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Financial Aid & Costs for North Central College

The value of a North Central education

A degree from North Central College is an investment with lifelong returns. It’s a commitment to your career, a decision to study the world around you and an opportunity to make friends for life. North Central partners with you and your family to maximize affordability through a number of financial assistance options. Of new students, over 95% receive a form of financial assistance. From need-based aid to merit-based scholarships, our financial aid team will work with you to customize an aid package central to the needs of you and your family. If you have drive and curiosity, a North Central degree is within your reach. We’re dedicated to making sure cost is never a barrier to a comprehensive liberal arts education.

Types of aid

From grants and scholarships (aid you don’t pay back) to educational loans (aid you do pay back), North Central provides a variety of options to help make your education as affordable as possible.  

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We offer numerous merit-based scholarships, with some undergraduate scholarships paying for the majority of your education.

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Federal, state and North Central grants are need-based and don’t have to be paid back.

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Grants and scholarships account for most of the assistance awarded to our students, but loans can also play a key role in making college affordable.

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International students qualify for aid, too. Learn about the financial aid options available to non-U.S. citizens.

Campus employment opportunities

Tour guide, radio host, teaching assistant and more: A campus job is a great way to help pay for college and gain valuable professional experience at the same time. Federal work-study is also available for qualifying students.

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Financial Aid

Tuition and fees

The financial aid team can customize a package for you that helps offset the out-of-pocket costs (tuition, fees and other expenses) associated with paying for a college degree. One of the largest sources of aid comes from North Central scholarships and grants. It’s an investment the College makes in you. Almost 60% of aid that students receive comes from North Central.

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Undergraduate costs.

Estimate your expenses (minus scholarships and grants) using the Net Price Calculator. Note: This tool is intended for first-time undergraduate domestic students only. It is not meant for transfer or international students. Review the official tuition and fees page for undergraduate degree programs.

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Graduate costs.

Tuition varies depending on which graduate program you choose. Review the tuition and fees for graduate programs.

How a North Central education is funded

in percent

key Institutional scholarships & grants - 49%
key Other family resources - 23%
key Student loans - 20%
key Federal, state scholarships & grants - 7%
key Outside scholarships - 1%

Source: Freshmen Class of 2021 data as of October 2017

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Applying for Financial Aid

North Central scholarships

When you submit your application to the College, you’re automatically considered for academic scholarships. However, there are other types of scholarships that require a separate application.

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Freshman Scholarships

North Central freshman scholarships range from $1,000 to $22,000 per year. 

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Transfer Scholarships

Transfer students have the same opportunities for scholarships as all North Central undergraduates.

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Graduate Scholarships

Graduate assistantships provide professional experience and compensation. We also offer an Alumni Scholarship program. Learn more.

Federal Financial Aid

Apply for financial assistance

When you are admitted as a degree-seeking North Central student, you can apply for financial aid. The process requires just a few steps and a little bit of time. To be considered, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once submitted, your eligibility will be determined for financial aid, including grants, loans and federal work-study.

Application Deadlines

  • October 1, 2017: We recommend you submit your FAFSA as soon as the form is available to ensure you meet all deadlines.
  • April 1, 2018: Financial aid files completed by this date receive primary consideration for the upcoming school year.
  • After April 1, 2018: Files completed after this date may be subject to reduced funding.
  • June 1, 2018: Files completed after this date will be classified as late and will be considered for reduced funding.

If you’re ready to file for financial aid, follow the links below to get started. Our FAFSA code is 001734.

Applying for Aid
Financial Aid Forms

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Financial Aid Resources

Here are a few helpful resources as you plan your investment in your future at North Central College:

College Scorecard (from the U.S. Department of Education)

Financial Aid Calculators

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


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Our financial aid counselors are here for you.