Frequently Asked Questions

Here you’ll find a wide range of questions we are asked on a regular basis. Topics range from campus life, to financial aid. We want you to make a well informed decision when it comes to this next phase of your life, and we want to help you in every way that we can. If you don’t find the answer you are looking for here, please call us at 1 + (978) 478-3400. We are excited and eager to help you find your path.

General

What is Northpoint's Transfer of Credit Policy?

TRANSFERRING CREDITS INTO NORTHPOINT BIBLE COLLEGE
Student should request an official transcript from all colleges he/she attended. The official transcript from an accredited college or university should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at the time of application. Only courses in which a grade of C or better was earned will be considered. Once the transcript is evaluated the student will be notified, as will the Financial Aid office, to the number of credits being transferred into Northpoint. Only credits that go toward a student’s program will be transferred. Students must complete their last 30 hours of credits through Northpoint in order to graduate with a degree or certificate. Requests for credits to be transferred in following matriculation must be approved by the Dean of Academics.

What is there to do in and around the Northpoint campus?

Glad you asked. One of the beautiful things about Northpoint is the vibrancy of the surrounding communities. Haverhill (where our campus is located) is an urban environment, with an artsy, stimulating downtown area. There is shopping, tons of great places to eat, and if you get tired of downtown--the north side of the city is spread out, with lots of great parks and Winnekenni Castle. It doesn't stop there though. The iconic city of Boston is only about 45 minutes away from our campus, and you can get there by car or by train (there is a train stop in Haverhill). Enjoy the more spread out, suburban environment in the Bradford/Haverhill area or drive down to downtown Boston in less than one hour. Whether you're here for four years or more, you will never run out of things to do.

Is Northpoint affiliated with a denomination?

Yes, Northpoint is a associated with the Assemblies of God, and we are unapologetically Pentecostal in faith and practice. However, we welcome students from different denominational and non-denominational backgrounds.

 

More information about Assemblies of God beliefs can be found here.

Can I live off-campus and commute?

Single students (including divorced and separated students) are required to live on-campus unless living at home with their mother and/or father or they have an established residence in the area. All single students must submit a letter of request explaining proposed living arrangements and the reason for requesting commuting status. Permission to commute may be granted only by the Academic Dean. Married students are allowed to commute to the College without any special permission required. This policy is in place because Northpoint believes that the education that is offered is not merely in the classroom but is also gained through daily interaction with students, staff and faculty in all campus activities. As a ministry training center, Northpoint seeks to prepare the whole person, academically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially for Kingdom ministry.

 

Admissions

What is Northpoint's Transfer of Credit Policy?

TRANSFERRING CREDITS INTO NORTHPOINT BIBLE COLLEGE
Student should request an official transcript from all colleges he/she attended. The official transcript from an accredited college or university should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar at the time of application. Only courses in which a grade of C or better was earned will be considered. Once the transcript is evaluated the student will be notified, as will the Financial Aid office, to the number of credits being transferred into Northpoint. Only credits that go toward a student’s program will be transferred. Students must complete their last 30 hours of credits through Northpoint in order to graduate with a degree or certificate. Requests for credits to be transferred in following matriculation must be approved by the Dean of Academics.

What should I expect to pay?

Haverhill Campus Undergraduate Fees for 2017-2018

Full-Time Fall Spring
Tuition (12-17 hour block) $5,505 $5,505
Housing (based double occupancy) $2,935 $2,935
Meal Plan A* $1,500 $1,500
Fees $567 $477

 

*The meal plan is required if you are full-time and on campus. If you live off-campus or are taking under 12 credit hours, you are not required to purchase a meal plan.

 

Refundable Deposits

The room deposit (for on campus students) is $100, and the mailbox key deposit is $12.50. These can both get refunded at the end of your time at Northpoint if you meet the requirements.

 

Miscellaneous Fees

These only apply to some.

Fee Cost
Course Fee (if taking under 12 hours or over 17 hours) $367/credit
Fridge or A/C $75/semester
Vehicle Registration $57 on campus, $36 off campus
Lab Fee (for computer courses) $183
Audit Fee $183/credit
Music Fee $375/credit

 

Northpoint Credit Policies

  • Fifty percent of semester charges are due at registration. Financial aid can be applied toward the down payment. The semester balance can be made in monthly installments or by equal payments of the remaining balance on October 15 and December 1 for the Fall semester. Spring semester payments dates are March 1 and April 15.
  • Special billing charges and arrangements pertain to married students, please contact Northpoint Student Billing Office for details at (978) 478-3400 [ext. 3426].

 

Net Price Calculator

  • If you would like to estimate how much money it will cost you to attend school here, please feel free to utilize our net price calculator here.

 

View our PDF version of the Undergraduate Fee Schedule here.

View our PDF version of the Graduate Fee Schedule here.

View our PDF version of the Grand Rapids Campus Fee Schedule here.

View our PDF version of the Grand Rapids Campus Graduate Fee Schedule here.

Where can I submit my application paperwork?

