NIU will require and provide an incentive for all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 academic year. The requirement and incentive apply to all students who will live in residence halls or participate in face-to-face classes or in-person research or artistry at any NIU location. Students who enroll only in online classes are exempt from this requirement and incentive. The deadline for submitting proof of vaccination or an exemption request is Friday, Aug. 20, 2021.
To submit your proof of COVID-19 vaccination and request your incentive credit, you will need a photo or an image of your vaccine record to upload.
An acceptable vaccination record card should include the following information: name of the vaccine given, lot number(s), date(s) vaccine was given and initials of healthcare professional or clinic site.
Students may request an exemption for medical and religious reasons or request a personal exemption until vaccines transition from emergency use authorization status to full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
In order to receive the $100 incentive credit, you must submit required documentation by Aug. 20, 2021. You must also still meet all eligibility requirements after the add/drop period for the fall term is complete (be enrolled for in-person classes or residing in the residence halls).
You will choose to either have your credit applied to your fall 2021 account balance or to have it refunded directly to you.
The deadline to actively make either choice is 11:59 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The vaccine credit will be added to your awards and sent to you via your bursar account starting Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.
If you choose to apply your vaccine incentive credit to your account balance, you are indicating you wish for NIU to apply your $100 funds toward your eligible fall 2021 outstanding charges after all financial aid has been applied.
If your eligible charges are less than $100, the remainder of the grant will be refunded directly to you after paying eligible fall 2021 charges. We recommend setting up direct deposit, if you have not already done so, to help expedite any eligible credit balance refund.
If you choose to have the vaccine credit refunded directly, you are indicating you do not want your $100 to pay any NIU charges and prefer the $100 be sent directly to you. Your NIU account balance will not change as a result of the incentive funds and is still your responsibility to pay. We recommend setting up direct deposit, if you have not already done so, to help expedite the credit balance refund.
Review the FAQ page for more information about the vaccine requirement and incentive for students as well as answers to other frequently asked questions.
NIU complies with the Illinois Department of Health which requires students to provide proof of immunization for Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Meningococcal Conjugate. Details on required vaccines and how to submit your verified documents are available on the Immunization Compliance and Records site.