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Welcome to The Graduate School at Northern Illinois University!

About The Graduate School

Working with departments and units across campus, the Graduate School ensures the quality of academic programs and graduate student life. The Graduate School also functions as an admissions office for all prospective degree-seeking and non-degree seeking graduate students and as an academic records and service office for enrolled students. Additionally, through its Office of Recruitment and Student Support and the Office of the Dean, the Graduate School administers a variety of competitive grant, fellowship, assistantship, and tuition waiver programs.

Tuition Waiver Programs

Northern Illinois University awards tuition waivers in order to aid in the achievement of the university mission and to further state-wide goals for higher education in the State of Illinois. Through competitive processes, waivers are awarded under the following programs: Recruitment, McNair Scholars, Under-Represented Minority and Artistic Talent (only available to students admitted to Art, Music or Theatre programs). A description of the processes and eligibility requirements can be found at


September 30, 2016: Deadline for submission of application and relevant supporting material, if required.

October 7, 2016: Deadline for departments to submit recommendations for applicants to a waiver program.

Students in Art, Music or Theatre should contact the graduate coordinator in their respective departments for Artistic Talent Tuition Waiver application deadlines.


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If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Bonni Feltz
Dean's Office

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