Why the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is essential to receiving most types of aid for your college education. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible, in order to receive maximum consideration.

You can complete the FAFSA online (opens new window) »

"The federal government should double (to $4 billion) its current level of direct support for community colleges." 

TRANSFORMING AMERICA'S COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Brookings Institution Report, May 2009

Applying for Financial Aid

To be eligible to receive Title IV Federal Financial Aid Funds at Northwestern Michigan College, you must be seeking a certificate or degree from NMC and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid.

Entering NMC Freshman (first time enrolling in a college)

Transfer Student (attended any other college prior to enrollment at NMC)

  • Complete the NMC Application for Admission (even if you are a part-time student).
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing NMC's Federal School Code (002302). Also available in Spanish.
  • Please be aware that financial aid does not automatically transfer from one school to another. Contact the Student Financial Services office if you have any questions, (231) 995-1035.
  • Have an official grade transcript sent to NMC from all college(s) you have previously attended.
  • Have an official high school or GED transcript sent to NMC.

Continuing Student (has completed at least one semester at NMC)

After completing the FAFSA, the United States Department of Education will then determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This EFC determines eligibility for various federal and state financial aid programs. The federal processor will provide the applicant with a Student Aid Report (SAR), electronically, within 7 to 10 days. Please review the SAR and make any necessary corrections. NMC’s Student Financial Services office will receive the Institutional Student Aid Report (ISAR) electronically within 14 days.

If we need additional information, we will request this by email through your NMC e-mail account. You may also View Your Requirements under the Financial Aid menu on your NMC Self-Service account. You may download all required forms from this location. Immediate responses to requests for information will help avoid delays in processing your financial aid.

When your financial aid process is complete, the NMC Student Financial Services office will notify you through your NMC email account. You will need to accept your awards — online — via NMC Self-Service.

During peak times, processing may take up to 8 weeks. Remember, it is your responsibility to pay for your classes — regardless of the status of your financial aid.

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