Short-Term Payment Plans
The Business Office will work with you to set up a plan 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 our partnership based and cohort programs.
Unless a Payment Agreement has been signed with the Business Office, 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 apply for missed payments. Students are expected to keep on file any receipts of cash payments made.
The Business Office accepts payments in the form of checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. The Business Office prefers automatic payments to be set up for each student with a payment agreement. An automatic payment is one in which the student supplies their account information to the Business Office on the day of the original payment agreement and the payments are then automatically deducted from their checking account or credit card for the 3 payments. A $15 administration fee is charged to any student who does not set up automatic payments. Students are expected to keep their account balances current. Any balance due must be paid in full before registration for the next term. Grades, transcripts and diplomas cannot be released to students with unpaid account balances.
Any questions regarding your account statement may be directed to Josiah Black, Student Services at 630-620-2111 or
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 Business Office.
The monthly amount includes all tuition and fees. For many partnership programs, it also includes program fees related to the partner's program (i.e 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 which is paid directly to Midwest.