Believe me, I was pretty surprised myself. I knew I'd get some scholarship, but a full ride? Wow, I really just applied because they offered to waive my app fee. I got big $$$ from almost every school that offered to waive my app fee, except for Hofstra. Are you from IL? That might make a difference, too. NIU tuition is twice as expensive for out-of-state students, but you can still apply for residency after 6 months. So I'd still have to pay $8K for my first year. But the $300 monthly stipend would've helped, too. I don't know much about the school itself, except that it's in the middle of a cornfield.