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Trouble Logging In?

If you are experiencing trouble logging into a NetID-authenticated system, please review the following checklist.

Service Availability

Is the service currently available? Check the Status of University IT Services to determine if there is a scheduled or unplanned outage.

NetID Password

  1. Check that you are typing in your password correctly.
  2. Ensure that the caps lock key is not pressed.
  3. Make sure your browser is not auto-filling your password.
  4. Verify that your password is current. Go to NU Validate and enter your NetID and password. If you receive an error message, you'll need to reset your password. Go to NU Validate, enter your NetID, and click Forgot your password?

Cookies and Cache

Some services, such as the NU Online Passport, require your browser to use cookies. Other services, such as CAESAR, may require you to periodically clear your browser cache. Instructions for enabling cookies and clearing your saved cookies and cache are available at Managing Your Internet Browser.

Multi-Factor Authentication

Have your registered your phone (mobile, office, or home) with Multi-factor Authentication? Several University systems including,  NUFinancials, InfoEd, CATracks, Cognos BI, FASIS Self Service, and NUPlans use Multi-factor Authentication as part of the login process to provide an extra layer of protection to reduce the risk that sensitive information could be compromised should someone learn your password. Register your phone.


Many services, such as the NU Online Passport, use Javascript. Make sure your browser does not use any add-ons that restrict or disable Javascript.


Are you eligible to access the service? Several University systems and services, including software titles, have specific NetID eligibility requirements and may not be available for all users. Check with the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) to determine if your NetID is authorized for access.

Avoid "Forbidden" Error

Did you get a "Forbidden" error trying to access a NetID-authenticated service without even being prompted for your NetID and password? it could be due to one of these common issues and not your NetID:

Try quitting your browser and relaunching it to access the service. If that doesn't work try using a different browser.

Off Campus

Are you trying to access a service from an off-campus location? Some services, such Kronos, require you to either be on campus or use VPN when off campus. More information is available at Use VPN for a Secure Connection.

Security Certificates

Many secure sites at the University require security certificates to ensure secure data transmission. Most browsers should receive certificates automatically and experience no issues when accessing services. If you are experiencing a certificate error, instructions on fixing this issue are available in IT Knowledge Base.


Are you trying to access a service from an off-campus location that's behind a firewall? It's not uncommon for companies and businesses to restrict authenticated access to sites on the Internet from computers on their network. Check with your company's IT department if you are having access issues at your non-University workplace.

Security Form

Some services, such as NUFinancials, Cognos and SES, require you to have completed a security form before you are permitted access to the system. Verify with your department's business administrator that you have been granted appropriate access.

Last Updated: 20 December 2018

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