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At the Aug. 15, 2019, meeting, Board of Trustees Chairperson Dennis Barsema addresses former NTC students after their public comments.

Board of Trustees meeting schedule changes

By Northern Star Staff | February 6, 2020

DeKALB — The schedule has changed for the NIU Board of Trustees Committee Meetings for Feb. 13, according to a news release from the university.The committee for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personal will meet at 8:30 a.m. The committee for...

NIU health insurance costs set to rise to $1K

By Keith Hernandez | March 2, 2015

The Affordable Care Act will again be responsible for a possible NIU student health insurance fee increase, which the Board of Trustees will vote on at its March 12 meeting.The Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee approved a...

Board of Trustees committee approves $616 student health insurance increase

By Northern Star staff | February 26, 2015

The Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee approved a recommendation to increase student health insurance from $744 per semester to $1,052 at a Thursday meeting.The increase would be NIU’s second major health insurance fee increase...

Board of Trustees approve cost attendance changes: tuition and fees up, housing down

By Jackie Nevarez | December 7, 2014

The Board of Trustees approved recommendations Thursday that would lower the overall cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students living on campus.The approved recommendations mean new undergraduate students will pay $22,706 in tuition, fees...

NIU cost of attendance cuts come with price for some

By Keith Hernandez | November 10, 2014

Full-time undergraduate students living on campus may see a reduction in the cost of attendance next year if the Board of Trustees approves committee recommendations.The Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee approved recommendations at a Thursday...

South lobby of Grant Towers.

$812K needed for roof in Grant

By Kelly Bauer | September 3, 2014

Editor's Note: This Northern Star incorrectly reported a budget of $850,000 has been requested to repair the Grant Central roof. The budget requested is $812,000.The Grant Central roof is in “urgent” need of replacement to the tune of $850,000.Bill...

Interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield speaks about NIUs budget proposal during a Board of Trustees Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee meeting on Sept. 1, 2014, in Altgeld Hall.

NIU plans for 700 drop in enrollment

By Kelly Bauer | September 1, 2014

NIU has built an expected enrollment decline of 700 students representing more than $8 million in potential revenue into its proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget.The decline would mark the fifth fall in a row NIU has had fewer students than it had the year...

SA voting a responsibility

By Jeremiah Caterina | March 25, 2014

Today begins students’ chance to vote for next year’s Student Association executives.The people elected speak for students, so it’s imperative students take part in choosing those leaders.I can’t emphasize enough the importance of every student...

NIU offers resources during Money Smart Week

By Guadalupe Lopez | April 22, 2013

According to, the average college student attending a public university in Illinois in 2011 accumulated an average of $26,470 in debt. To help students, NIU’s Financial Literacy Collaborative and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago...

NIU’s credit rating falls

By Jessi Haish | March 21, 2013

NIU’s downgraded credit score may not greatly affect its future plans. On Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service announced that ratings have been downgraded for four Illinois universities, including NIU. Moody’s is “an essential component of the global...

Huskie Stadium to be upgraded

By Logan Love | March 5, 2013

Huskie Stadium may receive up to $650,000 in upgrades, according to the Finance, Facilities and Operations Committee (FFOC) agenda. The stadium could see these upgrades before the 2013 season, pending the Board of Trustees’ approval. The FFOC approved...