• Applicants must have been admitted to a graduate degree program by the application deadline. Graduate students-at-large and students in certificate, licensure or endorsement programs are not eligible.
  • Must demonstrate financial need, as determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be United States citizens or permanent residents (eligible non-citizens).
  • Must be registered for a graduate-level course; scholarships can be applied only to a course that contributes to a student’s academic progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the graduate degree.
  • Academic standing:
    • Continuing students must be in good academic standing.
    • New students must have a 3.00 or better undergraduate cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 point scale.

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office:

Application Deadlines 

Fall scholarships

Spring scholarships

Summer scholarships

July 15

November 15

April 1

Processing of Applications

Applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and ranked based on determined need and academic excellence. Awardees will receive an email award letter from the College of Graduate Studies and Research at graduatestudies@neiu.edu

Document Submission

Email: financial-aid@neiu.edu

Drop-off: Financial Aid Office, Room D 200

Contact Us

If you have questions, please email the College of Graduate Studies and Research at graduatestudies@neiu.edu.