Only the first award notice/letter you receive is mailed in a paper format. All subsequent award letters, including revisions, are electronic. An email is sent to your NIU email account with award letter information and disclosures. The types of aid and amounts can be viewed in MyNIU. The email content and MyNIU information together constitute your award letter.
All financial aid award letters will be revised to reflect final/official registration for a term at the end of the second week of each semester. NIU allows some registration changes during the first two weeks of a semester, commonly referred to as the add/drop period. Visit the Academic Calendar for a list of official dates and deadlines.
Official award offers based on less than full-time fall registration will also reflect spring financial aid for the same enrollment level until spring official awards are revised. For example, if your final fall registration status is half-time, both fall and spring aid will change to half-time. Your aid will be adjusted to reflect actual spring enrollment after the spring add/drop period or upon request.
Official award offers may be adjusted based on events such as receipt of a new grant or scholarship, change in loan amount accepted, change in financial aid eligibility, withdrawal from all courses and registering in a course with a start date after the first two weeks of the semester.
The MAP grant pays per credit hour from 3 hours to 15 hours. Early award offers inform you of your maximum semester eligibility. You must be enrolled in 15 hours to receive the full amount. You can determine your per-hour amount by dividing the semester MAP award by 15.