North Park University Parents of Current Students FAQ


Will we receive a copy of our student’s grades?

Parents do not receive a copy of student’s grades. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 protects the student’s records. If the student is financially dependent on the parents (claimed as a dependent on IRS) parents may, on request, examine all student records and documents. Requests should be directed to Student Administrative Services.

Are residence halls open during breaks and vacations?

The residence halls are open during the short breaks but are closed during the winter and spring break periods.

Are jobs available for students who choose to work?

Students who qualify will be awarded a work-study job as part of their financial aid package. Students who do not receive work study can check with the Human Resources Department about other student employment opportunities.

If my son or daughter experiences some difficulty with academic work, who should I contact?

Most students experience some adjustment to college academic work. At the first sign of difficulty, the student should speak with the instructor involved and then visit Student Enrichment Services and Support, which can assist with study skills and time management as well as connect the student with Group Tutoring opportunities.

What if my son or daughter is having trouble choosing a major?

Students should first contact their faculty advisor, Career Development and Internships and/or Student Enrichment Services and Support. Remember, for most students, the first year of college is exploratory. Taking a year to decide should not affect timely graduation.

If my son or daughter has some difficulty in the adjustments to college life and social involvement, whom should I contact?

There are several offices and people who are prepared to assist in this area, particularly the dean of students, director of counseling, resident directors, resident assistants, and the campus pastor.

When are tuition bills due and payable?

Tuition and room and board bills are due twice a year at the beginning of each semester (i.e., Fall and Spring). The student is billed in advance of the due date for an estimated amount based on the student’s pre-registration schedule as reported by the registrar, the room and board contract as reported by Residence Life, and the estimated aid as reported by the Financial Aid Office. Payment for those charges is due by the payment due date.

Semester Payment Due Dates

  • Fall 2014 semester: August 15, 2014
  • Spring 2015 semester all students: January 5, 2015

After the second week of each semester, any unpaid balance will be subject to a finance charge of 1.5 percent per month.

Do you have another question? Please email Student Engagement and we would be glad to find the answer for you.