Our preference is that you submit your application electronically using our online application form. If you need to fax in or mail material to us, you can do so. Please mail the paperwork to Northpoint Bible College, Attn: Office of Admissions, 320 South Main St, Haverhill, MA 01835. Our fax number is 1 + (978) 478-3406. Please ensure you include a cover letter with "Attn: Office of Admissions" and "Application" in your subject line.

How do I apply for a student visa?

Upon your acceptance you will take all your acceptance documents, such as your Acceptance letter, International Student Documentation of Finances with bank statement attached, and your I-20 and your passport to the American Embassy to apply for a student visa (F-1 Visa). Canadian students do not need to visit an embassy, but simply bring all these documents to the US border crossing for approval. Please note that you will want to contact the Embassy to obtain a list of all the documentation you will need for your appointment.

What are the required MMR immunizations?

The MMR is an immunization against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. This immunization is required by all students seeking to study in the United States. If you were born before 1956, you are considered immune and need not obtain these vaccines. If you are unable to obtain the MMR in your country (it is mostly unavailable in African nations), you must write a letter to the Northpoint Bible College stating this difficulty. At that point you will be permitted to receive your MMR once you arrive at Northpoint.

Are international students required to complete a TOEFL exam?

All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL exam in order to verify the ability needed to study in the English language. The TOEFL identification number for Northpoint Bible College is 3942. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in your country, or their website toefl.org, to obtain more information about test dates, sites, etc.

When do I receive my I-20?

In order to receive your I-20, you must first complete the following steps:

  1. Submit to the Office of Admissions your complete application along with your pastoral reference, two additional references, health certificate, immunization records, high school transcript, college transcripts (if applicable,) and TOEFL scores.
  2. After your file is completed with all the information listed above, the Acceptance Committee will review your file.
  3. If you are accepted, an acceptance letter along with a form that is called "The International Student Documentation of Finances" will be sent to you. This form must be completed by your sponsor or whoever is responsible for paying for your education. A bank statement must be attached to the "International Student Documentation of Finances" to verify that the necessary funds to study at Northpoint Bible College are in the bank account. After you have signed this form, you must mail the form back to Northpoint Bible College along with the required deposit (50% of the semester's tuition fees) in care of the Office of Admissions and Records.
  4. Once your International Student Documentation of Finances has been received, we will review it to ensure that you have all the necessary funds verified by the bank statement that you have provided. Once these steps have been completed, we will mail your I-20 to you. A 50% deposit of the semester's fees is also required.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the Fall semester each year is August 1. The deadline for the Spring semester is January 1.

Does Northpoint require SAT scores?

SAT scores are required for US and Canadian applicants. Scores will not be used as acceptance criterion but for academic placement only. ACT scores will be accepted if SAT scores are unavailable, however, SAT scores are preferred for admission.

What degree does a Northpoint graduate receive?

Upon graduation from Northpoint Bible College a student receives a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a second major in one of the following areas: Children And Family Ministry, Church Ministry, Music And Worship Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Urban Ministry, World Mission, or Youth Ministry. Northpoint also offers an Associate of Arts degree in Bible and Theology as well as a one year certificate.

Is Northpoint Bible College accredited?

Yes, Northpoint Bible College received full accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education in February 2001. In addition to our national accreditation status, Northpoint is currently in the process of pursuing regional accreditation.

 

Housing and Campus Life

Does Northpoint have housing for families?

You may contact the office of the student affairs and housing to obtain additional information, details, and guidelines. In order to direct your inquiry to the appropriate office, simply select "Student Life" when asked what department you would like to reach. You can also reach them by phone at (978) 478-3466.

How do single students obtain a housing assignment and roommate?

All single students are assigned housing on Registration Day during initial enrollment. Your roommate is assigned at that time as well. This allows for more personal interaction in the assignment process rather than just random selection. If you have a friend you would like to request as a roommate, you only need to return the Roommate Questionnaire form found in your acceptance packet to notify the Housing Office of your request. The Office of Housing will honor these requests whenever possible.

 

Finances

What is a FASFA and how do I fill one out?

How do I create an FSA ID in order to file for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

The FSA ID ― a username and password ― has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one at https://fsaid.ed.gov.

 


Here is a great student guide on the FASFA: Click Here to Watch

Links to required forms, federal, state and institutional

Links

 

Forms

 

Verification Forms

If you received a notice from the Financial Aid Office stating that your file as selected for review in a process called verification, then you are in the right place. Verification is a special review of your FAFSA. To complete verification, we will need specific forms from you. You should have received a letter or email from the Financial Aid Office requesting that you complete a specific verification worksheet (V1, V2, V3, V4 or V6). Each worksheet is designed to verify certain elements on your FAFSA.

 

 

 

Where do I go for Entrance and Exit counseling?
    • For Federal entrance counseling, visit this website.
    • For Federal exit counseling, visit this website.
    • As a Massachusetts resident who borrowed private loan funds from the State of Massachusetts, please complete Exit Counseling by following the steps below:
       
      1. Go to http://www.ecsi.net
      2. Enter the school code: 4F
      3. Enter your social security number
      4. Enter the 5-digit PIN from ECSI which should have been emailed to you
      5. Click on “Manage your school loan account” and proceed to Exit Counseling
      6. Contact ECSI at 1-888-549-3274 for assistance if needed

 

What is the financial aid code of conduct?

