Billing Policies

Questions regarding our student accounts policy or specific accounts should be directed to Student Administrative Services at (773) 244-5560. 

Explanation of Charges


A full-time, traditional undergraduate student is defined, for billing purposes, as a student taking 12 or more credit hours per semester. Typically, a full-time, traditional undergraduate student will average about 15 credit hours per semester. Please note that eligibility for full-time benefits for certain types of federal financial aid require that a student take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. The Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant requires that a student take 15 or more credit hours to receive the maximum grant. 

A fixed amount of tuition is charged to full-time students taking 12 to 17 credit hours. Part-time students (those taking 1-11 credit hours) are charged by the credit hour. There is an overload charge per credit hour for each hour in excess of 17 credits per semester. Students in nontraditional or graduate programs are charged based upon the tuition/fee schedules established for those programs.

Room Charges

Students living in University-operated housing (residence halls or apartments) are considered resident students. Resident students are billed for each semester for housing and must abide by the contract obligations. The contract is effective for the first, second, and third years (or for the remainder thereof). It is binding for that period and is not transferable. The academic year is defined as commencing with the Fall semester and terminating at the conclusion of the Spring semester. There is an additional charge each semester for students living in single rooms without roommates.

Students must also abide by the University's campus housing requirement

Meal Plans

All resident students living in University residence halls are required to purchase one of three available University meal plans (10, 15, or 20 meals per week). Resident students living in University apartments may also purchase a meal plan, but are not required to do so. 

Financial Aid

Bills show financial aid awards as "pending." These awards are communicated separately to students via a financial aid package from the Financial Aid Office. In many cases, there are specific actions required by a student to qualify for and receive financial aid. Most financial aid will be credited to the student's account at the end of the fourth week of the term.

Students will be notified by the Financial Aid Office if it needs additional documentation from the student.

Students should recognize that changing one's status (i.e. from resident to commuter) or changing credit hours (i.e. dropping below a certain credit-hour threshold) will result in a reduction of financial aid. It is important to verify aid requirements with the Financial Aid Office.

Work study is not shown as anticipated aid, nor is it credited to a student's account. Students are paid for hours worked and may apply their funds to their bills as payments.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about aid eligibility.

Student Account Policies

Students must make arrangements for financing this year's charges prior to the payment due date.


Charges will be billed in advance of each semester based on the student's registration schedule according to the registrar, housing, and Financial Aid Office. Payment for those charges is due by the published payment due date.

The following are the payment due dates for the 2014–2015 academic year:

Semester             Payment Due Dates
Fall   AUGUST 15, 2014
Spring  JANUARY 5, 2015

Changes to registration that occur during the registration period may affect a student's charges. Adjusted billing statements reflecting those changes will be issued after the second week of the term. Amounts due then are to paid immediately. Unpaid balances are subject to late fees and finance charges of 1.5 percent of the unpaid balance per month.

Payment Plan

Enrolling in a North Park payment plan will allow you to pay your bill via monthly payments throughout the semester. It is available to students in all of our academic programs. A student services specialist will work with you to ensure that your payment plan is accurate throughout the term. There is a $30/semester fee to enroll in our plan, and it is interest free throughout the semester. Your first payment can be made as early as August 1 for the fall semester. Complete the Payment Plan Agreement Form to enroll in this convenient payment plan.

Payment Methods

Payments can be made by check, money order, cash, and e-check. Credit/Debit card payments are accepted through Official Payments and will include a 2.5% service fee paid to Official Payments. Cards accepted are MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Payments can be made online through Web Advisor, by phone with Student Administrative Services at (773) 244-5560, by mail to 3225 W. Foster Ave., Box 9, Chicago, IL, 60625, or in person at Student Administrative Services, located on the first floor of the Student Services Building.

Financial Clearance for Registration

Returning students must receive clearance in order to register for classes. Resident students need clearance in order to confirm campus housing.

To receive clearance, the following student account statuses must be achieved:

  • Outstanding balances from prior semesters must be paid in full
  • Charges for the current semester must be paid by the payment due date or satisfactory payment arrangements must be made with Student Administrative Services
  • International students, undergraduate and graduate, studying at North Park University on either an F1 or J1 visa must have their student account balance paid in full by the end of the second week of the academic semester, or they will have their classes removed and will no longer be registered at North Park University
  • Undergraduate students who have not enrolled in payment plan or paid in full by the end of the fourth week of the academic semester may have their student registration removed and will no longer be a registered North Park University student, resulting in the suspension of campus privileges including housing, Helwig Recreation Center, and student activities

Students will outstanding balances will not be allowed to register for a new semester until all amounts from previous semesters are paid. A student with an outstanding balance will not receive transcripts until all past due amounts are paid. Students are not permitted to graduate with an outstanding balance.

Delinquent Accounts

Student accounts which become delinquent will be submitted to a licensed collection agency. As a part of normal procedures, collection agencies may report to National Credit Bureaus.  In addition, the collection costs charged by the agency may be assessed back to the delinquent student's account.

Refund Policy

Please see our billing policies for withdrawn students for information on refunds.

Student Health Insurance

North Park University requires all undergraduate students who are registered full time (12 credit hours or more) and all Seminary students who are registered for six credit hours to be covered under a health insurance policy. These students will automatically be billed the University's individual health insurance fee.

Students covered by another carrier through a parent, guardian, or any other policy must complete the student health insurance election found on the health insurance web page. Once the waiver is submitted, insurance charges will be removed from your statement of accounts. Your fee will not be removed until this waiver has been completed online.


A refundable housing and board deposit is required of all resident students. Damage assessments, if any, are taken from this deposit.  Occasionally, there may be other losses due to residential living (i.e. excessive food waste or shrinkage of dining hall supplies). In these cases, an assessment may be charged to the deposit.  The damage deposit does not appear as a credit on the bill.

Miscellaneous Charges

Special fees are charged for specific purposes.  Some of the more frequently assessed fees are described below:

  • Course Add Fee: assessed for adding a course after the registration period, including courses added as a part of late registration
  • Lab/Course Fees: certain courses, because of the need for special equipment and/or supplies (especially lab courses) or because of other special requirements, have special fee charges which are assessed when a student enrolls in one of those courses
  • Resident Activities Fee: this is a fee used to support student activities in campus housing and is billed each semester
  • Parking Stickers: stickers are required for access to North Park parking lots
  • Finance Charge: a finance charge of 1.5% per month is assessed on unpaid balances
  • Overload Fee: undergraduate students who register for more than 17 credit hours per semester are charged an additional fee for each credit hour over 17 hours
  • Late Fee: a late payment fee will be assessed if payment is not made by the stated due date

Important Dates to Remember

August 15, 2014 Fall semester bills due
August 25 First day of fall semester
September 13 Deadline to submit the online insurance waiver
October 17–19 Fall Break
December 15, 2014 to January 11, 2015 Winter Break
January 5, 2015 Spring semester bills due
January 12 First day of spring semester
January 31 Deadline to submit the online insurance waiver (spring starts only)
March 7–15 Spring Break
May 9 Spring Commencement

Billing Policies at North Park University