NMC Board of Trustees approves balanced budget; most students to pay less in 2021-22

NOTE: The International 2021-22 Tuition figure in the table below has been corrected since the news release was first published.

TRAVERSE CITY — The Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget and set tuition rates and fees for the fall 2021 and spring/summer 2022 semesters during its regular monthly meeting June 28.

NMC was one of only a few colleges to freeze tuition for the 2020–21 academic year. While general tuition rates for residents will increase by $3.00 per contact hour for in-district students, from $109 to $112, elimination of the Flexible Learning Online Fee will result in most students paying less for an average semester at NMC by reducing online course costs by $20 per contact hour.

“I am proud to see our college community develop a budget plan that is not only fiscally responsible, but will actually mean most students will end up paying less for their classes. It’s this kind of creative problem solving that we want to inspire in our students, by modeling ourselves,” said Dr. Nick Nissley, president of Northwestern Michigan College. “When many other colleges and universities are costing families more, NMC is making college even more affordable. With that, great state programs like Michigan Reconnect and more scholarship money available through the NMC Foundation, I hope more people take the opportunity to get ahead with NMC.”

For 2021–22, NMC’s revenue will be 24 percent from state aid, 27 percent from local property tax, 44 percent from tuition and fees and five percent from other sources.

Northwestern Michigan College general rate tuition categories:


2020-2021 Tuition

2021-22 Tuition














NMC now has the 6th lowest in-district tuition of the state’s 28 community colleges, down from 8th in 2019.

NMC will continue to offer courses in a variety of formats this fall to best meet the needs of students. Two months remain to apply and register before fall classes begin Aug. 28. Still, enrollment to date shows that students find value in flexible learning formats, including online and hybrid, which increased during COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, only about 15 percent of NMC classes were offered online.

Registration for fall classes began in March. Currently 44 percent of enrolled fall class sections will be offered virtually (50 percent in the spring), 35 percent face-to-face (28 percent spring) and 22 percent hybrid (21 percent spring.)

Fall is the final semester that students who are eligible for the Futures for Frontliners scholarship can begin classes. The Michigan Reconnect program offering free in-district tuition to adults over age 25 without a college degree is also available this fall.


Release date: JUNE 29, 2021

For more information:

Troy Kierczynski
Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration
(231) 995-1147


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