Fall 2021 Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

When you apply for admission as an incoming freshman, you'll automatically be considered for one of the following merit scholarships:

GPA Range Dollar Amount per Year Total Dollar Amount
4.0 $7,000 $28,000
3.90-3.99 $6,000 $24,000
3.70-3.89 $5,000 $20,000
3.50-3.69 $3,000 $12,000
3.25-3.49 $2,000 $8,000
3.00-3.24 $1,000 $4,000

NIU offers an opportunity for students with a 3.8/4.0 high school GPA to compete for the Presidential Scholarship. Learn more about the Presidential Scholars Program.

If you attended a high school that does not report GPA, or if you earned a GED, you can still be considered for a merit scholarship. Email scholarships@niu.edu for more information.

Learn more about deadlines that affect merit scholarships.

Scholarship Renewal

Huskie Legacy Award

When you apply for admission as an incoming freshman, you'll automatically be considered for the Huskie Legacy Award in addition to merit scholarships. This award is given to students whose parent or parents graduated from NIU. There is no deadline for this award. Qualifying students receive the $1,000 award in their first year at NIU.

NIU Partnership Awards

NIU Partnership Awards are given as part of NIU's matching commitment to the state of Illinois' AIM HIGH program for fall 2021 incoming students. Students who file a FAFSA by February 1, and meet the AIM HIGH criteria and the special population criteria will be considered for an award.

  • DeKalb County Scholarship ($3,000): A one-time, stackable award for DeKalb County high school graduates.
  • Chicago Public Schools Scholarship ($3,000): A one-time, stackable award for CPS graduates.

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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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