Update on NIU’s State Budget Appropriation

June 3, 2021


Dear Employees,


Earlier this week, both houses in the Illinois General Assembly approved the state’s FY22 budget and capital re-appropriations bill. As anticipated, NIU’s state appropriation will be held flat to the FY20 and FY21 levels ($87.8M), which accounts for approximately 20% of our revenue budget. All money for capital projects, such as the Health Informatics and Technology Center and the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, was also reappropriated.  We are very appreciative of legislature’s actions and support of NIU and higher education. The bill will now go to the governor for his review and signature.


The remaining 80% of our revenue budget, largely connected to enrollment from tuition, fees, auxiliaries and other funding sources, remains less certain for the months to come as we emerge from the pandemic. During this time of recovery, we will continue with our existing, short-term budget strategy to realign operating dollars to focus specifically on our student financial aid and scholarship support; student recruitment and retention initiatives; diversity, equity and inclusion commitments; and investing in our employees. Creating and leveraging flexibility wherever possible is a priority, as is continuing to place a paramount importance on using the best information available at the point in time when decisions are made.


The university will also continue to leverage federal relief where possible to lessen the financial damages sustained because of COVID-19 and to directly help students address the pandemic-induced challenges and trauma they’ve faced. This situation undoubtedly impacted their studies and abilities to make progress as they had hoped.


Together, we are looking forward to, and working toward, a more productive fall with in-person classes, social activities and events that celebrate what it means to be a Huskie. You each play an important role in bringing our campus to life this fall, and we appreciate all your efforts. Our next planned budget update will come in September after fall enrollment data is more complete and we can share current information in support of the refreshed multi-year planning and budgeting model.


Thank you,


Beth Ingram
Executive Vice President and Provost

Sarah Chinniah
Vice President for Administration and Finance,
Chief Financial Officer

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