100% of our students receive financial aid.
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North Central strives to be one of the most affordable Christian colleges.
We’ll be honest with you—a college education costs money. But North Central is an investment in your future that’s significantly a more affordable Christian university than most other private universities. And earning your college degree is one of the best investments of time and resources you’ll ever make.
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Cutting the Price Tag
Families just like mine? Really?
Really. North Central has students from all economic backgrounds. Take a look at our students’ family incomes:
- $23,540 for tuition
- $4,130 for housing (residence hall rates vary)
- $3,270 for meal plan (varies with meal plan choice)
- $700 for fees (student services & activities)
That’s the sticker price. It’s big and daunting, but for most families at North Central, it’s not the number they’ll actually be working with.
First, we subtract scholarships—up to $12,000 (based on merit).
Next, we subtract grants—up to $10,745.
Finally, we subtract student loans, up to $7,500.
What we’re left with is the actual cost, often significantly less than the original sticker price. It is the amount left over after scholarships, grants, and student loans have been accounted for.
While the actual cost of North Central is different for each family, based on merit, need levels, and other eligibility criteria, the average financial aid package for incoming students last year was $13,000.
On average, 98% of new NCU students receive scholarships and/or grants—gift money that doesn’t need to be repaid.
Use our Net Price Calculator to estimate your total personal cost of attending North Central.
Not even close.
You may have heard the shocking stories of six-figure college debt…
But of the students at NCU who borrow, average student loan debt is $29,403—a far cry from the amounts we often hear cited.
In fact, 15% of NCU students graduate with NO debt at all! And, of students who take out loans, 14.7% graduate with less than $15,000 in debt.
At North Central you’ll have access to programs and tools that will help you maximize the power of your hard earned dollars:
- Scholarships, grants, and loans can help you pay for your education and keep your debt manageable after you graduate.
- Finish in Four. Most of the more than 120 academic programs North Central offers are structured to require just 124 credits, permitting students to quickly and efficiently accumulate the credits they need to graduate on time with less debt.
- Block Tuition. Also known as a “flat-rate” plan, North Central’s Block Tuition program lets students take 12-18 credit hours each semester (fall and spring) for the same price. Consequently, families can reduce the amount of time it takes students to complete their degrees, budget more efficiently, save money each year, and minimize debt upon graduation.
- Financial Boot Camp. Students can sign up for this four-day intensive workshop that addresses key areas of personal financial management like budgeting, saving, and reducing debt. In addition, many of these students continue on with North Central staff-and-faculty-led “Financial Accountability in Leadership Clubs,” where attendees receive monthly instruction on giving to the Kingdom, building personal wealth, and overall support in setting and meeting their personal financial objectives.
NCU grads are successful.
- NCU students develop a great work ethic, starting with 1,800+ on-campus job opportunities.
- 100% of NCU students have participated in an internship, work opportunity, or student teaching experience by the time they graduate—great preparation for after they leave.
- The Twin Cities are home to 18 Fortune 500 companies, giving students great opportunities to get an internship, find a job, and build a career.
As a result, NCU grads are able to pay back their loans.
The fact is, thousands of young people have graduated from North Central with a minimum of debt, employing their highly relevant degrees to start businesses, charter orphanages, raise millions of dollars for humanitarian causes, lead political movements, practice law, and preach to multitudes.