NIU: Apply for student aid soon
Jan. 04, 2014
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University officials are urging students who will be enrolled in school this fall to begin applying for student aid now.
NIU officials say seven in 10 students in the 2012-13 academic year received need-based financial aid from state, federal and university sources.
But they say hundreds lost out because they didn't complete the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid quickly enough.
The U.S. Education Department has begun accepting FAFSA forms for the 2014-15 school year.
The form is available online as well as in paper form and can be completed in Spanish.
Completing a FAFSA makes students eligible for more than $13,000 in federal and state financial aid, depending on financial circumstances.
The form is also required to borrow student-loan funds.