Financial Aid Overview
At North Park University, our long-standing commitment to keeping college and continuing education affordable is part of who we are. We work hard to provide a tuition rate that reflects the cost of attending the University—without inflating prices in order to make our financial aid packages seem larger. However, we also understand that a necessary part of choosing a college or graduate school is figuring out how to pay the bill through a combination of personal contributions, scholarships, loans, grants, or other sources.
The financial aid process for all programs at North Park begins with your application for admission. During this process you’ll provide information about your academic background and achievements, talents, affiliations, and plans that help us identify what institutional aid, like scholarships and grants, we may be able to offer. If you are a United States citizen, you should also fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you plan on seeking aid or taking student loans. While it may seem like an overwhelming form, the FAFSA is the best way for North Park to get a comprehensive picture of you and your family’s financial situation in order to offer you the best financial aid package we can.
What is a financial aid package?
A financial aid package is a collection of different types of financial aid from multiple sources that will help you cover the cost of attending school. If you have applied and been accepted, you’ll be notified of the institutional aid we can offer as well as the amount of federal student loans you are eligible to take out to help cover the balance.
You’ll only receive a new financial aid package the first year you attend North Park. For your returning years, the same awards will stand, in the same amounts. (For example, if you qualify for an academic scholarship when you enroll the first time, you’ll continue to receive that scholarship at the same amount each year.) The only variations may be in the amounts of student loans you are eligible to take out.
Any financing that you plan to receive from private organizations or groups—such as outside scholarships, private loans, or employer reimbursement programs—won’t be included in your package from North Park. Talk with your recruiter about how these can be applied to your account.
Beyond the two steps of applying to your program and filling out a FAFSA, North Park’s financial aid options vary depending on the school or program you are applying to. Select your program from the list below to learn about the specific scholarships, grants, and loans, available to you, along with details on tuition, fees, billing, and other important financial information as you prepare for the next step in your education.
- Undergraduate Programs (traditional first-year, transfer, and international students)
- Undergraduate School of Adult Learning (bachelor’s degree-completion for adults)
- RN-to-BSN Degree-Completion Program
- Graduate School of Business and Nonprofit Management
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Graduate School of Education
- Graduate School of Music
- Graduate School of Nursing
- North Park Theological Seminary
The U.S. Department of Education also provides a range of general resources and information about student aid options for college. Learn more about topics like preparing financially for college, whether or not you qualify for financial aid, the FAFSA process, and managing student loans at www.studentaid.ed.gov.