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Throughout the month of October, ISAC will be offering assistance with both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

Financial aid assistance offered for ‘College Changes Everything’ month

By Evan Mellon, Assistant News Editor | October 5, 2022

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is offering assistance with college applications and financial aid to students and schools during College Changes Everything Month in Illinois. Throughout the month of October, ISAC will be offering...

NIU is working to help those students who need it most, with its support of the DoublePell campaign.

Editorial: Doubling Pell Grant creates opportunity for success

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 25, 2022
Doubling the Pell Grant would allow students a better opportunity for future success.
FAFSA applications will open Oct. 1. Students and their parents will have to fill out the application for the student to receive financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year. 

FAFSA process needs reform

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 25, 2019

FAFSA applications for the 2020-21 school year open Oct. 1, and students will soon be tasked with the complicated process of proving they are worthy of financial assistance for college expenses. In determining FAFSA eligibility, a student is reduced to...

Four Stages of Filling out FASFA Told by Gifs

By Lauren Clohessy | October 11, 2017

Filling out FASFA every year seems like a burdening task, but we all go through it. Here are four gifs that describe emotions and confusion throughout the process. Don’t forget, FASFA applications for the 2018-2019 school year opened Sunday, October...

Student Association Senators listen to a presentation during the SA Senate meeting Sunday. SA Senate meetings are open to the public and take place 5 p.m. Sundays in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

SA Senate to rally for state financial support

By Julia Martinez | October 17, 2016

DeKALB | The Student Association Senate will host a budget and Monetary Award Program grant rally at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the MLK Commons.MAP grants are given to students who need financial support based on their FAFSA information, according to the Illinois...

FAFSA filing period adjusted

FAFSA filing period adjusted

By Sam Malone | October 6, 2016

DeKALB | The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is declaring October as College Changes Everything month as a result of the new Oct. 1 opening date for FAFSA.FAFSA is a form prepared and submitted by college students to determine the amount of financial...

Kishwaukee College to hold FAFSA Completion Night

By Northern Star staff | February 10, 2016

Kishwaukee College, 21193 Malta Road in Malta, will hold a FAFSA Completion Night 6 p.m. Thursday in Room A1345.Financial Aid staff will be present to help students complete the 2016-17 forms, according to a Kishwaukee College tweet.Students are asked...

A person sleeps on a sidewalk bench.

Homelessness up for NIU students

By Alexander Chettiath | November 23, 2015

More NIU students have been identified as homeless this year than in any years prior, according to an NIU official.Six NIU students were recognized as homeless, by the office of the Ombudsperson. They were directed to Student Affairs and Enrollment Management,...

Stop being lazy: It’s time to file FAFSA

By Jackie Nevarez | January 22, 2014

Although the semester has just begun, it is time to start thinking about finances for the upcoming school year.The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is filled out by students to determine how much financial aid they receive for college.Financial...

Financial Aid Office offers workshop for FAFSA

By Kia Clair | February 20, 2013

The Financial Aid Office provides NIU students FAFSA Fridays workshops that consist of private one-on-one sessions with an adviser. Financial aid advisers help students who are applying for financial aid during the workshops. The workshops were established...

NIU offers financial aid help

By Jessi Haish | February 5, 2013

“FAFSA Fridays” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday during the spring semester in Swen Parson Hall, Room 245. This event is open to current and prospective students and is free. All participants should bring federal income taxes for...

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month

By Jessi Haish | February 5, 2013

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is hosting events during the month of February. More than 200 events will be held across the state to help students and their families with college financial aid. Free Application for Federal Student Aid...