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International Students


2021 - 2022 Academic Year

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North Central Michigan College is a public community college in Petoskey, Michigan, a city of approximately 7000 residents. The annual enrollment at the college is around 2100 students, with close to 100 students living in its on-campus residence hall. North Central Michigan College hosts an average of two International students per year.

Degrees Conferred at North Central Michigan College

Associate of Arts (AA): A degree designed to transfer to a four-year college or university by delivering typical freshman and sophomore year general education coursework. An AA degree is not awarded in a specific subject area, but its foundational courses allow the student to major in a subject area in his/her junior year.  We do have concentrations within the AA degree, currently offering a concentrations in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Early Childhood Education.
(Program Code: 300)

Associate of Science (AS): A degree similar to the AA degree, but with a strong emphasis on the natural sciences and mathematics. It is designed for the student who will transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue studies of a scientific nature.
(Program Code: 400)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS): A degree designed for the student who plans to pursue a career or advance his/her career immediately upon graduation. Students planning to pursue a bachelorʼs degree using the AAS as a foundation should carefully choose their coursework with an advisor to maximize transferability. The AAS degree is awarded in specific areas of expertise, e.g., the AAS in Business Management and Early Childhood Education.

Associate of General Studies (AGS): A degree designed for the student wishing flexibility in defining specific educational objectives. It can accommodate the student who plans to transfer as well as one who wishes to pursue a career immediately upon graduation. The AGS degree is not awarded in a specific subject area.
(Program Code: 600)

Not sure which direction to take? Exploring your options is much more effective when you do it with an experienced guide. North Central academic advisors and counselors can help you set goals and develop a plan for achieving them.

Call 888-298-6605 or 231-348-6605.



The College’s academic calendar is divided into two semesters and an eight-week summer session. The approximate dates are as follows:

Fall semester            15 weeks                    Early September to late December

Winter semester       16 weeks                    Early January to Early May

Summer semester    15 weeks                    Early May to August


Enrollment Requirements

International students following the F-1 Visa requirements must:

  1. Attend North Central Michigan on a full-time basis during the Fall and Winter semesters, taking a minimum of 12 credit hours (four regular courses) each semester.
  2. No more than one (1) course per semester may be in a “distance” format (online or other) and all coursework must originate from North Central Michigan College.
  3. Enrollment in the Summer Session is optional and not required for International students.


Residency for Purposes of Tuition

International students, as well as students holding various non-resident visa designations, are classified “Out-of-Michigan” for purposes of computing tuition rates. A change in residency status is possible only at the time that the international student obtains “permanent resident status,” commonly known as the “green card.”


Medical Insurance

International students must provide adequate medical insurance, including repatriation benefits, while enrolled at North Central Michigan College. International students are automatically enrolled in an affordable student accident and sickness insurance plan, and the charge is added to tuition and fees each semester. International students may arrange for their own health insurance, however, the policy must be proven adequate to substitute for the College-sanctioned plan.


Housing and Transportation

North Central maintains a modern, co-educational residence hall with furnished double rooms laid out in suite arrangements: every two rooms are connected by a private bathroom. Costs of living in the residence hall have been computed in the "living expenses" required from international students. The residence hall is not open during holidays or during the months of June, July and August. International students are not required to live in the residence hall.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from the College.



The F-1 student visa permits international students to work only for North Central Michigan College, up to a maximum of 20 hours per week, 40 hours per week during vacation periods. North Central Michigan College is a small campus with a limited number of student work positions, therefore the international student should not plan on work positions being available while attending the College.


Financial Responsibility

International students are expected to provide all money for any possible expenses they may incur. Expenses will include tuition, fees, books, room, board, transportation, entertainment, incidentals, travel, insurance, etc. Financial aid is not available to international students.


International Student Deposit

$750.00 refundable deposit is required from each international student attending North Central. The deposit is held for the student by the College in case of an emergency; this money is refunded to the international student at the completion of study with North Central, provided that the student has not incurred outstanding debts. The deposit cannot be used by the student to cover tuition or living expenses.


Admission Deadline Dates:

Deadlines for submitting application for admission (10 weeks prior to beginning of semester:)

For Fall Semester 2021:                  June 25, 2021

For Winter Semester 2022:            October 29, 2021


Estimated Student Expenses

Based on enrollment in 30 credits of coursework (5 courses each for the fall & winter semesters,) Academic Year 2021-22:
(Estimated expenses + 5%)


 Fall and Winter Semesters (36 weeks)
Tuition and Fees            $ 10,290.00
Room and Board       $ 7,800.00
Books & Supplies         $ 2,100.00
Estimated Medical Insurance   $ 1,400.00
Personal Expenses   $ 4,410.00
TOTAL      $ 26,000.00



Optional Summer Session
Tuition and Fees:       $ 2,810.00
Room and Board      $ 2,600.00
Books & Supplies      $    425.00
Estimated Medical Insurance   $    700.00
Personal Expenses      $    1,025.00
 TOTAL     $ 7,560.00


