About the Scholarships Office

The Scholarships Office promotes and awards University scholarship funds to deserving students. The goal is to assist in lessening the financial burden that many students seek to overcome. Scholarship information (criteria, application and deadline) is offered for each scholarship awarded. 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. View the NEIU Foundation scholarships.

How to Apply

  • Apply online. Some scholarships may have a priority deadline of April 15.
  • For the General Application, submit (upload) current resume or listing highlighting extracurricular activities, leadership positions held, academic honors, community service, employment etc.
  • Respond to the required essay question (250 word minimum).

For further information, contact the Scholarships Office at scholarships@neiu.edu or (773) 442-4606

External Scholarship Opportunities 

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Earnest Spring 2022 Scholarship 
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THe neiu diversifying faculty in illinois fellowship 

NEIU Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) fellowship application period is now open. This fellowship provides a tuition waiver for six credit hours and a $10,000-$20,000 stipend to qualifying minority graduate students who hope to teach in colleges or universities. More information. 

Chicago 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 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. Timothy Libretti, Brommel Doctoral Committee Chair, at t-libretti@neiu.edu.

Presidential Scholarship

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. Each year, six new Presidential Scholars are selected.

Established in 2000, the first Northeastern Illinois University Presidential Scholarship was awarded 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, just to name a few. 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 on campus, which enhance their leadership skills and commitment to service learning. This opportunity is open to incoming beginning freshman only. The application deadline is Feb. 15. 

Brochure and Application

Professional educator scholarships

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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 3. The scholarship is awarded in the fall only.

PTK Scholarship Application

For further questions, please email scholarships@neiu.edu.

Merit, Talent, and Opportunity Scholarships

The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, 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 here.


  • 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.
  • Please utilize the online search and application tool to view scholarship criteria and to apply.