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Pritzker plans to allocate additional $50M to MAP grant funding

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, (center) talks Dec. 13 with President Donald Trump during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House. 

Kierra Frazier

March 31, 2019

DeKALB — Good news could be coming to those who receive grants from the Monetary Award Program. Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a $50 million boost to help the program in his 2020 budget.MAP is a program which provides grants to low-income Illinois residents who attend Illinois colleges. Students can ap...

Pritzker plans to conquer higher education struggle by targeting enrollment

Sophia Mullowney

January 28, 2019

DeKALB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has plans for addressing enrollment in higher education, and students can anticipate an increase in financial aid opportunities.The governor announced a threefold plan for Illinois education reform, targeting increasing college affordability, encouraging Illinois students to a...

Four Stages of Filling out FASFA Told by Gifs

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 1.When they ask you to do ridiculous math like add lin...

Offices merge in hope of increasing efficiency

Nancy Galan

October 27, 2016

DeKALB | For the past seven years, the Scholarship and Financial Aid Offices have worked together to help students find financial resources, and this semester, the two combined because of a Program Prioritization recommendation.Program Prioritization used task forces to create reports that reviewed 22...

InFocus: What should change in the SA?

Perspective Staff

March 23, 2014

Jeremiah CaterinaThe next Student Association leaders need to communicate more with the student body. I think this should be accomplished in two ways.First, our student leaders need to utilize more technology to reach out to students. Each executive position should have associated social media account...

Correct approach can aid freshmen retention

Northern Star Editorial Board

March 18, 2014

Keeping freshmen enrolled for a full year — and past their first year — has proven difficult for NIU.NIU should focus on three issues that plague incoming freshmen: Tailoring general education requirements to majors, implementing effective financial advising and assuring incoming freshmen they can’t...

MyNIU eases stress from keeping track of classes

AJ Edwards

December 1, 2013

Our college careers can be difficult to keep track of, but luckily we have our MyNIU Student Center page to guide us through the struggle.It’s important for college students to keep track of credits, grades and finances, and this resource helps us do just that. The page not only tells us what classes a...

College debt can be a pain for parents

Annastazia Camarena

February 25, 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but if it did students would still need a forest to cover their college tuition. As college tuition steadily increases, many are finding out that student loans and financial aid aren’t covering the cost of their tuition. To ensure their college student can get a degree and c...

NIU offers financial aid help

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 student and parent and/or 2012 W-2 forms and PIN...

Jane Jordan gives ‘Dollars and Cents’ presentation

Jane Jordan gives 'Dollars and Cents' presentation

Meghan Connell

September 10, 2012

Jane Jordan, Associate Director of Division of Student Affairs, talks to students about successively applying for financial aid during the presentation 'Dollars and Cents' in the Neptune smart classroom. The presentation entailed information about types of financial aid and tips on getting the full amount of ...

Letter is ‘morale-crushing propaganda’

Letter to the editor

February 15, 2012

Apparently, an angry article about unemployment and student debt is "morale-crushing propaganda."Ms. Howard says that she works "one job that pays for less than a quarter of [her] housing." If this is so, then she is either going to be over $40,000 in debt by the time she graduates, or her parents ar...

Winning the FAFSA race

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 note that it doesn't hurt to just fill it out and se...