This is just a little snippet about what we will and will not do regarding financial aid and some of your personal information.

 

The following Code of Conduct is published in accordance with the statutory requirements of The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 Section 487 (e) and applies to the officers, employees, and agents of Northpoint Bible College.

  • Northpoint Bible College personnel will not enter into a revenue sharing arrangement with any lender.
  • Northpoint Bible College personnel and/or their families will not receive "gifts" from any lender, guaranty agency or organization which services educational loans. A "gift" is considered any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item having monetary value of more that $10.
  • Northpoint Bible College personnel will not, for any first time borrower, assign, through the award packaging or any other method, the borrower's loan to a particular lender, neither refuse to certify nor delay the certification of any loan based upon the borrower's selection of lender.
  • Northpoint Bible College personnel will not request or accept staffing assistance from any lender.
  • Northpoint Bible College personnel will not accept any fee, payment or other financial benefit from any lender or affiliate as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to educational loans.
  • Northpoint Bible College personnel will not request or accept any offer of funds from any lender to be used for private loans, including funds for an "opportunity pool loan"* to students in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specified loan volume, specific number of the Title IV loans made, insured, or guaranteed, or for a preferred lender arrangement.

 

*Private education loan made by a lender to a student or the student's family which involves a payment by the college to the lender for extending credit to the student.

What type of federal aid is available?

Pell Grant

This is awarded to eligible students based on need, and grants do not have to be repaid.

 

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

This is awarded to the most needy students, and does not have to be repaid. These funds are limited, so an early FAFSA filing is necessary to receive this award.

 

Federal Direct Loan

This loan is obtained from the U.S. government's Direct Loan program at low interest rates and consists of subsidized (the government pays the interest for you while you are in school) and unsubsidized (you pay interest while in school or allow it to accrue, that is, interest will be added to the principal amount and you will end up paying interest on interest) loans. Repayment of principal and interest begins six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time status. Loans may not exceed your cost of attendance.

 

Federal Parent Loan (PLUS Loan)

This loan is issued by the U.S. government's Direct Loan program to the parents of dependent undergraduate students who qualify. Repayment of principal and interest begins sixty days after the final disbursement.

 

Federal Work Study

This provides funds which student earns through an on-campus or community service job. Funds for this are limited so an early FAFSA filing is necessary.

Who should apply for financial aid?

In short, everyone. Each family's circumstances are different and you will not know if you qualify for federal or state aid unless you complete the FAFSA. Your FAFSA can be completed online at http://fafsa.gov.

What scholarships are available?

Check out our new scholarship page by clicking here. Northpoint and AG offer a great variety of scholarships here. Please note, the application deadlines are September 15th for the fall semester and January 15th for the spring semester.

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Below are a number of scholarship providers that exist outside of Northpoint.  We strongly recommend first reading the US Federal Government's Student Aid website for assistance finding and applying for scholarships.

What should I expect to pay?

Haverhill Campus Undergraduate Fees for 2017-2018

Full-Time Fall Spring
Tuition (12-17 hour block) $5,505 $5,505
Housing (based double occupancy) $2,935 $2,935
Meal Plan A* $1,500 $1,500
Fees $567 $477

 

*The meal plan is required if you are full-time and on campus. If you live off-campus or are taking under 12 credit hours, you are not required to purchase a meal plan.

 

Refundable Deposits

The room deposit (for on campus students) is $100, and the mailbox key deposit is $12.50. These can both get refunded at the end of your time at Northpoint if you meet the requirements.

 

Miscellaneous Fees

These only apply to some.

Fee Cost
Course Fee (if taking under 12 hours or over 17 hours) $367/credit
Fridge or A/C $75/semester
Vehicle Registration $57 on campus, $36 off campus
Lab Fee (for computer courses) $183
Audit Fee $183/credit
Music Fee $375/credit

 

Northpoint Credit Policies

  • Fifty percent of semester charges are due at registration. Financial aid can be applied toward the down payment. The semester balance can be made in monthly installments or by equal payments of the remaining balance on October 15 and December 1 for the Fall semester. Spring semester payments dates are March 1 and April 15.
  • Special billing charges and arrangements pertain to married students, please contact Northpoint Student Billing Office for details at (978) 478-3400 [ext. 3426].

 

Net Price Calculator

  • If you would like to estimate how much money it will cost you to attend school here, please feel free to utilize our net price calculator here.

 

View our PDF version of the Undergraduate Fee Schedule here.

View our PDF version of the Graduate Fee Schedule here.

View our PDF version of the Grand Rapids Campus Fee Schedule here.

View our PDF version of the Grand Rapids Campus Graduate Fee Schedule here.

Does Northpoint offer scholarships?

Northpoint offers a variety of scholarships and financial assistance. Visit our Financial Information page for more information.

How Can I Obtain Private Loans?

School Lender List

Private Lender Disclosures

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