Financial Aid for Undergraduate Students

Several forms of financial aid are available to qualified students at Northern Illinois University.  These include School of Art and university scholarships, grants, work-study support, and state and federal loans.  All interested students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). NIU’s Federal School Code for this form is 001737.  The FAFSA paper form is available from your local high school or college and may be accessed at March 1 is the priority filing date for need-based financial aid.  These applications will be used in order to determine eligibility for participation in various state and federally funded grants, awards, and loans.  For information concerning loan and grant application procedures, prospective freshmen should contact the university in the fall of their senior year in high school.  Inquiries should be directed to: 

Student Financial Aid Office
Swen Parson Hall 245
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL  60115-2872
(815) 753-1395

A limited number of tuition waiver awards are available on a competitive basis for incoming freshman art students through the School of Art.  These tuition scholarships are awarded for a maximum of two years through a portfolio competition held by the School of Art for high school seniors in late January or February of each year.  Interested high school seniors should contact the School of Art at (815) 753-1467 for guidelines and application forms prior to January. 

A number of privately endowed scholarship grants of varying amounts are also competitively awarded on an annual basis by the School of Art to both undergraduate and graduate students already enrolled in the university who are classified as continuing majors in art.  These are generally awarded during the spring semester for the next academic year based on several criteria including class standing, major focus within art, GPA, and portfolio evaluation.  Interested students may contact the Recruitment Officer, Jacqueline Wells of the School of Art for additional information.


In addition to art scholarships and tuition waivers, a number of other university scholarships are available for incoming and current NIU students and are listed at two websites: and Most NIU scholarships have February 1 deadlines. Prospective students may also contact:

University Scholarship Coordinator
Williston Hall 342
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-4145 

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