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Financial Aid: First Year Students

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.

Apply for Financial Assistance

When you are admitted as a degree-seeking North Central student, you can also 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 (starts a year in advance of enrollment)

  • October 1: We recommend you submit your FAFSA as soon as the form is available to ensure you meet all deadlines.
  • April 1: Financial aid files completed by this date receive primary consideration for the upcoming school year..
  • June 1: 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.

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Type of Aid

From grants and scholarships to educational loans, North Central provides a variety of options to help make your education as affordable as possible. 


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


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.

Tuition & 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.

Net Price Calculator

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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We are here for YOU!

Financial Aid Resources

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


Contact Us!

We understand this process can feel overwhelming- we are here to help. New students will be hearing from their admission counselor, however, we encourage all students to contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

The Office of Financial Aid is located on the 3rd floor of Old Main and open between 8:00am-4:30pm when the College is open. You can also contact the Financial Aid team at 630-637-5600 or finaid@noctrl.edu.