Student Financial Assistance COVID-19 Resource Center and Consumer Information
In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Northeastern Illinois University Financial Aid Office has put together this page of resources for prospective and current students of the NEIU community. Below you will find links to resources from Federal Student Aid and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). Students and families of the NEIU community can also view updates at the University’s COVID-19 Response site, which includes a list of FAQ and answers.
Federal student aid
The U.S. Department of Education is actively monitoring the new coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, we can help you understand what to do in certain circumstances. Information will be added for students, borrowers and parents to the student aid website on a regular basis.
- The recently enacted federal CARES Act provides money to colleges and universities for emergency student financial aid grants. NEIU is working to release these funds directly to degree-seeking students based on enrollment as of the census date. The purpose of the money is to award emergency financial aid grants for expenses resulting from the disruption of on-campus operations caused by coronavirus. A Frequently Asked Questions page is available to address further details.
- The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) CARES funding: The table below provides the most current reporting information from the date the University received its allocation for emergency financial aid grants to students, institutional share, and relief assistance for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
CARES Act Reporting Requirements
- Federal Direct Loan borrowers enrolled less than half-time (6 credit hours) and in repayment may qualify for a deferment with zero interest accrual. Contact information for your loan servicer can be found at studentloans.gov. The FSA ID is required for login.
- Federal Loan borrowers in default may qualify for a reprieve. Contact your loan servicer for additional information.
- Private Student Loan borrowers may qualify for a reprieve. Contact your private loan provider directly for additional information.
- If there is a dislocated worker status resulting from the outbreak extending beyond 10 weeks for you, your spouse or your parents, a Special Condition Request can be submitted with the appropriate documentation for the circumstances.
Illinois student assistance commission (ISAC)
To slow the transmission of the virus and protect our community, all ISAC offices are currently closed to the general public. ISAC understands these are unprecedented times, and to continue with the administration of MAP grants to best serve Illinois students, a limited release is scheduled of 2020-2021 MAP award announcements in suspense status.
MAINTAINING STUDENT AID ELIGIBILITY
- Despite the change in instruction delivery method, your financial aid will not be affected if you remain enrolled. This includes your federal, state, and institutional grants, scholarships and loans. Students considering dropping classes or complete withdrawals for the remainder of the semester should keep in mind that this decision could impact future financial aid eligibility.
- FREE eTextbook Option: As a service to students, Follett Bookstore partnered with RedShelf and participating publishers to provide free e-books where available.
- We strongly recommend speaking with your advisor before you withdraw from a course.
- Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 course registration is still open!
GENERAL STUDENT FINANCIAL WELLNESS
- Northeastern students are resilient, resourceful and innovative. However, given the unprecedented circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Student Emergency Fund has been established.
- To accommodate the need for safety and reduced time within the pantry, submit request for food items to be pre-packaged by completing the request form and note what day and time you wish to pick up the food.
- Find a food pantry near you: For students who do not live on or near campus and are in need of food assistance, Greater Chicago Food Depository provides an up-to-date listing of pantries across Chicago.
- We know that our students and alumni have busy schedules and may not always be able to attend a workshop at the time it is offered. In order to support students and their career goals and reach more students remotely, Career Development has added a selection of on-demand workshops that they can watch at times convenient to their schedules.
- Pell Grant Recipients Eligible for Federal Internet Subsidy! The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, and virtual classrooms. Visit this site for more information: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit
Be GradReady and earn a $500 scholarship at the end of the semester! Students who earn badges by completing Financial Literacy modules within GradReady. The student who earns the most badges at the end of the semester will receive a $500 scholarship posted against their University student account.
Per Federal Guidelines, the following consumer information is listed below for all NEIU current and prospective students:
- 2020–2021 Guide to Student Affairs Programs and Services
- Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure for the Institution and its Programs
- Annual Security Report (Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures, Timely Warnings, and Crime Log)
- Average Net Cost
- Code of Conduct for Education Loans
- Cohort Default History
- College Affordability and Transparency Center
- College Navigator
- Conditions and terms applicable to employment as part of aid package
- Cost of Attendance
- Credit Hour Definition
- Criteria for determining amount of student's award
- Criteria for selecting recipients from group of eligible applicants, (University Catalog)
- Description of Academic Programs
- Description of special facilities and services available to disabled students
- Discrimination and/or harassment grievance form
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program
- Entrance Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers
- Equal Opportunity
- Exit Counseling for Student Loan Borrowers (Financial Aid office sends out letters to students within 30 days of graduation or who drop below half-time.)
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Fire Safety Report and Fire Log
- Gainful Employment and Job Placement for Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students
- Graduate College
- Graduate Student Exit Survey
- Information for Crime Victims about Disciplinary Proceedings
- Information Regarding the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
- Institutional Refund
- Instructional, laboratory and other physical plant facilities related to academic programs
- List of faculty and other instructional personnel
- Method of financial assistance disbursements to student and frequency of disbursements: View on NEIUport the Financial Aid Awards Section and Award Acceptance and click Schedule for more information.
- Net Price Calculator
- Notice of Institutional and Financial Aid Information, (University Catalog)
- Policies and Sanctions Regarding Copyright Infringement (Including Computer Use and File Sharing)
- Policies Regarding Transfer of Credit and Articulation Agreements
- Policies Regarding Withdrawal, Institutional Refund, and the Return of Title IV Funds
- Principle of Excellence for Serving Veterans
- Private Education Loan Disclosures (Including Self-Certification Form)
- Procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance
- Retention and Graduation Rates
- Rights and Responsibilities: Criteria for continued eligibility, (University Catalog)
- Rights and Responsibilities: Standards of Academic Progress and reestablishing eligibility, (University Catalog)
- State Grant Aid
- Student Body Demographics
- Student initial eligibility requirements
- Student Loan Information published by the U.S. Department of Education
- Terms of any loan received, sample repayment schedule for sample loans and necessity for repaying loans: View on NEIUport the Financial Aid Awards Section and Award Acceptance for more information. Students should get an idea of how to pay back loans before applying. Please use this resource to learn about types of loans to apply for, repayment and much more.
- Textbook Information
- Title IX
- VAWA (Resource Guide)
- Voter Registration Forms