Financial Aid Office

North Central College administers federal, state, and private sources of financial aid. Graduate students are not eligible for all types of financial aid, but there are some resources available to you to help you fund your education.  Graduate students may complete the FAFSA for federal direct loan opportunities. Federal educational loans may have advantages over consumer loans, including lower interest rates and more favorable repayment terms.  In additional to an unsubsidized federal direct loan, some Graduate students apply for the Graduate PLUS.

Email the Office of Financial Aid or call 630-637-5600 with any questions.


All students seeking financial aid must meet general eligibility requirements, including:

  • Proof of citizenship, U.S. or eligible non-citizen
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Satisfactory academic progress
  • Degree-seeking, not a student-at-large
  • Enrolled at least half time

Cost of Attendance

Below are the costs for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please note that for all programs besides Occupational Therapy, 3 credit hours/term is considered half-time for graduate students and 6 credit hours/term is considered full-time for graduate students.  Occupational Therapy is a full-time program with credit hours varying per term.

2018-2019 Academic Year Programs Tuition Cost
Master of Business Administration $854 per hour/ $2562 per 3-hour course
Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership $766 per hour/ $2,298 per 3-hour course
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies $789 per hour/ $2367 per 3-hour course
Master of Leadership Studies $789 per hour/ $2367 per 3-hour course
Master of Arts in Education $598 per hour/ $1794 per 3-hour course
Master of Occupational Therapy $766 per hour/ see below
Master of Financial Management $854 per hour/ $2562 per 3-hour course
Master of Human Resource Management $854 per hour/ $2562 per 3-hour course
Senior Scholars (over age 60) $258 per hour/ $774 per 3-hour course
Graduate Thesis Continuation Fee $450

Master of Occupational Therapy Estimated Tuition

The Master of Occupational Therapy tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year will be $766 per credit hour.

2018-19 Year: Occupational Therapy Cost
Fall (12 hours) $9,192
Spring (15 hours) $11,490
Summer (10 hours) $7,660
Total: $28,342

Alumni Admission Graduate Student Scholarship Program

The Alumni Admission Graduate scholarship is available to new graduate students who are recommended by an alumnus/alumna of a North Central graduate program. Full-time students are awarded $1000 annually and part-time students are awarded $500 annually.

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Graduate Assistantships

Each year, North Central College offers a variety of Graduate Assistant (GA) positions.  Positions vary from student affairs to marketing to coaching. The GA program is designed to provide professional experiences that complement your studies and enhance your career opportunities.

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Education Alliance Grant

North Central College has partnerships with local businesses and school districts to offer the Education Alliance Grant. Eligible employees with an earned bachelor's degree will receive a 20% tuition discount on any graduate program offered by North Central College.

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Tuition Payments

Although the financial aid will help eligible students with a portion of the costs, you may have a remaining balance not covered by financial aid. Some options for covering the remaining balance include a payment plan or private student loans.  Contact the Financial Aid Office at 630-637-5600 with questions about loans, or contact Student Accounts with any questions about your bill at 630-637-5689.

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