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Policies

Please familiarize yourself with North Park University’s billing and payment policies. Failure to make proper payment arrangements for a student account could result in a hold on the account, which may prevent a student from enrolling in classes or utilizing the resources of the University. Questions regarding these student account policies or specific accounts should be directed to Student Administrative Services at (773) 244-5560.

Explanation of Charges

Tuition

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

A full-time, traditional undergraduate student is defined, for billing purposes, as a student taking 12 or more credit hours per semester. 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. Typically, a full-time, traditional undergraduate student will average about 15 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.

Review our current undergraduate tuition rates.

Degree-Completion Undergraduate or Graduate Programs

Students in nontraditional undergraduate (School of Adult Learning, RN-to-BSN degree completion) or graduate programs are charged based upon the tuition/fee schedules established for those programs. Most courses are billed on a per-credit-hour basis. Learn more.

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Housing Charges

Traditional undergraduate students must abide by the University's campus housing requirement.

Students living in University-operated housing (residence halls or apartments) are considered resident students. Resident students are billed each semester for housing and are held to the housing contract obligations. The contract is effective for the first, second, and third years of attending North Park University (or for the remainder thereof). It is binding for that period and is not transferable. The academic year is defined as beginning with the fall semester and ending at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Students who live in summer housing at North Park University will incur additional charges.

There is an additional charge each semester for students living in single rooms without roommates.

Review current housing charges for undergraduate students.

North Park Theological Seminary students who live in University-owned housing must abide by the Seminary Housing Guidelines and will be billed rent for their apartments on a monthly basis.

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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. Students in campus-owned housing other than residence halls are give a two-meal-per-week dining benefit as part of their housing contract, covering the cost of two meals in the dining hall each week of the semester. Learn more about current meal-plan pricing and options.

Student Health Insurance

North Park University requires all domestic 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 unless they provide proof of other insurance coverage by the date specified each year (typically in early September or January for students enrolling in the spring semester only).

Students covered by another carrier through a parent, guardian, or any other policy must complete the student health insurance election form on the health insurance web page by the specified date each year. 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.

Students may also opt to purchase a University insurance plan that will provide coverage for their spouse and/or children. Details on these current costs and the form to elect this coverage are available online.

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Miscellaneous Charges

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

  • Course Add Fee: Adding a course after the registration period, including courses added as a part of late registration
  • Lab/Course Fees: Special fees for certain courses that require special University-owned equipment and/or supplies (especially lab courses), or because of other special course requirements
  • Resident Activities Fee: A fee used to support student activities for resident students, billed each semester
  • Parking Stickers: Permits are required to use North Park University parking lots, and payment for parking stickers is made at the time of purchase
  • Overload Fee: An additional per-credit-hour fee charged to undergraduate students who register for more than 17 credit hours per semester
  • Finance Charge: A finance charge of 1.5% per month assessed on unpaid account balances
  • Late Fee: A late payment fee will be assessed if payment is not made by the stated due date each semester

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Deposits

A refundable deposit for housing and board is required of all resident students. Damage assessments, if any, are taken from this deposit when students move out of campus-owned housing. Occasionally, there may be other losses due to residential living (e.g. excessive food waste or shrinkage of dining hall supplies). In these cases, an assessment may be charged to all student housing and board deposits. This damage deposit does not appear as a credit on your bill while you are a student. The remainder of your deposit (less any damage assessments) will be returned to you when you graduate or leave the University and have paid your account in full.

Financial Aid on Your Bill

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 additional documentation is needed.

Changing student status 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. Before making changes, you must verify aid requirements with the Financial Aid Office.

Undergraduate students may be awarded federal work-study as part of their financial aid package. Work-study is not shown as anticipated aid on your bill, 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.

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Student Account Policies

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

Billing

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:

  • Fall semester: August 15, 2014
  • Spring semester: January 15, 2015

Changes to registration that occur during the registration period at the beginning of the term 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 be paid immediately. Unpaid balances are subject to late fees and finance charges of 1.5% of the unpaid balance per month. Payment Payment to North Park University is completed through the Student Administrative Services office. Payment must be made in U.S. funds. The University offers several payment options, including a monthly payment plan and online payments methods. Learn more about each of these, including associated fees.

Financial Clearance for Registration

All returning students must receive student accounts clearance in order to register for classes. Resident students also need clearance in order to confirm campus housing. To receive clearance, the following conditions must be met:

  • 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 a 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. This will also result in the suspension of campus privileges including housing, Helwig Recreation Center, and student activities.

Students with 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.

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Delinquent Accounts

Student accounts which become delinquent may 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 account.

Refund Policy

Students who withdraw from classes may be eligible for a full or partial refund on tuition and fees, depending on how many weeks of the semester have passed. Please see our billing policies for withdrawn students for information on refunds.

Billing Policies