Contact Information         

We hope that your questions about being an International Student at North Central Michigan College have been answered by this informational packet. Please contact us if you have additional questions:

Joseph Balinski, Registrar:

North Central Michigan College
1515 Howard St.
Petoskey, Michigan   USA   49770
Telephone: 231-348-6700 or 1-888-298-6605
Fax: 231-439-6347



Application Packet

All the following items, #1 - 8, must be in the possession of North Central before an admissions decision can be made and before the I-20 can be issued:

  1. Submit an online application for admission to North Central Michigan College. All applicants seeking an F-1 visa must have an educational goal of a degree. To apply online, go to:  Follow instructions for applying for admissions
  2. Submit copies of all immigration documents (such as passport, visa, I-94, previous I-20).
  3. Submit all transcripts (translated to English). Transcripts of coursework completed at all secondary schools and universities must show an above-average academic record (U.S. letter grade of B). For international university-level coursework, we recommend having those transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency. North Central highly recommends Educational Credential Evaluators,
  4. Submit an official copy of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test results. Scores of 550 or higher on paper-based test213 or higher on computer-based test, or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test are required for admission. North Central Michigan College’s TOEFL code number is 1569. Exceptions to the TOEFL requirement include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States (other than Puerto Rico).
  5. Complete and submit the enclosed Declaration of Finances. It must be completed in its entirety before the admissions process can proceed; the student must demonstrate the equivalent amount of resources as the length of program being sought. Bank statements, when used as proof of financial ability, must be dated within the last four months.
  6. Submit the International Student Certificate of Health form, completed by a medical physician.
  7. Submit a check or money order for the refundable International Student deposit (US$750.)
  8. If applicant is transferring from another U.S. school, sign and submit the Student Privacy Release on the Request for Information on F-1 Transfer Student.


Issuing of the I-20:

  1. If the applicant is requesting initial entry to the U.S. on an F-1 visa, a completed I-20 will be mailed to the applicant in their home country.
  2. For new entry or change of status, once the I-20 is issued, please visit to pay the required SEVIS I-901 fee. Credit card, check or money order is accepted. The SEVIS number, printed at the top of the I-20, is needed to pay this $200.00 fee.
  3. U.S. embassy or consulate officials will require your I-20 and official North Central Michigan College acceptance letter when considering your request for an F-1 visa. They may also want to see your financial support documents as well as the receipt for the paid SEVIS fee. The visa will be issued no earlier than 30 days prior to the beginning of the College semester.
  4. If the applicant is requesting a transfer from another U.S. school, a completed I-20 will be mailed to the applicant at their local address. The I-20 will be issued after the applicant has registered for and attended classes at North Central Michigan College.
  5. If the applicant is requesting a change of visa status to an F-1 student visa, obtain form I-539 from the USCIS website at Complete, sign and submit the I-539. You may wish to contact an immigration attorney to assist with the process. Change of visa status may take 3 months to process. A completed I-20 will be mailed to the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) for review and a photocopy of the I-20 will be mailed to the applicant. INS will send the applicant the official copy of the I-20 when the request for change of status is approved.


Enrolling in classes:

  1. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test, administered in Learning Support Services at North Central Michigan College.
  2. Attend an Orientation session, then meet with the International Student Advisor in to select your classes.
  3. Register for the required number of credits each semester.





ACADEMIC YEAR 2021 – 2022


The I-20 will not be authorized until this form is completed and returned to the institution to which you are applying. The institution will attach a copy of this form to the I-20. Both the Declaration of Finances and the I-20 must be shown to the U.S. Consul to obtain a visa.


Applicant’s Name:  _________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                

                              Last (Family)                                         First                                         Middle


Home Address: 







Estimated Student Expenses (USD)

(Based on enrollment in 30 credit hours of coursework, for Academic year 2021-22:)

 Fall and Winter Semesters (35 weeks)
Tuition and Fees            $ 10,290.00
Room and Board       $ 7,800.00
Books & Supplies         $ 2,100.00
Estimated Medical Insurance   $ 1,400.00
Personal Expenses   $ 4,410.00
TOTAL      $26,000.00



Optional Summer Session
Tuition and Fees:       $ 2,810.00
Room and Board      $ 2,600.00
Books & Supplies      $    425.00
Estimated Medical Insurance   $    700.00
Personal Expenses      $    1,025.00
 TOTAL     $ 7,560.00


Student's Sources of Funds


                                                                           First Year:                                      Second Year:

Personal or Family Savings

A bank official’s signature is required

on the certification below, if the student

is partially or totally supported by

personal savings:                                                 $                                                $                                  


Parents and/or Sponsors

See next page for certification details:             $                                                 $                                  


Your Government

Enclose with this form a signed

copy of your letter of award:                                $                                                 $                                


Other (Specify)

Enclose with this form a signed affidavit

from an authorized person to certify

the accuracy of this entry:                                   $                                                 $                                 



The total must equal or exceed

North Central Michigan College’s estimate

of expenses for one year:                                 $                                               $                                      


Official Certification of Sources of Funds and Amounts


Print Name of Applicant:                                                                                                                             


Bank or Financial Institution Certification – if student will be financed through personal or family savings.

