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Cardinals Tuition Information

In 2021, tuition for full-time students at North Central College was $42,026 a year.

Tuition increased 2.5 percent in 2021, from $41,000 the prior year. On average, college tuition rises about 3 percent a year.

If these numbers feel scary, remember, the "sticker price" of tuition doesn't give you enough information to determine the actual cost. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts kick in. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay for college more manageable.

Does Cardinals Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

North Central College is a private, religious institution, so it has the same tuition for residents of Illinois as it does for residents from other states.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state can cut the cost of college tuition. Every state has their own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school.

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Cardinals International Student Tuition

Cardinals has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may be eligible for school-specific aid and scholarships.

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships.

Cardinals Living Expenses and Other Costs

In addition to tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies.

Room and Board at Cardinals

Room and board at Cardinals is $13,680 a year. This includes the cost of living in dorms or other campus housing, plus a meal plan that allows you to eat in the school dining facilities.

Board costs may vary depending on how many meals are included in the meal plan you choose.

Cost of Books at Cardinals

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. At Cardinals, you can expect to pay about $1,200 a year for books and supplies. This does not count the initial cost of a computer or other technology. The actual cost of books depends on the courses you take and the materials required.

Yearly Fees

Most schools also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Full-time undergrads at Cardinals pay $180 in fees each academic year.

There may also be optional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or playing on an intramural sports team, may mean additional fees.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college can really vary. It depends on if you drive or fly to get to school, own a car, or if you prefer to walk or take public transportation to get around campus.

A school's location can impact transportation costs. The North Central College campus is in a suburban setting in Illinois, not far from Chicago. First-year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

For Cardinals students, $522 is good ballpark for transportation costs for on-campus students.

Other College Costs

When creating a budget for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.

Let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, which can add up for both on-campus and off-campus students.

How much does Cardinals cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $42,026
Room and Board $13,680
Books and Supplies $1,200
Yearly Fees $180
Transportation $522
Other expenses $1,200
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $58,286
Off-Campus $48,198

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

Cardinals’s tuition and fees change based on: Course load for part-time students

North Central College Financial Aid

The majority of Cardinals undergrads use financial aid to to cover the cost of tuition. In 2021, 1,783 of the 2,475 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Cardinals meets 80.1 percent of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $31,781 a year. Around 72 percent of Cardinals undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Cardinals graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $34,534 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $24,721
State Loans $0
Cardinals-Specific Loans $9,342
Private Loans $31,599
Most Common Loans for Cardinals Students
Federal Loans 70%
Institutional Loans 17%
Private loans 17%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Cardinals financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at Cardinals

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, Cardinals awarded 1,783 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $45,585,966 to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $16,805,756 in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

North Central College Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Cardinals students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Cardinals was $31,781 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Cardinals seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $26,505
Off-Campus $16,417

What will attending Cardinals really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Cardinals's net cost calculator on their website.

Cardinals Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Cardinals does not have guaranteed tuition.

The school offers a Prepaid Tuition Plan, which is a type of college savings plan that enables people to purchase future credits for their children at today's rate. It is best for people who are sure they or their child will attend a public school in their state.

Cardinals offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Cardinals Tuition Waivers

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups to cover some or all of the cost of tuition. Some schools offer them for employees and their family, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student

Cardinals has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

Cardinals Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$57,086

In State

$57,086

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$42,026
$42,026
Fees
$180
$180
Housing
$13,680
$13,680
Books
$1,200
$1,200

Cardinals Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

75%

Average Financial Aid Package

$30,885

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

2,832

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

53%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$42,206

Out-of-State

$42,206

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Apr 15
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