Are you an Illinois high school senior graduating in May? Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above? You could pay no tuition costs or general fees your first year at NIU — and potentially beyond. That’s our Huskie Pledge to you.
The Huskie Pledge Grant is funded by the state of Illinois’ AIM HIGH Program. Funding is limited, so be sure to apply for admission and submit your FAFSA or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid by the priority deadline of Feb. 1, 2021.
The Huskie Pledge Grant covers tuition and general fee expenses that aren't met by other financial aid. To determine the amount of your Huskie Pledge Grant, we'll look at your initial NIU, federal and state aid. This includes:
Federal Pell and Supplemental Grants.
Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants.
Advantage Grant (our traditional need-based grant).
If you qualify, you'll receive a Huskie Pledge Grant in the amount of any remaining expenses for tuition and general fees.
If you continue to meet renewal eligibility criteria, you'll receive the same Huskie Pledge Grant amount for up to four more years, regardless of changes to your other financial aid.