Enclosed is a bank statement dated within the last four months verifying funds are available for the applicant whose name is on this form.

This is to certify that I have read the information furnished by the applicant, that it is a true and accurate statement, and that the funds are available.

Signature of Bank Official:





Name of Bank:


Address of Bank:




Statement of Sponsor Providing Financial Support.

Enclosed is a bank statement dated within the last four months and an earnings statement verifying funds are available for the applicant whose name is on this form. An earnings statement may include one of the following: previous year income tax statement, letter from employer or two recent paycheck stubs verifying current and year-to-date earnings.


Student Certification       

I am willing and able to provide no less than $_______________________USD (United States Dollars) in cash to the applicant whose name is on this form, for each year of study at North Central Michigan College.


Signature of Sponsor:_______________________________________________________________


Print Name of Sponsor:______________________________________________________________




Full Mailing Address:








My Relationship to the Applicant  is:




I certify that the information provided here is correct and complete.


Signature of Student:_________________________________________________________________




North Central Michigan College Certification

I have reviewed the declaration and any attached documents and approve Issuance of the I-20.


Signature of DSO:_________________________________________________________________________________ 



North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, Michigan 49770







Please complete and return to North Central Michigan College


Petoskey, Michigan 49770, U.S.A.


To be completed by a physician and sent directly to the International Student Advisor, North Central Michigan College, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, Michigan, 49770 U.S.A.


Full Name of Applicant: 

First Name: __________________________________________________________________________________        

Other Names:

Family Name: ________________________________________________________________________________



Number and Street: ___________________________________________________________________________                                     

City: __________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                         

Country: ______________________________________________________________________________________


Age: ___________ Nationality: ___________________________________________________________________



I.    History

(a)       Annotate with a mark (X) if applicant has/had any of the following;

(If marked, please annotate date of positive findings):

( ) Rheumatic Fever    ( ) Tuberculosis                        ( ) Lues

( ) Malaria                    ( ) G. C.                                       ( ) Other____________


(b)       Give details of any injury, illness, or operation during the past five years:

(Be sure to list all illnesses of injuries.)


Injury/Illness/Operation: _____________________________________    

From: ____________To:____________


Injury/Illness/Operation: ______________________________________   

From: ____________To:____________


Injury/Illness/Operation: _______________________________________ 

From: ____________To:____________



(c)       Annotate with a mark (Xonly if any of the following apply to this applicant:

( ) Diabetes                  ( ) Heart Condition                 ( ) Epilepsy

( ) Hypertension          ( ) Blood Disorder                   ( ) Lung Disease


If any of the above were checked, please explain briefly.





Please indicate blood type: ___________


(d)       Mental Status:

Please indicate if applicant has ever received treatment or counseling for any of the following:

( ) Emotional Disturbances                 ( ) Nervous Disorders

( ) Mental Illness                                   ( ) Behavioral Disorders


II.   Summary


I believe this applicant (circle one)     is     is not   physically able to carry on a full course of study, involving many hours of work in the United States. In my opinion, the applicant’s health and physical condition is:

( ) Excellent                 ( ) Good                      ( ) Fair            ( ) Poor


Additional Remarks





Signature of Examining Physician: _________________________________________________________             

Date: _________________________________


Please type:                                                                                                                                                  

                               Physician Name: _________________________________________________________  


                               Address: _________________________________________________________________                                                   


                               City: ___________________________________        Country: _____________________


                               International Area Code & Telephone Number: _____________________________





NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE                  1-888-298-6605


TO: International Student Advisor at:



RE: Student:


INS Admission Number:


This student is applying to North Central Michigan College for:                                                                    

Semester: _______________________         Year: _________________

To complete the INS transfer process, we would like to verify that the student was in valid F-1 status at your school in the term preceding the transfer or preceding an authorized vacation. Please indicate below if you can certify the status of this student, including any certifications of full course of study you may have granted under the regulations. If not, any information you can provide in support of a request for reinstatement to student status would be of great help. You will find the student’s release of information authorization below.

Best regards,

Joseph Balinski, Registrar



Student Privacy Release – I hereby authorize the Designated School Official at my former school to provide the information requested to North Central Michigan College.


  _____________________________________________________________________________      Student signature                                                             Date


_____I certify this student is in lawful status under the INS regulations.

_____I am unable to certify lawful status for the following reason: 



Has the student participated in any Optional Practical Training? ____Yes ____No

My school is on a ____Semester   ____Quarter ____Tri-semester system.


Designated School Official Signature: ________________________________________      

Date: â€‹_________________


Return Completed form to: International Student Advisor

                                                 North Central Michigan College

                                                 1515 Howard St.

                                                 Petoskey, Michigan  49770

                                                 Or Fax to 231-439-6347