There are four types of federal grants available to eligible students who complete the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need.
The Pell Grant is a federally funded grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, you may receive a Pell Grant for the equivalent of six years. If you are near or over the limit, we encourage you to meet with an academic advisor and set up a course plan for graduation. It is important to take the lifetime limit of the Pell Grant into consideration when changing majors and/or scheduling classes. Plan your degree progress carefully to graduate in a timely manner.
If you are affected by this rule, you will receive an email from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and your awards will be updated on your MyNIU account.
You can check your Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website using your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). You can find the LEU on the Financial Aid Review page.
Visit the Department of Education website or call 1-800-4-FED-AID to understand how the “equivalent of six years” is calculated.
The FSEOG is a federally funded grant awarded by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.
The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students who agree to serve for at least four years as full-time “highly qualified” teachers in high-need fields in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families.
The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office recommends you consider this possible source of funds only if you are committed to teaching a high-need subject in a designated low-income school upon graduation should. This teaching obligation must be completed in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school that is eligible for Title I assistance.
If you do not meet the four-year teaching obligation within eight years of graduation, the grant will convert to an unsubsidized loan, which will have to be repaid with interest calculated back to the date the funds were disbursed.
Eligible students will be notified through their NIU Z-ID e-mail address.
You may be eligible for an Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant if your parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan. The maximum award amount is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year, but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that year. For the 2018-2019 award year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), the maximum award amount is $6,095. For the 2019-2020 award year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020), the maximum award amount is $6,195. For additional eligibility guidelines and award information, visit the Federal Student Aid website.