Parents and Families


In becoming the most student-centered public research university, our goal is to provide unparalleled opportunities to foster our students’ personal, career and life success.

Your student will have tremendous opportunities to immerse themselves in their education under the mentorship of our outstanding faculty and staff. Engaged and experiential learning is a fundamental part of an NIU education. Our students do amazing things while they're here.

Through our 220 student organizations, students begin to apply their knowledge and realize their own potential as well as build community with their fellow students and professors.

Our students benefit from the mentorship and networking opportunities made possible by our 225,000 alumni, most of whom reside in the greater Chicago area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find information on tuition and fees?

NIU is ranked in the top third of colleges worth your investment by, and in the top 60 “America’s-Best-Bang-for-the-Buck” Colleges. Specific information about our tuition rates and fees is maintained by the Office of the Bursar.

Our Office of Registration and Records provides residency requirements for in-state tuition qualification.

What financial aid and scholarships are available for my student?

NIU offers financial assistance and scholarships to thousands of eligible students each year. In fact, last year 89 percent of NIU’s undergraduates received some form of financial assistance. For questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (NIU’s school code is 001737) and how to apply for financial assistance, please see the websites for the Student Financial Aid and Scholarship offices on campus. For specific questions, please use the contact information below:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

For scholarship-specific questions:

The Student Financial Aid office also maintains information on Veteran's Assistance.

Where can I find more information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?

Information on FERPA is available on the Registration and Records site.

Are there job opportunities for my student on campus?

Yes. Part-time jobs for students provide a valuable work experience and help to offset the costs of attending school. While attending NIU, a student may work on campus up to 20 hours per week. Employment opportunities are frequently available for students who demonstrate financial need through the College Work-Study Program. See Student Employment for opportunities!

Does NIU offer health care and medical insurance for students?

Yes. Health Services provides medical care to all registered students, full-time or part-time, who've paid on-campus tuition and fees. The university offers automatic enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan for students registered for nine or more on-campus hours and all international students. Students may use Health Services without being enrolled in the insurance plan.

How can I be more informed and involved in my student’s campus-life?

Huskie Family Connections provides meaningful opportunities for you to share in your son’s/daughter’s college experience. Visit the page today to check out upcoming events and to sign up for “The Huskie Minute,” our bi-monthly email newsletter.

Is there an honors program?

Yes! Students in the honors program reap the benefits of learning from NIU's top faculty, exploring their interests in-depth and designing individual programs of studies. For more information, see the University Honors Program and the Undergraduate Catalog.

Does NIU offer tutoring services for its students?

Yes. Our ACCESS program provides campus-wide academic support and tutoring to undergraduate students. Services include free, individualized appointment-based tutoring in most 100- and 200-level general education courses and a walk-in tutoring center in Grant residence hall.

What kinds of student organizations are there on campus?

It's easy to make friends and enjoy campus life by getting involved right away in one of our 220 student organizations and club sports. Organizations reflect diverse interests such as: academic and professional, diversity and cultural, honor societies, media, military, performing groups, religious, residence halls, service, social justice and sports.

Is counseling available for NIU students?

Yes. The Academic Advising Center assists students who have not chosen a major with identifying major and career options, choosing appropriate courses, clarifying life and educational goals and utilizing university resources.

Counseling and Student Development provides individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and referral, substance abuse assessments, eating disorder assessments, anger interventions, learning and study skills assistance, workshops, consultation (concerning mental health issues, programming and organizations) and training for graduate students.

What is the relationship of ACT scores and high school rank to graduation rates?

NIU's graduation rates are similar to the average graduation rates of other NCAA 1-A institutions. See our Fast Facts page for more information.

What kind of career planning services are offered to prepare students for life after graduation?

NIU’s Office of Career Services helps students secure internships and full-time employment by offering job and internship fairs, career counseling, résumé and cover letter reviews and an online job search database.

Is there bus service on campus for students?

NIU maintains the largest student-run university bus system in Illinois. The Huskie buses are in operation seven days a week, while school is in session during the fall and spring semesters, during winter and spring break and for limited hours during summer school. Routes cover the NIU campus and prime shopping areas throughout the city of DeKalb.

Can students bring their cars to campus?

Yes. Parking permits are required on campus and can be purchased online.

What kind of assistance does the university provide for students with disabilities?

The university provides support services for students with a variety of disabilities. A wide range of services can be obtained including, but not limited to, housing, transportation, adaptation of printed materials, testing accommodations, sign language interpreters and advocacy with faculty and staff.

Who do I contact for information about phones, computers and technology services?

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) provides and supports technology for the NIU campus.

Where can I purchase NIU clothing and gifts?

Huskie Books and Gear offers a variety of apparel and gifts available for purchase online.

Where do I buy tickets to NIU athletic events?

Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office at the NIU Convocation Center.

What are the school colors and mascot?

The school colors are cardinal red and black and the mascot is Victor E. Huskie. For more information, on Huskie Spirit visit the NIU Huskies site.

Does NIU offer an alumni association for its graduates?

Yes. The NIU Alumni Association is a network of 225,000 NIU Alumni and provides benefits, services, events and special programs to all NIU graduates.

How can I support NIU?

Gifts to the university through the NIU Foundation provide a dependable source of income to NIU's colleges, departments and other support units, enabling them to offer scholarships, improve academic programs, support faculty development, and enrich campus life for students.