Here are some helpful tips for successfully applying for financial aid.

  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): The FAFSA must be completed each academic year if you wish to be considered for most financial aid programs.
  • Estimated Tax Information: It is acceptable to estimate the tax information requested on FAFSA and update to the actual amounts at a later date.
  • Federal Tax Return: Plan to have your federal tax returns completed early to allow for the timely filing of accurate tax information.
  • Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID): Plan to apply for your FSAID https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm. This is your electronic signature to sign your FAFSA.
  • Social Security Number (SSN): Be sure you have correctly reported your SSN and date of birth on both the NIU Admissions application and the FAFSA.
  • Check Your Information: You will receive from the Department of Education a Student Aid Report (SAR) once your FAFSA application has been processed. Look over the SAR carefully to ensure all information is correct.
  • Please read this tutorial on the 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA