Finish in Four
We understand that paying for college is a substantial investment. We also know that the less debt students incur while enrolled, the greater opportunity they will have for success in their chosen field after graduation.
We're committed to helping students navigate the financial realities of higher education - offering generous Financial Aid packages, financial literacy training & financial counseling, monthly payment plans, block-pricing, and 124 credit programs structured to help students graduate on time and with less debt.
124 Credit Programs
We recently lowered the number of credits required for Academic Programs, wherever possible, to 124, thereby allowing students to more quickly accumulate the credits they need for graduation.
In addition to the reduction in the number of courses required for graduation, North Central also offers a "block" (also known as “flat-rate”) tuition plan. Block tuition allows students to take 12-18 hours of credits each semester (fall and spring) for the same price, and helps families shorten the time it takes students to earn a degree, plan better financially, save money each year, and reduce debt upon graduation.
In addition to helping students tap in to millions of dollars in financial aid each year, North Central regularly evaluates and adapts our financial aid awarding process. Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for a student to understand what financial aid they will be eligible to receive, allowing them to evaluate what their personal cost of attendance will be early in the enrollment process. Most students’ net cost of attending North Central is far lower than the total published cost, since most students qualify for scholarships, grants, and/or other types of aid.
The first step to learning what your financial aid options are is to use the Net Price Calculator. By providing some basic information about your academic standing and financial situation, you'll be able to instantly see what scholarships you qualify for and what your estimated annual cost of attendance would be. Remember, depending on your situation, you may also qualify for additional aid beyond what is included in the initial estimate. These additional options will be able to be explored as you move further along in the admissions process.
Check out other financial aid opportunities NCU offers to see if you qualify:
- Academic Scholarships
- Senior/Teen Bible Quiz Scholarship
- Regent's Scholarship
- Church Match Scholarship
- Donor Scholarships
- Mathematics Major Scholarship
- Music Scholarship
- Theatre Scholarship
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- Minnesota State Grant
The RAM Plan
If your financial aid package doesn't cover your costs (most students have a balance remaining to be paid after aid), you don't have to pay it all at once. North Central offers a payment option, "The Ram Plan". The Ram Plan will allow students to pay their remaining balance with an interest free monthly plan, spread over up to seven months in the fall semester and five months in the spring semester.
Financial Literacy and Financial Counseling
North Central's SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) student organization has partnered with various departments and organizations including the Student Accounts Office, to respond to the growing need from our students for financial education. Almost 200 students have signed up for Financial Boot Camp, a four day intensive workshop that addresses key areas of personal financial management, including: budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. In addition, many of these students will continue on with North Central staff and faculty-led Financial Accountability in Leadership Clubs, where they will receive monthly education on giving to the Kingdom, building personal wealth, and overall support in meeting their personal financial objectives.
Need more information?
We're available to answer your questions and to help you "Finish in Four". Please take a minute and connect with one of our Admissions counselors today!