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Paying for College

Paying for college can seem overwhelming, but you’ve made a smart choice. 

  • NMC's tuition is one-quarter that of a four-year college or university.
  • Among Michigan's 28 community colleges, you'll pay the ninth lowest tuition in the state if you're a Grand Traverse County resident.

Payment Options

Guide To Self-Service


Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships & Grants

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Money you usually don't have to pay back


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Money you earn to help pay for educational expenses


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Money you have to pay back


Learn more about paying for college in Michigan


Financial Aid Process

Apply for aid

Check your email

Check your NMC email for instructions and, if needed, a link to NMC’s verification system.

Accept aid

  • View and accept aid in NMC Self-Service, under Financial Aid, upon email notification. Note that many grants and scholarships are automatically accepted for you. Review financial aid terms and conditions.
  • Unsure about whether you should accept loans? Contact us!
  • Complete post-acceptance tasks as directed: Upload scholarship thank you notes to the scholarship system and complete the master promissory note & entrance counseling for loans on studentaid.gov.

Review account

  • Review your Account Summary in NMC Self-Service under Student Billing the day after you make registration and other changes (most updates happen in 1–3 days).
  • Remember that the Pell Grant and most State of Michigan aid adjusts based on enrollment and may have enrolled credit minimums.



  • Continue to monitor your email and account regularly.
  • Contact us if you are considering withdrawing from courses.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Repeat the same steps each year. NMC’s aid year is Fall, Spring, Summer.


Free, 1:1 assistance completing your FAFSA. Schedule an appointment:

If you have an NMC login

If you don't have an NMC login

Emergency Assistance

For students experiencing hardships during their time at NMC.

Contact Us

Important Dates