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Resources for Families



The below sections includes important information for you and your student. You’ll find quick links to NIU resources and other important information. Our hope is this information is useful to you as you support your student at NIU.

  • General FAQ
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  • Shared Access
    Shared access allows your student to grant up to two individual access to view student information. The student can grant access to information such as Academics, Admissions, Financials, Financial Aid, and the To Do List.

  • NIU Alerts
    NIU students have the ability to register up to two additional contacts to receive emergency alerts. These contacts can be parents, spouses, family members or anyone else. In the event of a situation that presents an imminent and verified danger to the campus community, notifications will be sent to the parents, spouses and others AFTER a message has been sent to all students and employees. The primary purpose of this service is to notify the people on campus as quickly as possible when an emergency occurs. Learn how to subscribe.
  • Recommended Readings

    Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money
    by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller

    Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College
    by Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D.

    The iConnected Parent (Staying Close to your Kids in College (and Beyond) While letting them Grow up
    Barbara K. Hofer, Ph.D., and Abigail Sullivan Moore

    Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years

    by Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger, pub. Quill
    Based on real-life experiences, Letting Go offers compassionate, practical, and up-to-the-minute information to help parents with the emotional and social changes of the college years.
    Parents’ Guide to College Life: 181 Straight Answers on Everything You Can Expect Over the Next Four Years
    by Robin Baskin

    You're On Your Own (but I'm here if you need me)
    by Marjorie Savage, pub. Simon & Schuster
    You're On Your Own helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence. Savage, a parent herself, empathizes with moms and dads and offers advice on wide-ranging issues.

Orientation & Family Connections 
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Northern Illinois University 
DeKalb, IL 60115-2898 

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