Every student and family is unique, and financial aid packages are customized to each applicant. However, here are a few general guidelines and important dates that all students and families should be aware of in order to have a smooth financial aid and payment experience at North Park. We’ve laid them out in a calendar similar to the academic year—from August through July.
Each of the items on our timeline below link to more information on how you can accomplish these tasks. But please don’t hesitate to call your admissions recruiter or Financial Aid Office if you have more questions or about your specific situation.
Fall semester begins at North Park. If you have not already done so, finalize your arrangements to pay your fall semester bill by the current year’s payment due date.
You will experience many of the out-of-pocket costs associated with college during your first few weeks: books and class supplies, a computer, moving expenses. It doesn’t hurt to start thinking about—and planning for—these things early.
Submit your FAFSA as early in October as you can. It will be available after October 1 for the next academic year. Learn more about the FAFSA including how and why completing this free online application is important.
Early fall is also a great time to find extra money for college. Start your outside scholarship search now using one of many reputable websites or organizations.
Are you an Illinois resident? It is particularly important that you submit your FAFSA by November 1 in order to be considered for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant.
Financial aid packages will be sent to students who have applied, been accepted, and completed a FAFSA (or let us know they will not be filing one). When you receive your award letter, review your package and contact your admission counselor with any questions.
How much will North Park University cost next year? What scholarships or grants might you be eligible for? Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate both your cost and financial aid, based on basic tax information and your GPA and test scores.
If your financial aid application is selected for verification, don’t panic. Just provide the additional documents that are requested, such as linking your taxes to your FAFSA, W‐2 and 1099 forms. The federal government selects approximately 30% of the FAFSAs for verification.
If you have not already done so, make your tuition deposit to let North Park know you’ll be attending the University next year. It is refundable until May 1, and will appear as a credit on your first-semester bill after you enroll.
Do you have everything in order? Make sure you’re checking your North Park email to see if the Financial Aid Office needs any additional information from you or if you have been selected for FAFSA verification.
Pay your fall semester bill when it arrives, or contact the Financial Aid Office for information on payment options. Make sure you have completed all necessary documents for any student loans so they can be appropriately credited to your account.