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Zac Gill, city engineer for the City of DeKalb spoke at University Council Wednesday. Gill spoke about the construction occurring at the Normal Road and Lucinda Avenue intersection. (Emily Beebe | Northern Star)

FAFSA packages to be sent out next week

By Emily Beebe, Assistant Editor | May 1, 2024

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman announced at Wednesday’s University Council meeting that, barring any other issues, financial aid packages should be sent out to first-year students by the end of next week and to returning students within the next...

A sign reading “245 Student Financial Aid Office” hangs the window outside of the Financial Aid Office. The changes to the FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year is pushing back the student financial aid packet release date. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Student financial aid offer release delayed

By Kayla Martin, News Reporter | February 26, 2024

DeKALB – With the new updates FAFSA has implemented, student financial aid offers across the country are being delayed.  For the 2024-25 school year and beyond, the U.S. Department of Education updated the FAFSA to create an easier and simpler process...

A college notebook with the word FAFSA with a graduation cap written inside. The U.S. Department of Education announced new regulations to make financial aid more accessible to students. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Department of Education issues protective regulations for student aid

By Kaitlyn Lee-Gordon, News Reporter | October 25, 2023

DeKALB – The U.S. Department of Education has issued new rules and regulations that looks to protect students from unaffordable college debt and keep colleges accountable for providing financial aid. From 2013 through 2022, the Department of Education...

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, News Reporter | 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

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.

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

A person sleeps on a sidewalk bench.

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...