Your Award

After you have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supplied any requested documents, you’ll receive a notification from NIU indicating what financial aid you are eligible to receive, including federal, state and NIU grants, federal loans, work-study and NIU scholarships. 

The aid you receive will be based on your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and the Cost of Attendance (COA). Read more about EFC and COA in our introduction to financial aid.

If you’re an incoming freshman or a new transfer student, you’ll receive your award notification by the end of March. We generally send award notifications to continuing students in May.

Accepting or Declining Your Award

Be sure to check MyNIU regularly for updates from our office. You must accept or decline your awards in a timely manner or you run the risk of losing the funding or being charged incorrectly.


Maintaining Your Award

There are several things that can affect your disbursement of funds as well as your total Cost of Attendance (COA). Below are some scenarios that may affect your disbursement and COA and what you need to do.


Special Circumstances

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NIU School Code

Use NIU's School Code when completing the FAFSA.

001737

Contact Us

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Swen Parson Hall 245
815-753-1395
finaid@niu.edu

For scholarship-specific questions

scholarships@niu.edu

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