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New User Access

All Systems

A first-time, new user to financial systems within Northwestern University must obtain and activate a University NetID. Your NetID is your electronic identity at Northwestern and is provided to active members of the University community. You must activate your NetID before you can use it. You will be notified when your NetID has been created and you can begin the activation process. Faculty and staff receive information about NetID activation from Human Resources or their department NetID coordinator.

Note: A seven-digit employee ID (EmplID) issued by Human Resources is required for FFRA access. For more information, please consult Northwestern Information Technology NetID Overview.

Administrative Systems

For access to administrative systems including NUFinancials, InfoEd, Cognos Business Intelligence, iBuyNU and Facilities Connect, first time, new users should complete the process at Financial Facilities and Research Administration. Visit Northwestern IT's "Getting Started" page for more information

All Security Access forms should be submitted to FOIT Security.

  • Email (preferred): 
  • Fax: 847.467.3070
  • Campus Mail: Security, Financial Operations IT, 619 Clark, Rm 210 – Evanston Campus

Upon email notice of approval by FOIT Security, proceed to the NU Portal.

College and University Financial Systems (CUFS) – Legacy System

To view CUFS archives and historical data including budget statements, financial reports, detail ledger transactions, and postings before December 2008, Cognos Business Intelligence access is required. Please contact FOIT Security for more information.