Northeastern Illinois University is pleased to participate in the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity. This new and innovative statewide consortium provides full tuition scholarships to NEIU Early Childhood Education majors who are currently working or who have worked in positions such as teacher, assistant or director in early childhood centers, schools or homes. The scholarships also can cover costs such as room and board, books and supplies. 

Starting in Fall 2023, this scholarship will be available to all freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students enrolled in an NEIU Early Childhood Education degree program. Currently enrolled students who have never been employed in a childcare setting can become eligible for the scholarship by securing a position and completing the Gateways To Opportunity Registry.

The best way to get information about this scholarship is to send an email to

To learn more about the program, visit the links here:

In addition to offering the ECACE Scholarship, NEIU will offer mini-grants and debt relief to scholarship recipients during the 2023-2024 academic year. Send an email to to for more information about these opportunities.