Payment Plan

Short-Term Payment Plans

The Student Services Center will set up a plan with you for paying tuition over 1, 2, or 3 payments throughout each quarter. Students are expected to access their accounts via the student portal to check their balance. A long-term monthly payment agreement can be arranged for Partnership and Cohort programs.

Unless a Payment Agreement has been signed by the Student Services Center, the total amount is due at the date of official registration. Interest on any account balance over 30 days accrues at 1% per month (12% annually). Late charges will apply for missed payments. Students are expected to keep on file any receipts of cash payments made.

Payments may be made in the form of checks, cash, Visa, Master Card or Discover but it is preferred that the student set up automatic payments with the Student Services Center. An automatic payment is one in which the student supplies their account information when the payment agreement is set up. Payments are then automatically deducted from their checking account or credit card. A $15 administration fee is charged for non-automatic payments. Students are expected to keep their account balances current and any balance due must be pain in full before registration for the next term. Grades, transcripts, and diplomas cannot be released to students with unpain account balances.

Any questions regarding payment plans or your account may be directed to Josiah Black in the Student Services Center at 630-620-2111 or .


Long-Term Payment Plans

For Cohort or Partnership-Based programs, all students participate in a payment plan specifically designed for their degree. Each plan consists of a monthly payment which is paid for a set number of months (usually 24 or 48).

Any student who misses two consecutive payments in his or her long-term payment agreement may not enroll in another course until the balance of his or her account has been paid in full.  The student also loses the privilege of participating in a long-term payment agreement.

After the student’s account is in balance, he or she may once again enroll in courses at Northern.  However, tuition will be at the current rate for the program or cohort in which he or she is enrolled.

Students will then be billed for each course as they take it and will need to pay for the course in full before they can register for another course.  A short-term payment plan (no more than 3 payments) may also be set up with the Student Services Center.

The monthly amount includes all tuition and fees. For many partnership programs, it also includes program fees related to the partner's program (such as retreat fees for the Transforming Center). It does not include books, housing, or Personal Assessment fees. Students must purchase all books and arrange for housing for each course in the program unless otherwise noted. Each  Doctoral program requires the student to complete a Personal and Career Assessment with Midwest Development Network. The fee for the assessment is $735, paid directly to the Midwest Ministry Development Service in Westchester, IL when they administer the assessment.

Staff Profile

Marilyn Mast Hewitt

Marilyn Mast Hewitt


  • 630.620.2196
  • Lombard Campus Office 163

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