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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 6, 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...

Students have many financial aid opportunities available

Students have many financial aid opportunities available

By Erin Kolb | September 10, 2012

While going to college isn’t cheap, students can find ways to alleviate the costs of attending. Jane Jordan, associate director of Student Financial Aid, and NIU alumna Jonitiana Kelly presented Navigating Your Financial Planning at Neptune Hall Monday....

Rising tuition costs result of increase in expenses

By Hailey Kurth | May 6, 2012

Gabrielle Miggins pays $23,000 to attend NIU. That was the cost for her after adding up the tuition, books, room and board, the junior elementary education major said. Miggins said she pays for her education with financial aid, scholarships and grants....

Northern Star File Photo - Senior communications major Jasmine Harvell assists freshman English major Alexander Ruiz at the financial aid office in January.

Early MAP grant suspension affects ‘neediest students’

By Perri Killam | March 20, 2012

The early suspension of Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants is now an issue facing students in need. Due to the large number of FAFSA applicants and restricted available funding, the suspension date for the 2012-2013 school year was March 14. This means...

Financial aid help available at FAFSA Fun Fest

By Lauren Dielman | February 15, 2012

Students are encouraged to attend FAFSA Fun Fest Thursday, where they can expect free food, raffle prizes and help filling out their FAFSA form. The FAFSA Fun Fest, hosted by the NIU Office of Student Financial Aid, will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the...

‘Ca-ching, ca-ching’: The importance of filing FAFSA early

By Chelsey Boutan | January 18, 2012

It used to be August. Then July. It got moved to April and now it's the third week of March.Each year, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing deadline for MAP Grant eligibility approaches sooner...

Winning the FAFSA race

By Parker Happ | January 17, 2012

New Years resolutions are hard to keep, but one you should definitely look to fulfill is filling your FAFSA form fast, my friend. Say that five times fast.In all seriousness, the sooner you file, the better. Students new to filling out the form should...

State government funding may cause cuts to MAP grants

By Andrea Azzo | October 12, 2011

Students may see their Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants shrink later this year. On Oct. 3, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) sent an email to students who filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The email stated...

FAFSA deadline extended for MAP grant eligibility

By Danny Ciamprone | March 21, 2011

Panic turned to jubilation at the NIU Financial Aid Office Monday morning after the MAP grant eligibility deadline was extended to Friday. The deadline for students to complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible for the MAP grant was originally 11 p.m....

FAFSA Fun Fest Fridays to launch this week

By Jacqueline Evans | February 16, 2011

Students are expected to swarm Swen Parson Hall Friday afternoon to see just how much financial aid they will receive next year. The Student Financial Aid Office will host FAFSA Fun Fest on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to kick off the semester-long series...