AIM HIGH Grant: "Your Future Starts at Northeastern"

Northeastern Illinois University is launching the Golden Opportunity Scholarship in partnership with Illinois' AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program. This financial aid program starts in the 2019-2020 award year. Northeastern is bringing excellence to our students; with AIM HIGH, students can significantly reduce and possibly offset tuition and fees costs. The AIM HIGH Grant will be available to incoming freshmen who attended an Illinois high school, are Illinois residents and have a GPA of at least a 3.0. AIM HIGH will be available for eligible students throughout their time at Northeastern for a maximum time frame of four award years; students must also continuously meet the eligibility requirements. 

2020-2021 State of Illinois RISE Act

Unable to complete the #EARLYFAFSA? 

The RISE Act opens opportunities for students who are ineligible for federal financial aid. Instead of completing a FAFSA to determine MAP grant eligibility, students would complete an Illinois-specific online, interactive application patterned after the FREE application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The online application will be available on Jan. 1, 2020, for the 2020-21 award year. Students must provide Northeastern Illinois University with an affidavit stating that the application will be filed to become a permanent resident of the United States at the earliest opportunity the student is eligible to do so. 

The RISE Act extends eligibility for Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) gift assistance programs. These programs include the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program and the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program. Students are not exempted from meeting existing program eligibility criteria. Read more


  • El Centro: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 31
  • Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies: 3:30-4:30 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 31
  • TRIO: Ronald Williams Library Room 406, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
  • Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23
  • The Nest: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31


The mission of the College Awareness & Preparation Committee is to provide the people of Illinois with practical, timely and accurate information on the college process. Its work will focus on improving student, family and community awareness of the wide range of college financial aid opportunities and more generally, the college selection and admission process. The Committee will make service and outreach to nontraditional, underserved and underrepresented populations a particular emphasis of its work.