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Federal Financial Aid

Degree-seeking graduate students who are US citizens may be eligible for Federal Direct Loans, private loans, and Federal Direct Plus Loans for Graduate and Professional Students.

Non-degree students (students-at-large) are usually not eligible for Federal Financial Aid, though in certain restricted instances they may be.

Graduate students who receive federal aid are subject to regulations governing Satisfactory Academic Progress. To remain eligible for federal aid, graduate students must maintain good academic standing, complete coursework for which they sign up and not accumulate an excessive number of hours more than required by the Graduate Catalog to complete their degrees.

All Federal Financial Aid at NIU is administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid. The loan counselor in Student Financial Aid who specializes in graduate student eligibility is Nicole Brown.