Care and Support

Support for Housing Insecurity

NIU provides resources to students experiencing housing insecurity and/or are considered to be a “student in care.” If either of these apply to you, contact Jeffrey Salmon for assistance (815-753-0100,

You’re considered to be housing insecure if you don’t have a safe, stable place to stay every night, or if your parent/legal guardian can’t or won’t help you find one. This applies to many situations, including the following:

  • Living in a motel/hotel, trailer park, campground or emergency shelter
  • Living in a car, park, abandoned building or other public space
  • Living with someone temporarily (friend, relative, etc.)
  • Not having somewhere to go when your residence hall closes

You’re considered to be a student in care if you are, or were in the past, under the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

You can read legal definitions of homelessness and student in care in the Higher Education Housing and Opportunities Act and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Campus and Community Resource Toolkit

Helping you succeed as a Huskie means supporting you holistically as a person. The campus and community resources we’ve gathered here can help address a variety of issues you may face. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us or fill out an assistance request form.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the online form you’ll use to apply for financial aid (federal and state grants, loans and work-study). It includes information about parents/guardians. If you're not living with your parents/guardians and/or you're experiencing housing insecurity, you may be asked to provide additional documentation. Get help answering the FAFSA question about student homelessness.

On-campus resources:

Off-campus resources:

On-campus resources:

Off-campus resources:

  • Huskie Bus Line is operated by the City of DeKalb. It's free for students and goes to many locations on and off campus.
  • Carpool Connections is a Facebook group that helps students share rides to campus.