Northeastern Illinois University highly encourages students to apply for scholarships right after applying with the FAFSA or State Alternative Application (RISE Act). The goal is to meet direct costs — tuition, fees and books — with grant and scholarship assistance in order to lessen the need to borrow. Students should pay close attention as each scholarship — whether NEIU or private — has its own criteria, application and deadline. For a detailed listing of institutional scholarships and tuition waivers, visit the Academic Catalog.
NEIU Foundation Scholarships
The Northeastern Illinois University Foundation annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards supported by the generous contributions of University alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Some scholarships are based on financial need. Some are merit-based, awarded to students whose ability to contribute to campus life is significant because of their academic potential or talent in a particular field. Students can apply online for Foundation scholarships by way of the student portal (NEIUport), My Financial Aid tab, Scholarships & Grants.
Valued at more than $60,000 during the course of four academic years, the Presidential Scholarship covers full in-state tuition, fees, and provides a book allowance. Housing costs not included. Each year, the University awards up to six new Presidential Scholars.
Established in 2000, Northeastern Illinois University awarded it's first Presidential Scholarship to a recipient who after graduating from NEIU, attended and completed law school and is now a practicing attorney in Chicago. The Presidential Scholarship Program attracts graduating high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic promise from the Chicago metropolitan and suburban areas. Through the support of this scholarship, students are able to concentrate on their academic studies and be engaged in college life.
Recipients of this scholarship major in academic fields such as business, music, social work, chemistry, education, biology and psychology. Presidential Scholars receive automatic admission into the University Honors Program, take advantage of study abroad opportunities, and are involved in a variety of student organizations, which enhance their leadership skills and commitment to service learning. This opportunity is open to incoming beginning freshman only.
- Academic Grade Point Average: 3.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- ACT cumulative score of 25 or greater (or) SAT equivalent of 1200 (or) graduation in top 10% of class
- Priority deadline: December 1
- Final deadline: February 15
NEIU Star Scholar
In recognition of the educational excellence of Chicago's Star Scholarship students, City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Star Scholars who gradate from CCC with an associate degree and a minimum GPA of a 3.0 will be admitted to Northeastern Illinois University and will be eligible to receive an NEIU Star Scholar Award. Learn more about the Star Scholarship.
- Be a Star Scholarship award winner enrolled at City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)
- Complete an associate degree at CCC prior to transferring to NEIU with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Complete FAFSA or State Alternative Application to determine financial aid eligibility
- Complete 30 semester hours per year at NEIU
- Declare a major at NEIU
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA at NEIU to be considered for renewal
Brommel Doctoral Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to support doctoral study for alumni who have received either bachelor’s or master’s degrees from Northeastern Illinois University who meet the specified criteria as stipulated by the donor, Dr. Bernard J. Brommel. For more information please contact Dr. Kenneth Vogelsonger, Acting Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, at email@example.com
NEIU Phi theta kappa scholarship
- Minimum 3.5 GPA and an A.A. or A.S. degree.
- Student must also be a full-time resident of Illinois.
- Enroll at NEIU immediately following completion of associate degree (in the fall).
- Pursuing first bachelor’s degree.
- Provide a letter of recommendation from Phi Theta Kappa advisor to confirm members and active participation in college’s PTK chapter.
The scholarship covers tuition (not fees) for the first 60 credit hours at NEIU. A recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and participate in the University Honors Program. The deadline to apply is June 15. The scholarship is awarded in the fall only.
NEIU Provost Merit Scholarships
Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to newly-admitted, first-time bachelor's degree-seeking students who meet the following criteria and who apply for early admission. Eligible admitted undergraduate students must be Illinois residents or residents of a neighboring state (Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri or Wisconsin). No application required. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
NEIU DEAN MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to newly-admitted, first-time bachelor degree-seeking students who meet the following criteria and who apply for early admission. Eligible admitted undergraduate students must be Illinois residents or residents of a neighboring state (Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri or Wisconsin). No application required. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first served basis.
Merit, Talent and Opportunity Scholarships
The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Technology, Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, Nontraditional Degree Programs, and the University Honors Programs offer merit awards for high achieving students. Award amounts vary and cover tuition only. Open to new freshman and transfer students as well as continuing students. Apply online.
- Freshman selection is based upon high school class rank (upper 15 percent), ACT composite score of 24 (25 for University Honors Program), GPA range of 3.0-3.50, essay, and letter of recommendation.
- Transfers and continuing students selection is based upon a GPA range of 3.0-3.50 depending upon the program, essay and letters of recommendation.
NSF (National Science Foundation) Noyce Scholarship Program
Awards students who are interested in teaching mathematics and/or science — particularly in high-need high schools. The scholarship provides funding for up to three years (One-two years of undergraduate studies plus one additional year in the Teacher Licensure Program).
Learn more about the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship.
Awards provide support for two years of the undergraduate program; junior and senior years. Students who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are especially encouraged to apply.
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