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Student Success - Financial Aid Steps

Get Ready for Financial Aid


Portal Sign-up (If you have not signed up already). 


Go to to, click on Student and Community Portal. Complete sign-in and you will be directed to the Admissions Application. 


Apply for a Federal PIN:

PIN is used to access and correct you and your parent’s information online. Parents need a PIN if their information is required for financial aid application. Go to to request PIN.



Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Or complete the Renewal Application. Go to Use College Code for North Central Michigan College: 002299.

• Put this on your FAFSA so we can access your FAFSA results electronically. If you are transferring mid-year or considering multiple
colleges, put all codes down but put the most likely to attend first.



Review Your FAFSA Information:

About one week after you submit the FAFSA, a Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to you via email by the federal processor. Review the information for accuracy and submit any changes requested online. If no email was provided, correspondence will be by postal mail and take longer.



Respond IMMEDIATELY to Requests for Information:

You may be selected by the federal processor or the College for Verification and be required to submit to the Financial Aid Office income documentation and a Verification Worksheet. Application processing STOPS until all documentation is received and the student file is complete.



File Complete:

After your file is complete, a review and determination of eligibility will be determined. Files are reviewed in the order they are received. Review time is a minimum of two weeks. All students are notified of their eligibility. Read the Financial Aid Award Guide and know the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy found on the web site under Financial Aid.


North Central Scholarships: Go to under Financial Aid, Scholarships. Deadline date is May 15 each year. Awards are based on academic excellence and specific scholarship requirements. Check out any clubs, organizations, and businesses with which you or your parents may be affiliated. Check out a search through legitimate sources only such as Scholarship searches should be free. Call the Financial Aid Office if you question the legitimacy of a provider.


Helpful Links: - U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA, Student Guide - Michigan Financial Aid information


The Financial Aid Office is located in Student Services at the main campus in Petoskey. Contact us:

phone: 231-348-6605
fax: 231-348-6685