How To Apply For Financial Aid

The primary financial aid application form is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available on-line at

  • If you have not filed for financial aid, submit the FAFSA. To select NEIU as a school to receive your information, enter our Title IV school code 001693 on the application.
  • Using FAFSA on the web ( to file, students can select to sign electronically using a Federal Student Aid Identification Number or FSA ID. Students can apply for an FSA ID within the FAFSA on the Web. Dependent students will also need at least one FSA ID from one parent.
  • For priority consideration for all institutional financial aid, your FAFSA should be received at NEIU by February 15.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval is available to streamline the FAFSA completion and verification process. If the federal tax return is 'Already Completed' for the appropriate tax year, the student and/or spouse/parent can retrieve data directly from the IRS into the FAFSA.

You will receive a Student Aid Report or SAR through the email address provided on the FAFSA. If any of the information on the SAR is incorrect, make the necessary corrections using If all the information is correct, keep it for your records. If you listed Northeastern Illinois University as one of the schools to receive the data, our Financial Aid Office will receive your information electronically.

Applicants and their parents should be prepared to furnish any information verifying data on the application. This may include documents from the Internal Revenue Service for the verification process.

Applications will be processed and awards will be made on a first come, first served basis for campus-based funds (Federal Work Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loan). Federal Pell Grant, Monetary Award Program Grant (ISAC) and Direct Loan applications are also reviewed in date order. Although the amounts of these awards are not determined by the date priority, early applicants will receive their award offers first.

You will receive an award offer detailing the financial aid for which you qualify. All financial aid funds will be credited to your NEIU billing account. If the total credited funds exceed your NEIU bill, you will be notified of the refund distribution process from the Student Loan Department. Students can register for direct deposit using NEIUport, Registration Tools in the Current Student tab.  Students choosing to pick up a paper check must provide two documents of identification, one of which must be the University ID.

Additional information concerning financial assistance and filing deadlines can be obtained by checking the student portal, the website, email at or fax at (773) 442-5040.