Tuition & Fees

Students are classified as either full time or part time. A full-time student has a course load total of 12 or more credits in each of the fall and winter sessions; a part-time student has a course load total of fewer than 12 credits in each of the fall and winter sessions.

Students who enroll in more than 17 credits in fall or winter sessions or more than five credits in spring session will be charged an overload fee.

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Mandatory Student Fees 

  • Communication Commission Fee is assessed for all students enrolled in eight or more credits per session to help fund student publications and WRNC-LPFM radio.
  • Renewable Energy Fee is assessed by Northland College Student Association (NCSA) for all students enrolled in eight or more credits. These funds are allocated annually by the senior class to a project to assist in a campus-wide effort to reduce energy consumption, use renewable energy equipment, and help mitigate greenhouse gases and persistent toxic substances.
  • NCSA Fee is assessed for all students enrolled in eight or more credits per session to help operate the Association and to provide student activities and entertainment.
  • Comprehensive Fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 8 or more credits per session to support resources provided in the Student Center, online services to My Northland, equipment and staffing to computer labs, Wellness and other co-curricular programs, campus nurse services, and other activities offered to all students.

Room & Board Billing

Housing and meal plan charges are billed according to the preferences indicated on the housing application. If students live on campus and their housing application is incomplete, room and board may not be included on your bill. Contact the Residential Life Office for housing application status.

Billing Statements & Payment

Northland College bills on a per term basis: the fall term charges are due on July 15, and winter term charges are due on December 15. Additional charges, such as course fees that cannot be anticipated prior to the beginning of the semester, are due by the last day of the add/drop period.

A late payment fee of $200 will be assessed to any unpaid account without a payment arrangement as of the last day of the add/drop period per semester.

A late registration fee of $100 will be assessed to students who register after the add/drop period or who submit schedule changes after the add/drop period.

Payment Plans

Northland College offers the use of Tuition Management Systems to provide educational financing options. The Tuition Management System Payment Plan can be used to finance the billing amount remaining after financial aid and family contributions have been applied to a student’s account.

Use page six of the billing packet to submit an Internal Payment Arrangement form for consideration.

Delinquent Accounts

A one percent charge per month is applied to the unpaid balance on a student account. Accounts remaining unpaid after ninty days may be turned over to a collection agent. A student will not be allowed to register for future courses with an unpaid balance. In addition, transcripts, credentials, and diplomas will be withheld from students with any unpaid balance.

Failure to pay tuition, or return registration materials, or have a student educational loan agreement on file will delay final confirmation of a course schedule.

Northland Refund Policies

Certain circumstances may require a student to leave campus or withdraw from the College during a session. If this should occur, the student must officially withdraw from, and meet any outstanding financial obligations to, the College.

Tuition refunds are calculated according to the schedule below and credited to a student’s account. Students receiving financial aid who receive tuition and/or room and board refunds will receive a similar reduction in their total financial aid package.Students receiving federal financial aid through Title IV programs will receive a refund consistent with federal regulations.

Please contact Financial Aid for more information on calculating refunds for students receiving financial aid. There is an administrative fee for calculating refunds, which is the lesser of 5 percent of the calculated refund or $100.

Tuition Refunds for Withdrawing Students

Tuition refunds for withdrawing students are calculated based on the following schedule:

  • During the first 10 class days
    80 percent refund
  • During class days 11 to 15
    60 percent refund
  • During class days 16 to 20
    40 percent refund
  • During class days 21 to 25
    20 percent refund
  • After the first 25 class days
    No refund

A class day is any Monday through Friday during the fall and winter sessions.

Tuition Refunds for Medical/Emergency Withdrawals  

A medical/emergency withdrawal is initiated in consultation with the director of student development and is considered only under the following circumstances:

  • Medical circumstances: non-routine, serious medical concerns such as illness or accident
  • Family emergency: grievous personal loss beyond the student’s control

Each request must contain information that provides documentation of the medical circumstance or a specific written explanation about the nature of the family emergency.

The Approval committee will review the completed request and will determine withdrawal eligibility. If approved, tuition refunds will be calculated according to the schedule below and credited to the student’s account.

This is a tuition-based policy only. Students receiving federal financial aid through Title IV programs will receive a refund consistent with federal regulations.

Housing and Meal Plan Refunds

Room and board refunds for withdrawing students are calculated based on the following schedule:

  • During the first 10 days
    80 percent refund
  • During days 11 to 30
    60 percent refund
  • During days 31 to 45
    40 percent refund
  • During days 46 to 60
    20 percent refund
  • After the first 60 days
    No refund

A day is any day (S, M, T, W, R, F, S) during the fall and winter academic terms.

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