Incoming students may be awarded scholarships based on their application for admission to NIU. However, there are many other ways to locate potential scholarship opportunities.

If you are a student athlete, contact NIU coaches regarding specific athletic scholarship processes.

Search and apply for NIU's available scholarships in MyScholarships.  The system is generally open between November and January with scholarships for the following academic year.

Outside Scholarships

You will also want to consider scholarships outside of NIU. Check with the following:

  • Your high school guidance counselor or college advisor
  • Employers (both yours and your parents')
  • Local organizations or affiliations (Kiwanis, 4-H, Lions Club)
  • Places of personal volunteerism (local hospitals, clubs, etc.)
  • Unions
  • Your church
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Local library - There are numerous reference books on scholarships and foundations.
  • The Internet - NIU lists many reliable online scholarship resources.
  • Newspapers - Watch for firms or organizations offering scholarships as well as listings of local students who have won.
  • Yellow Pages - Find out if any professional/social organizations have chapters in your area.

Private Scholarships

If you have received a private scholarship, provide the following address to your donor:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Northern Illinois University
Swen Parson Hall 245
DeKalb, IL 60115