NIU launches 'Huskie Pledge,' aims to cover first-year college costs for freshmen

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DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- Northern Illinois University launches a new initiative to help cover first-year costs and offer a full ride for certain students.

The "Huskie Pledge" grant is available for Illinois high school students who are graduating this year and enrolling full-time at NIU next fall.

In order to qualify, the student must meet these requirements:

-Illinois residency
-A cumulative 3.0 grade point average at an Illinois high school
-Graduation from high school during the 2019-20 school year
-A family income of $75,000 or less
-Family assets of $75,000 or less (as defined by the FAFSA)
-Fall 2020 enrollment at NIU as a full-time student

If the student maintains the same eligiblity requirements, they could get their tuition covered for an additional three years.

"We think this is one of the more generous financial aid programs in the state, one that makes our university even more accessible to students of all backgrounds," says Sol Jensen, NIU vice president for the Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications. "If you're a high school student currently carrying close to a 3.0 GPA, you should be checking out NIU to see if you qualify. We're eager to see you become a Huskie."

The Huskie Pledge Program is supported by funding from the State of Illinois.