Financial Engagement Scholarship

Our financial engagement scholarship is designed to encourage you to use our services and plan for your financial future. In order to be considered for one of five $500 scholarships, you must meet with a financial advisor and complete a financial engagement task. Recipients are selected with monthly drawings.

Please note the following:

  • Open to all students regardless of status or classification.
  • Scholarships are only available for the spring 2023 semester. They’re considered a financial resource toward the total amount of aid you’re able to receive and will be applied to eligible charges.
  • You may not be eligible to receive additional aid or may have an adjustment of aid, such as a reduction of loans.
  • You may not receive multiple financial engagement scholarships in the same semester.
  • The scholarship may not be applied toward a past due balance.

How to Be Considered

Follow these steps to be considered for a scholarship:

  1. Meet with a financial advisor during the fall 2022 semester to discuss your financial goals and determine a financial engagement opportunity for you to complete.
  2. Complete the engagement opportunity within the given timeline.
  3. Meet with your financial advisor for a second time to discuss your experience.
  4. Enroll full-time for the spring 2023 semester.

You’ll then be entered into a drawing. We’ll select one recipient per month during the fall 2022 semester (two in December).

Possible Goals and Engagement Opportunities

Examples of financial goals include:

  • Planning for current or future college expenses
  • Identifying sources of financial assistance
  • Learning about financial topics such as budgeting, credit, real-world finance and more

Examples of financial engagement opportunities, which are tailored to your specific needs, include:

  • Complete a scholarship application
  • Complete an application for employment on Huskies Get Hired
  • Attend a presentation
  • Participate in a multi-year financial planning session
  • Complete an SAP appeal
  • Complete an online learning module
  • Create a budget for off-campus living
  • Set up and maintain a payment plan


Being an international student, I was under the assumption that I do not qualify for any scholarships offered at NIU. However, I set up an interview with Jon as soon as I paid the first installment of my tuition just to get some advice on how best to manage my expenses along with the cost of attending NIU. Not only did Jon help me build a budget to structure my living expenses, but he also enlightened me to the various scholarships NIU offers that I am eligible for.

Mazin M.

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