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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Welcome. Whether you are new to the financial aid process or you've done it all before, we hope you find everything you need to help you before, during, and after your educational experience at NMC.

NMC’s financial aid programs are designed to help students pay their educational expenses. Financial aid is meant to supplement, not replace, the payment responsibilities of students and families. To maximize aid eligibility and opportunities, it is highly recommended that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

NMC email is NMC’s official mode of communication, so all correspondence from the NMC Student Financial Services office is sent electronically to students via NMC email. We encourage you to check your NMC email and Self-Service accounts regularly at myNMC.

Net Price Calculator »

You can use this tool to estimate your total annual cost of attending Northwestern Michigan College, along with financial aid eligibility. The tool is intended to provide general guidance in planning your educational financing and is not an application for financial aid.

Code of Conduct

We are members of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). We agree and comply with NASFAA’s Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals adopted by the Board of Directors May 2007.

Financial Aid Complaints

Students who have complaints about financial aid should first work with a Financial Aid Specialist in the Enrollment Services Office to resolve the dispute.

Enrollment Services - Tanis Building
Phone: (231) 995-1035

Should the dispute not be resolved after working with the financial aid staff, students may ask to be forwarded to the Director of Financial Aid.

The Financial Aid Office will review all complaints sent directly to the Director of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Services and Technology, President of the College and all other officials who may receive a complaint regarding issues with financial aid. All complaints are taken seriously, and will be viewed and responded to promptly.

If the dispute is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, there are resources outside of the college that may assist:

  • Federal Ombudsman for federal loan disputes
    U.S. Department of Education
    FSA Ombudsman Group
    830 First Street, NE
    Mail Stop 51444
    Washington, DC 20202-5144
    Phone: (877) 557-2575
    Fax: (202) 275-0549
  • Office of Inspector General for suspected fraud or abuse in federal aid programs
    Phone: (800) MIS-USED or (800) 647-8733
  • Michigan Attorney General Office of Consumer Protection
    P.O. Box 30213
    Lansing, MI 48909
    (517) 373-1110
    Toll Free (877) 765-8388
  • Consumer Financial and Protection Bureau

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Financial Aid Fair and scholarship events - Learn about the FAFSA, scholarship opportunities and meet with a financial aid representative. More »

Scholarship Pop-Up Events

Tuesday, January 21, 5–7 p.m.
Friday, February 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Lobdell's: A Teaching Restaurant
NMC's Great Lakes Campus, 715 E. Front St., Traverse City

  • Receive help filling out the NMC Scholarship Application for Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall 2020/Spring 2021
  • Get answers to all of your Financial Aid questions

Financial Aid Fair

February 12, 4–7 p.m.
Osterlin Library, Room 113
NMC's Main Campus, 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City

Enrollment Services at Northwestern Michigan College is pleased to offer a financial aid fair for prospective college students, parents, alumni, and current NMC students. There will be half-hour workshop sessions and time for students to meet individually with a financial aid representative. Snacks will be provided!


Sign up for half-hour workshop sessions:
  • Counting the Cost of College – Comparing schools (4–4:30 p.m. & 5:30–6 p.m.)
  • Waivers and Scholarships for Native American Students (4–4:30 p.m. & 5:30–6 p.m.)
  • Types of Financial Aid (4:30–5 p.m. & 6–6:30 p.m.)
  • How to Find and Apply for Scholarships (5–5:30 p.m. & 6:30–7 p.m.)
Before or after the workshops, get one-on-one help with:
  • Completing the FAFSA by the March 1 State deadline
  • Applying for Scholarships
  • Completing financial aid requirements (for current NMC students)
  • Comparing financial aid offers
  • Student loan counseling


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