Resources and Services

Learn more about campus and off-campus resources and services to support you during your time at at Northern Illinois University.

Academic Success


Counseling Resources (On-campus)

Counseling Resources (Off-campus)



VA Work Study Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently using federal military benefits
  • Must be in good academic standing with NIU
  • Must have a minimum of 12 months remaining in federal benefits
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week

If you would like to apply or have additional questions, please stop by Military and Veteran Services in room 160 of the Campus Life Building.

Health and Wellness

VA Health Care for Eligible Combat Veterans

  • Provides health care to combat veterans of OIF/OEF for five years following the date of separation or date of discharge from Active Duty or, for reservists and National Guard, from date of discharge for the veteran's most recent period of Active Federal Service.
  • Provides cost-free health care and medications in most situations.

Local VA Facilities for Veterans

Food Pantry


Legal Services

  • Students’ Legal Assistance
    • Provides answers to questions and provides assistance to individual students who are called into active service.
    • Provides answers to questions and provides assistance to students who are roommates of those called into active military service and living in off-campus housing.


For those who are tired of dragging everything around all day and don't want to make multiple trips to the car to get books and food, lockers are available. Locker rentals are just $15 a semester, $25 for two semesters and $35 for the entire year, including summer school. Each locker has a dimension of 18H x 12W x 16.5L. Lockers are located on the far wall behind the computer lab in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center. For more information, please contact us at 815-753-9999 or email


In January 2020, Military and Veteran Services opened an exciting new space in Campus Life Building 160 to meet the needs of our students. Our space is a home for military students and their families. This space is a great place to meet other student veterans, hang out, eat a meal, study and watch television.

The lounge has seating areas that include a comfortable couch and lounge chairs; table and chairs where you can dine or study. We offer refrigerator access to store food in-between classes. We also have a standing desk available for those who wish to use one. Free coffee, tea or hot cocoa are available. Napkins, silverware and cups are provided for your convenience. Computer and free printing access are available in the commuter lounge next door.

Lounge hours during the academic year:

8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Lounge hours during breaks:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Military Student Advocacy

Military and Veteran Services is available to make referrals to campus resources, the DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission and other veterans' services offices throughout Illinois. We also assist military students in processing forms, understanding procedural requirements, and certifying enrollment for federal and state benefits.

In addition, military students can seek assistance from NIU's Office of the Ombudsperson and the DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission.

NIU Veterans Association

The NIU Veterans Association supports the advancement of student veterans, their rights and their benefits through an environment of camaraderie, social activity and service to the community.

Contact Us

Military and Veteran Services
Peters Campus Life Building 160
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-753-0943 (fax)

Schedule a virtual appointment

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