Huskie Pledge: Starting Fall of 2020

Are you an Illinois high school senior graduating in May? Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above?

You could pay no tuition costs or general fees your first year at NIU — and potentially beyond.

That’s our Huskie Pledge to you. See if you qualify for this exciting new grant program:

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Be an Illinois resident.
  • Be a graduate of an Illinois high school during the 2019-20 school year.
  • Have a cumulative 3.0 high school GPA or higher.
  • Be a full-time (12 hours per semester) incoming freshman at NIU in the fall of 2020.
  • Apply for admission to NIU and file a FAFSA or the alternative Illinois RISE Act Application by the priority deadline of Feb. 1, 2020.
  • Have a parent who is an Illinois resident listed on your FAFSA or Illinois RISE Act Application.
  • Have a family adjusted gross income at or below $75,000. This information will be collected on the 2020-21 FAFSA or Illinois RISE Act Application, using the 2018 tax year.
  • Have family assets of $75,000 or less, as defined by the FAFSA. (Home equity and the value of retirement accounts are not considered.)
  • Meet all criteria as outlined by the State of Illinois AIM HIGH program.

How does the Huskie Pledge cover costs?

Determined after factoring in a qualifying student’s initial institutional, federal and state aid (including Pell Grants and Monetary Award Program grants), a Huskie Pledge Grant will meet the amount of any remaining 2020-2021 expenses for tuition and general fees.

If income, enrollment and university GPA criteria continue to be met, the same Huskie Pledge Grant amount received during the initial year of NIU enrollment will be renewable for up to four additional years, regardless of increases or decreases in other aid during subsequent years.

The program, supported by the state of Illinois, is open to freshmen starting at NIU in the fall of 2020. Funding is limited, and students should apply for admission to NIU and file a FAFSA or Illinois RISE Act application by the priority deadline of Feb. 1.

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