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Updated May 12

Summer Classes

The impact of the pandemic is still evolving so we cannot predict when current restrictions on our campuses will be lifted. In order to help keep you on track toward your goals, and to keep you safe, NMC is offering online classes only this summer. Registration is open.

NOTE: The payment due date for summer classes was extended to Tuesday, May 5. When registering after May 5, payment is due when you register.

  • For students currently enrolled in Summer 2020 face to face classes, most classes will be migrated to the new online status automatically; you do not need to do anything to remain enrolled in your current summer courses. Your instructor will contact you.
  • We have also expanded our summer course offerings beyond the face-to-face classes that are now becoming online classes. This means additional opportunities for you to earn credits over the summer and make progress toward your goal. If demand for those online classes increases, we may be able to add even more sections.
  • The Advising Center can help you with class options or changes to your schedule. Call them at (231) 995-1040, or email

Refund requests for dropped courses: The refund date for the spring semester has already passed, but you can make a refund exception request using this form. We have streamlined the process and will not require additional documentation for COVID-19 related issues. You may submit your request at any time, but in order to process COVID-19 related refunds where aid is involved, we are waiting on guidance from the State of Michigan and Federal Student Aid.

Emergency Student Financial Assistance

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

In addition, the NMC Foundation has emergency funds for scholarships.


  • All students can fill out the application.
  • Only students who have completed a FAFSA and qualify for federal financial aid are eligible for CARES Act funds.
  • All students may be eligible for other types of aid from NMC.


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

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

New 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 new State of Michigan initiative announced in May. College students will now be 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 this semester?

No, currently NMC is not pursuing using pass/fail instead of letter grades. This is because most 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. Determinations about on-campus orientation for future dates will be made closer to those dates. Learn more about orientation and sign up here.

NMC extends college campus closure through May 28

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order again, to May 28. To support this effort, and comply with the order, NMC will extend the closure of all five of its campuses.

NMC’s five campuses include:

  • 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

NMC will not return to face-to-face learning this semester and will continue online learning

Students will not return to campus for exams. Instructors will determine details for final exams and communicate directly with students.

Event cancellations & closures

  • NMC's Commencement has been postponed. All commencement-related activities, including Honors Convocation, have also been postponed.
  • The May 2, 2020, commencement ceremony will either be delayed until August 2020, or a double ceremony will be held in May 2021. We will continue to communicate with you as the situation evolves.
  • Find an ongoing list of closures and cancellations here.

Navigating the transition to online learning

We are dealing with unprecedented circumstances and our administration is currently working on adjusting policies and procedures to help students complete their coursework and assist those who cannot complete. We encourage you to talk to your instructor about any concerns you have.

  • We understand that the conversion to online coursework is challenging for many students.
  • The college will be providing a variety of options to help reduce the financial and academic effects of this interruption.
  • Please review the resources on the Keep Learning website.
  • The last date to drop with record for spring main session is May 2.

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

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.

What about dual enrolled and early college students?

Even though all K–12 schools are closing, any high-school enrolled student currently taking a class at NMC is still enrolled at NMC and responsible for completing the requirements of their college class(es). Please direct any questions on specific classes to the instructor or academic department office. Find out more here.

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.

Osterlin Library / Bookstore

The Osterlin Library is closed. Currently checked out materials will not be due until after the building reopens. No fines will be levied during the library’s closure. We will contact patrons when we are accepting returns again. If you will be leaving the area at the end of the semester, please contact us to make alternative arrangements to return items.

The NMC bookstore is also closed, and will send students information on how book rentals will be returned to the campus. Extensions will be given to accommodate the return of books used for spring courses.

Summer 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.

Students who have purchased books and no longer need them can sell them online here.

What about food service at NMC?

The Hawk Owl Café in the Oleson Center, Northwest Grind–Starbucks in Osterlin Library and The Hawks Nest in East Hall are all closed until further notice.

West Hall Innovation Center Update

Following Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, construction on the West Hall Innovation Center has been paused. Construction will resume once the order has been lifted.

Keep Learning

  • Resources for NMC students

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Student Services

  • Student Services are still available. Contact us today!
    • Phones are being monitored remotely.
    • Please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
    • You may not recognize the mobile number returning your call.

Student FAQs

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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