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Military & Veteran Services

What being a 'Veteran-friendly' college means at NMC

NMC is committed to helping our veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, National Guard and their family members achieve their goals, succeed in college and move onto the next chapter in their lives. We're your new team as you embark on your new mission in life and we recognize the attributes you bring to our campus. Simply stated, we're not just military-friendly, we're veteran-ready! We've got your six!

Getting Started

NMC prides itself on having many services specifically designed to support your individual needs. We will not only ensure that you have a smooth transition but will make sure that you have the necessary support and resources to accomplish your educational goals.

Thank you for your interest in NMC and, more importantly, for your service to our country!


Julie Hansen
School Certifying Official
(231) 995-1057

Eligibility for VA educational benefits rests solely with the VA. You may contact them by calling (888) 442-4551 or visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

Enrollment Checklist:

  • Apply for admission to NMC:
  • Apply for and/or transfer VA Education Benefits from another school to NMC:
    • Reservists, National Guard or active duty intending to use Tuition Assistance or GI Bill® are encouraged to speak with their Education Officer.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to Admission’s Office at NMC (High School, GED, and/or any accredited colleges):
    • Admissions Office: 1701 E. Front Street | Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Request military transcripts be sent to NMC:
  • Once admitted to NMC, sign up for New Student Orientation:
    • You will meet with an advisor and register for classes at orientation.
  • Create a FSA ID for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you are covered by military benefits, this could open up other scholarship opportunities and financial assistance:
  • Apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
  • If you plan to use VA Education Benefits, contact Julie Hansen at (231) 995-1057 or
  • Be sure to check your NMC email often for important financial aid and registration information:
    • Your NMC email address is your primary email used for receiving student messaging.
  • Purchase books and get ready to start classes. Welcome to NMC!
    • NOTE: VA Education Benefit recipients must request VA/NMC School Certification each semester by filling out this form.
    • NOTE: MGIB-Active Duty (Ch 30) and MGIB Select Reserve (CH 1606), are required to verify enrollment on the last calendar day of the month each semester of enrollment by using the VA's Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at wave or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-888-442-4551 (Education Call Center).
    • NEW BEGINNING JANUARY, 2022: Post-9/11 GI Bill (CH33) beneficiaries are required to verify monthly enrollment each semester. You can opt in for text messaging by calling 1-888-442-4551 (Education Call Center) to ensure VA has your mobile phone number. Once you have opted in, you will simply reply to a VA text message to verify your enrollment. If you prefer not to opt in to text messaging, you will be required to phone in your attendance verification each month you are enrolled by calling 1-888-442-4551 (Education Call Center).

In compliance with the Veteran Affairs SIT-REP Act, Northwestern Michigan College will not impose any penalty, including but not limited to, the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, institutional facilities/resources, or require students to borrow additional funds for which interest or other charges are assessed, on any eligible students that are unable to meet their financial obligations because of a delayed GI Bill® payment. Students who are unable to make payments to NMC due to delayed GI Bill® payments should contact NMC's School Certifying Official, Julie Hansen, at (231) 995-1057 or, for assistance.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Five NMC veterans describe the transition from military to civilian life and the classroom.

Get Credit for Military Service / Prior College

While serving, you may have taken military, college and job-specific courses that are worth college credit here at NMC. These earned credits have helped many service men and women obtain an associate's degree in less time. Find more information on transferring credits here.

View NMC's Tuition and Fee rates for the current semester

Note that military-related students who are not Grand Traverse County residents will receive the in-state tuition rate.

Find tuition assistance information for your branch

Active-duty, reservists and National Guard may be eligible for tuition assistance.

Net Price Calculator / Shopping Sheet

Use this calculator to make an early estimate of your total annual cost of attending NMC. This tool is intended to provide general guidance in planning your educational financing and is not an application for financial aid.

GI Bill® Updates

Make the Connection - Student Veterans & Higher Education

Going to school after serving in the military provides opportunities to veterans. But sometimes, it can also bring challenges. Learn more

Read how NMC is creating a veteran-friendly culture

Enrollment Verification

Starting in the 2021–2022 school year, Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments are required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their payments. Visit this page to learn more about the enrollment verification requirement and verification methods.

In the News

NMC awards credit for military service

September 27, 2021