Only the first offer notice/letter you receive is mailed in a paper format. All subsequent offer letters, including revisions, are electronic. An email is sent to your NIU email account with offer letter information and disclosures. The types of aid and amounts can be viewed in MyNIU. The email content and MyNIU information together constitute your offer letter.
All financial aid offer letters will be revised to reflect final/official registration for a term at the end of the second week of each semester. NIU allows some registration changes during the first two weeks of a semester, commonly referred to as the add/drop period. Visit the Academic Calendar for a list of official dates and deadlines.
Official aid offers based on less than full-time fall registration will also reflect spring financial aid for the same enrollment level until spring official offers are revised. For example, if your final fall registration status is half-time, both fall and spring aid will change to half-time. Your aid will be adjusted to reflect actual spring enrollment after the spring add/drop period or upon request.
Official aid offers may be adjusted based on events such as receipt of a new grant or scholarship, change in loan amount accepted, change in financial aid eligibility, withdrawal from all courses and registering in a course with a start date after the first two weeks of the semester.
The MAP grant pays per credit hour from 3 hours to 15 hours. Early aid offers inform you of your maximum semester eligibility. You must be enrolled in 15 hours to receive the full amount. You can determine your per-hour amount by dividing the semester MAP offer by 15.
The Pell Recalculation Date (sometimes referred to as the census date) is a date in the semester when the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is required to evaluate a student’s Federal Pell Grant eligibility based on their current enrollment status. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office has a single PRD, which is the last date of the university add/drop period (the end of week two of the payment period), after which no Federal Pell Grant recalculations occur due to enrollment status adjustments made by the student.
Any enrollment changes recorded after the PRD for these students will not translate into any changes to their already awarded Federal Pell Grant. Students can still see changes to other types of aid in their awards (MAP, Merit, Direct Loans, etc.).
Pell eligibility may still be recalculated by the institution if required due to an EFC change, or non-attendance.
Federal Pell Grant recipients who are packaged after the PRD would be awarded based on actual enrollment hours at the time of packaging. Some things to consider:
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