process and referrals to emergency aid programs in times of hardship. 

For help with the FAFSA, visit the Federal Student Aid help site for answers to common questions.

Be sure to check out our scholarship resources to identify opportunities to supplement your financial aid.

Questions about student loans? The Federal Student Aid program provides this helpful document.

The Student Employment Office is part of Human Resources and is responsible for processing hiring paperwork. You can apply for campus work-study and non-work study job opportunities through the online portal.

Military and Veteran Services serves all veteran, active duty, people of the National Guard and their families. They are responsible for processing state and federal veteran’s benefits. Eligible veterans will need to submit an enrollment certification to this office each semester. If you intend to use military educational benefits, you will need to certify your enrollment each semester.

Health Services is committed to providing a high quality and comprehensive health care program for all NIU students. The Student Health Center offers a variety of services such as check-ups, lab work, sick-visits and minor procedures.

If you are enrolled in nine or more on-campus (DeKalb) credit hours you are automatically billed for the NIU Student Health Insurance Plan. If you have other health insurance that meets the requirements, you can waive the NIU Student Health Insurance during the waiver period. Whether you have the student health insurance plan or your own insurance, you can take advantage of the convenience of the Health Services.

Check out these resources about how healthcare is paid and how health insurance works:

Career Services will help you connect your major to a career that interests you. Their staff will help you create your resume and cover letter and connect you with potential employers through internship opportunities or job openings. Meet with a career counselor or attend one or more of the free job fairs to get started!

Huskies Get Hired (HGH) connects students who are seeking internships and jobs with employers who have open positions. All students are assigned Huskies Get Hired accounts, free of charge.

The Huskie Food Pantry is open every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and provides free food for currently enrolled NIU students who do not have a campus meal plan.

The Childcare Development and Family Center (CDFC) provides high-quality care to the children of NIU students, NIU faculty and community members. The NIU Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program (CCAMPUS) grant and the NIU Preschool for All Expansion Program (PFAE) are two financial resources to help you afford on-campus childcare.

There are a variety of options available to assist you with obtaining the books and course materials needed.

The book charge program is available at the beginning of each semester.

Book rentals are also available.

You can also search for courses with zero or low cost course materials

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