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Scholarships at NLU

What is a Scholarship?

A scholarship is financial assistance that you do not have to pay back. It is an award that is applied directly to tuition and other educational costs. Scholarships for college are either donor-funded or need-based. Donor-funded scholarships are awarded on the strength of your academic record in high school and college. Need-based scholarships are awarded to qualified students who demonstrate the most need for financial assistance to help afford college. Please note that some scholarships are also limited to students in specific degree programs or areas of study.


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NLU Scholarships

National Louis University awards the following scholarships to qualified undergraduate (seeking a bachelor's degree) and graduate students. You don’t need to apply separately for most of these scholarships. They are automatically awarded based on the information in your admissions application and on your FAFSA. Please note that most NLU resources are limited to 10% of the tuition charges assessed per term. Students are only eligible to receive one NLU resource per academic year. Generally, NLU scholarships can only be used to cover tuition costs and are not refundable to the student. Students who receive additional resources that cover tuition costs, such as employer reimbursement or outside scholarships for college, may not be eligible for these awards.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Scholarships for New NLU Students 

Scholarships for Current NLU Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Scholarship for McCormick Center Students and Alumni


In addition to the above, NLU has many other corporate and other partnership scholarships available to students. Please contact the Student Finance Office at 888.658.8632, ext. 5350 for more information.


NLU Donor-Funded Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of NLU alumni, friends and corporations, there are dozens of donor scholarships available to NLU students across all degree programs. These scholarships are merit-based and awarded to current NLU students who have completed at least one term at NLU.

Please Note: All National Louis Scholarships require U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Undocumented students who meet the criteria may apply to receive the NLU Eagle Dream Scholarship. International students who meet the criteria may apply to receive the NLU Alumni Scholarship and PTK Scholarship.

ISAC Scholarships

The State of Illinois administers several scholarship programs. Detailed information can be found on their College Zone website.

Programs include the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship, which encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary and secondary schools.

March 1: 2020-2021 MTI Scholarship Application Deadline

Students who plan to pursue a career in teaching should note that application is anticipated to become availalbe at the end of January 2020. For more information please visit MTI Scholarship Program. Students may access the application via the Applications page (which is located within the Students & ParentsDuring CollegeApplying for Financial Aid area, and may also be obtained via the "Applications" link that appears at the bottom of all pages on the ISAC website). Complete applications received after this date will be considered only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded. Encourage all minority students who meet the program's eligibility requirements to apply as soon as possible.

Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship

This program is an individual-based scholarship opportunity for practitioners working in Early Care and Education (ECE) or school-age care. Information and eligibility requirements can be found on the Gateways to Opportunity webpage.

ITBE-Illinois Teachers Bilingual Education

This is an organization committed to providing bi-lingual education within Illinois and offers scholarships of monetary value and of professional development. Information and eligibility requirements can be found on the ITBE Webpage.

Outside Scholarships

There are many scholarships for college available from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private foundations, corporations and more. These scholarships are not affiliated with National Louis University and have their own application and eligibility requirements.

Discover additional scholarship resources

Questions? Contact Us

We know that applying for scholarships can be confusing, so we are here to help. Contact the Office of Student Finance with any questions you have about applying for scholarships.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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