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Updated October 6

NMC Reopening Plan

NMC is working through a phased reopening plan for each of its five campuses including:

  • Main - 1701 E. Front St., Traverse City
  • Great Lakes - 715 E. Front St., Traverse City
  • Aero Park - 2600 Aero Park Dr., Traverse City
  • University Center - 2200 Dendrinos Dr., Traverse City
  • Rogers Observatory - 1753 Birmley Road, Traverse City

For Fall 2020, campus buildings have reopened to students with appropriate social distancing and masks. Services for students remain available by phone and virtually. Find more information about student services here.

Fall, Spring & Summer Classes

Fall 2020 semester is underway and concludes on December 12, 2020.

Registration for Spring and Summer 2021 classes is ongoing.

Continuing students can register for classes via their myNMC student portal.

The Advising Center can help you with class options or changes to your schedule. Call them at (231) 995-1040, or email Current students can also schedule appointments online via MySuccess.

Refund requests for dropped courses: NMC recognizes that there are extraordinary situations where a student is unable to drop a class by the 100% refund deadline. You may submit a refund exception request using this form within one year of the end of the semester. We will not require additional documentation for COVID-19 related issues.

Emergency Student Financial Assistance

NMC has received funding through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.


  • Students who completed at least one credit in Spring 2020 semester and/or are completing Summer 2020 semester. (If funds are available to new students in Fall 2020 semester, we will re-open the application and notify all students after the beginning of Fall semester).
  • Only students who have completed a FAFSA and qualify for federal financial aid are eligible for CARES Act funds.


If you are eligible for Federal Financial Aid, make sure to complete the FAFSA.

Aid will be awarded in the order of application.The amount will be based on:

  • type of emergency financial need
  • prior known financial need
  • number of credits enrolled
  • availability of funds

In addition, the NMC Foundation has been hard at work raising additional funds for scholarships to support students during this challenging time. Apply now at

Food Assistance Program

Low-income college students in Michigan enrolled in career or technical education programs are eligible to receive food assistance benefits through a State of Michigan initiative announced in May. College students are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if they meet income and other program requirements and are enrolled at least half-time in an occupational program that leads to employment under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the Twenty-First Century Act of 2018 known as Perkins V.

Students interested in applying for food assistance can go to Verification of enrollment in a Perkins program must be provided by the student or may be requested from the postsecondary institution. Learn more about the Perkins Postsecondary CTE Program at

Will NMC offer a pass/fail option for grades?

No, currently NMC is not pursuing using pass/fail instead of letter grades. This is because many of our students will transfer to a 4-year college or university and those institutions have not committed that they will accept pass/fail credits at this time.

How is New Student Orientation being handled?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and because student safety is our top priority, new student orientation is being offered virtually. Online orientation instructions will be sent to your NMC email account. Learn more about orientation and sign up here.

Event cancellations & closures

  • Find an ongoing list of closures and cancellations here.

Navigating the transition to online learning

We understand that the conversion to online coursework is challenging for many students. NMC Faculty and staff are working hard to set you up for success in your courses.

What if I don't have Internet access or computers at home?

If you need assistance to obtain low-cost Internet, contact your Internet Service Provider or Mobile Carrier. is a resource to find low-cost Internet in your area.

What about Aviation Division courses and flight operations?

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our students and campus community, with the least possible disruption to learning. Aviation Division leadership will be working very hard to keep our employees and students safe and informed. Additional details relating to Aviation Division courses and flight operations can be found here.

Dual Enrolled and Early College Students

Courses are available for Spring 2021 registration.

Personal Counseling

We recognize that this is an anxious and potentially stressful time for all and want to remind you that NMC students can make counseling appointments via phone or virtual meeting. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Student Life Office at (231) 995-1118. Find more personal counseling contact information here.

Library / Bookstore


The NMC Library opened to NMC students and employees August 17. Remote services are still available.

  • New location: Upper level of the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map)
  • Limited service hours: Monday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


The NMC Bookstore is open Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Health & Science Building (#7 on the Main Campus Map). Book information is also available online. Visit to view and purchase your books and supplies for classes; orders can be shipped to your home or picked up in store.

Book buyback will run November 9 - December 11, 2020.  There will be an option on the website to sell your books back virtually, as well as in store buyback.

Spring books will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 23, both in store and online. Spring financial aid will be available December 7–January 26, both in store and online. Financial aid can be used online at the NMC Bookstore and is available for all products by selecting WebFinancial Aid at checkout. Email with questions.

Food Service at NMC

The Hawk Owl Café and Northwest Grind reopened for Fall 2020 in the West Hall Innovation Center (#9 on the Main Campus Map).

Hours and location can be found here.

Fall semester food service will end Wednesday, Nov. 25 as NMC transitions to virtual services for the rest of the fall semester to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Unspent meal plan dollars will roll over to the spring semester. Food service is expected to resume Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

Campus Housing

NMC is encouraging East Hall residents to move out and return home at Thanksgiving break, as NMC transitions to virtual services for the rest of the fall semester and campus food service ends for the semester, to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Students who move out and return home on Wednesday, Nov. 25 will receive a partial credit towards their spring semester for November 30–December 11. East Hall will close for the semester break by Friday, Dec. 11.

North Hall residents, who have access to kitchens in their suites, can continue to reside in housing until April 30, 2021 providing they are registered for spring semester classes by December 8, 2020. If not registered for spring classes by that date, they must move out by Friday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.

NMC expects to continue to offer housing in both North and East Halls for the spring semester, unless significant COVID-19 related factors compel the College to alter these plans for the safety of our students. East Hall will reopen for spring semester Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Students currently residing in either residence hall should regularly monitor their emails for updates. Contact NMC Housing with questions about spring semester.

West Hall Innovation Center Update

The West Hall Innovation Center on NMC's main campus is now open! Construction was completed in July, 2020 and services including the library, Hawk Owl Café/Northwest Grind and WNMC radio station have moved into the building. Read more here.

What should I do if I have COVID-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that you contact NMC Health Services at (231) 995-1255 to determine the appropriate steps to take to ensure your healthcare needs are being addressed and the safety of the campus community is maintained.

As with any other illness, if you were to contact COVID-19, you can reach out to your professors and work out how to proceed with accommodations for your classes, including any absences or requests for extensions on assignments and tests. Read more in the Exposure Control Awareness flyer here.

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Virtual / Online Tools

Online Learning orientation

Nervous about online classes? An online learning orientation is available with tips and hints for success. It should take 45 minutes to one hour to complete.

Check out online learning FAQs here.

Resources are also available through the Student Success Center and your individual instructor. Please reach out with concerns.

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