Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Northwestern Michigan College tuition is $3,111 per year for in-district residents. This is 5% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 11% cheaper than the average Michigan in-district tuition of $3,508 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 15th in Michigan amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 18th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $995 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,463.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,475 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Traverse City should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,754 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,754 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to NMC is $18,835 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $22,192. Out-of-state students who don't possess Michigan residence can expect a one year cost of $24,154.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Northwestern Michigan College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Northwestern Michigan College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget $18,835
   In-District Tuition$3,111
   Other Fees$995
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,754
   Books and Supplies$1,500
   Room and Board$9,475
Michigan Out of District Total Budget $22,192
   In-State Tuition$6,468
   Other Fees$995
   Room and Board$9,475
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,754
   Books and Supplies$1,500


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $22,192 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported NMC net price for in-state students is $7,923* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

70% of Northwestern Michigan College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,966. 57 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,183. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Northwestern Michigan College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Northwestern Michigan College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,923*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid70%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,966
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants57%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,183

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$7,563
$30,001 to $48,000$7,978
$48,001 to $75,000$10,036
$75,001 to $110,000$12,439

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,192 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,192. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $4,966

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Northwestern Michigan College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 29% - $5,368

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 44% -  $8,104

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Northwestern Michigan College
North Central Michigan College11.7% less expensive
Kirtland Community College23% less expensive
West Shore Community College36.3% less expensive
Mid Michigan Community College2.5% more expensive
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College77.7% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Northwestern Michigan College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at NMC is $44,384 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $6,660 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,320**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Northwestern Michigan College.

Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,234
Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,096
Non-Michigan Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,215
Non-Michigan Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,077

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Northwestern Michigan College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Northwestern Michigan College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$104
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$312
Price per credit hour for Michigan residents$216
Cost for one class for Michigan residents (3 credit hours)$648
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$281
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$843
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,124


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 38% of Northwestern Michigan College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,368.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Northwestern Michigan College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $13,320, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $16,527.07. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Northwestern Michigan College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 70% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,660. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Northwestern Michigan College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Northwestern Michigan College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$137.73
Amount Borrowed$13,320.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,207.07
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$16,527.07

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend NMC? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Northwestern Michigan College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $16,527.07 would be needed to afford a $137.73 monthly payment in the example $13,320.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Northwestern Michigan College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,645 to $6,468. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.8%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $44,384.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Northwestern Michigan College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$29,031$58,063
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$37,052$74,104
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $47,289$94,578
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $54,743$109,486

Tuition History

What was tuition at NMC five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$4,700$6,000 0%
2011$4,700$6,000 -7.2%
2010$5,064$6,376 2.6%
2009$4,936$6,165 7.9%
2008$4,576$5,600 10.3%
2007$4,149$5,094 5.4%
2006$3,938$4,730 0%
2005$3,938$4,730 2.1%
2004$3,858$4,730 46.5%
2003$2,633$3,233 -15%
2002$3,096$3,504 0%
2001$3,096$3,504 2.9%
2000$3,008$3,368 0.7%
1999$2,986$3,310 4.6%
1998$2,856$3,192 3%
1997$2,774$3,102 2.4%
1996$2,710$3,030 -1.1%
1995$2,739$3,063 0%
1994$2,739$3,063 4.7%
1993$2,616$2,904 4.9%
1992$2,493$2,769 6.1%
1991$2,349$2,613 8.3%
1990$2,169$2,409 15.3%
1989$1,881$2,073 5.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Northwestern Michigan College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 311 9% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 73 20% costlier
General Studies Associate's Degree 40 14% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 24 18% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 19 12% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 16 14% costlier
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew Associate's Degree 16 17% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 13 19% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 11 22% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 10 24% costlier
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 26% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 5 19% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Associate's Degree 5 12% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 4 30% costlier
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management Associate's Degree 4 29% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 3 25% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 32% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 36% costlier
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 2 29% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 2 28% costlier
Fine and Studio Arts Management Associate's Degree 1 35% costlier
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier


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About Northwestern Michigan College

Northwestern Michigan College is a two year community college located in Traverse City, Michigan.  Full time enrollment is 1,534 and part time is 2,630.  Northwestern Michigan College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E Front St
Traverse City, Michigan

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Northwestern Michigan College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Northwestern Michigan College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=171483 IPEDS survey data.