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NIU unveils AIM HIGH, Partner scholarships

October 13, 2018

DeKALB – Two new scholarship programs at Northern Illinois University will help the school’s goal to help make college more affordable for first-time college or transfer students in fall 2019.

Students who qualify for the AIM HIGH and NIU Partner scholarships may be able to cover tuition and fees by stacking these scholarships on top of NIU merit scholarships and other financial aid. Recipients also may receive funds that can be applied to NIU housing, books and other educational expenses.

Sol Jensen, vice president of enrollment management, marketing and communications at NIU, said the Partner Scholarship is specifically geared toward students who will graduate from a DeKalb County high school or transfer from Kishwaukee College to attend NIU in fall 2019.

Jensen said NIU officials know area students and educators and that those students receive a quality education. From a selfish standpoint, he said, he would love to see them come to NIU because of the higher likelihood that those students would end up pursuing a career in the state or even in the county after they graduate.

“And that will help the economic vitality of our county and our state,” Jensen said.

The programs also are part of NIU’s promise to increase available scholarship funding by about 30 percent in fall 2019, Jensen said. About 1,000 freshmen and transfers applied and were accepted to NIU but chose to not enroll in any school for mostly financial reasons, he said, and the goal with these two programs is to give those students the opportunity to pursue a college degree.

Jensen said the scholarships are funded by a $2.74 million grant from the state of Illinois AIM HIGH program, which was matched by the university through the NIU Foundation and other institutional dollars.

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