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Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

The Great Lakes Maritime Academy and Northwestern Michigan College are committed to assisting cadets and their families in making higher education affordable. We encourage all families to apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the NMC school code of 002302. We also encourage student to apply for scholarships. Scholarships may qualify you for aid through Northwestern Michigan College ("internal scholarships") or other sources ("external scholarships"). Once you file the FAFSA, you may qualify for a combination of college, state and federal programs — a financial aid package — that may include a combination of the following:

Cadets are encouraged to apply for financial aid after October 1, the year prior to starting. Apply online using the FAFSA form.

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. NMC’s Student Financial Services office will receive the Institutional Student Aid Report (ISAR) electronically within 3–4 business days.

Admitted cadets will be assigned an NMC email account. If we need additional information, we will request this by email through your NMC email account. You may also View Your Requirements under the Financial Aid menu on your NMC Self-Service account. 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.

There are a online resources on financial literacy that are helpful and provide easy to understand advice on how to deal with common financial situations. Visit:

For more information regarding NMC financial aid, please visit the NMC Student Financial Services office or website or contact them directly at (231) 995-1035 or