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 PIN: Plan to apply for your PIN at www.pin.ed.gov. 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.