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Free USC tuition to students with $80K or less family income

February 20, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California will phase in free tuition for undergraduate students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Thursday.As part of the initiative, ownership...

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

By ANDREW TAYLOR | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget...

Family gets 55,000 duplicate letters from loan company

February 3, 2020

An Ohio man is pondering what to do with the 55,000 duplicate statements addressed to his home by a student loan company.Dan Cain said he was suspicious when a postal worker in Twinsburg, Ohio, told him recently that his mail wouldn't fit through the...

Transgender, undocumented students eligible for state financial aid

By Noah Johnson | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — Transgender and undocumented students who are Illinois residents are now eligible to apply for scholarships, grants, awards, free room and board and other kinds of financial assistance from the state.The Retention of Illinois Students and Equity...

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...

Wealthy families are unfairly taking scholarship money from other students

Wealthy families are unfairly taking scholarship money from other students

By Ryan Wyrobek | August 27, 2019

College is a large financial burden that many families struggle to pay for, which is why it is so unfair that wealthy families have crafted a way for their children to take financial aid from those who truly do not have the necessary funding to attend...

SA supports act for scholarship funds

By Ali Qazi | March 25, 2019

The Student Association Senate has announced its support of the RISE Act, which will provide an amazing opportunity to students who aren’t able to support themselves throughout college, including undocumented immigrants.Students who are unable to receive...

In this Oct. 11 file photo, Dean of Students Kelly Wesener-Michael speaks during the University Council meeting Wednesday next to Sol Jensen, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

University Council discusses potential scholarships

By Fathima Siddiqui | October 11, 2018

DeKALB - The University Council met Wednesday to share student responses on the impact of the events held throughout the week.NIU has joined the Illinois Innovation Network to create the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, NICCS, which...

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...

The Financial Aid Office is here to answer all of your questions

By Portia Kerr-Newman | October 10, 2010

The Office of Student Financial Aid serves as resource for students who need assistance with the financial process. But some students feel financial aid does not do its job in assisting or providing adequate information. I began to wonder why so many...