Skip to main content

NMC awards students $898,000 in new COVID-19 relief funds

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College on Monday awarded more than 900 students an average of $964 apiece in the second round of federal coronavirus relief funds, which they may use for educational and emergency-related expenses.

Awards ranged from $275 to $1,600 and were based on student financial need and enrollment status. Students enrolled in at least 12 credits and who demonstrated greater financial need received higher amounts. Eligible expenses include tuition, fees, housing, food, transportation, books, health care (including mental health care), technology and child care.

The funding is part of the $22.7 billion Congress allocated to higher education in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) passed in December 2020. NMC received $4.1 million total, of which $1 million was earmarked for direct student aid. Monday’s awards totaled $898,000, meaning 85 percent of the direct aid will be in the hands of students by Feb. 15.

“This financial support is critical to helping NMC meet the needs of the learners of our region. In 2020, we pivoted quickly and made major changes to keep delivering education, while also keeping our students and employees safe, all without raising tuition,” said Nick Nissley, NMC president. “While we are proud of the work we’ve done to balance the budget so far, we know that some of those adjustments are one-time fixes. The pandemic will have a longer lasting impact on many industries, including higher education and we need to continue to look for ways to right the ship.”

An application for students who were not in the auto-award group is expected to be available by Feb. 18, and students will be notified by email. Awards are expected to be complete by mid-March.

The CRRSAA funds follow the first round of pandemic relief funding, known as the CARES Act, awarded in April 2020. As with the CARES Act, NMC has one year to disburse and spend the funds.

The $3 million NMC will receive in institutional funds this round must be used for expenses that are directly related to COVID. NMC will look at infrastructure improvements related to health and safety in buildings, and technology improvements.

NMC received $2 million in 2020 from the $14.7 billion earmarked for higher education in the CARES Act. NMC awarded the $1 million in direct student aid within six months, half the allotted time.


Release date: February 9, 2021

For more information:

Linda Berlin
NMC Director of Financial Aid
(231) 995-1533 


Northwestern Michigan College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, height, weight, marital status or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.