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Young Americans

North Central Michigan College is proud to have an affiliation with the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, located in Corona, California. This affiliation give the Young American students the ability to earn the Associate of General Studies (AGS) from North Central Michigan College.  The Young American College of the Performing Arts has other degrees available, please contact the California Campus for information on those degrees.   This web presence is designed to answer many general questions you may have about the program and getting started.

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Admission Process for Young American Students

To become a student at North Central Michigan College, complete each of the following steps. Read all steps before completing the application.








Apply for Admission to North Central Michigan College, it’s FREE

Complete a North Central online application.  Apply online

The admissions office will send you an email acknowledging the receipt of your application and provide information on your next steps. Until you complete all steps, you are not admitted.

The North Central program with the Young Americans is a selective admit program. You may be admitted to the College but not to the Young American program. You must be selected to participate by the Young Americans and also complete the steps below to become a North Central YA student in this program.



Request Transcripts

Have an official copy of your high school transcript and other colleges/universities attended transcripts (if applicable) sent to North Central Michigan College, Admissions Office, 1515 Howard Street, Petoskey, MI 49770. You are responsible for all fees.

If you have not graduated from high school or received a certificate of completion in high school, you are still eligible to apply, but not to receive Federal financial aid. If you wish to apply for financial aid, you must complete a GED.

Veterans must have official transcripts from prior colleges/universities and service training evaluated before benefits will be certified.



Determining Placement in English and Math

All Young American students who plan to take advantage of the partnership program between North Central and the Young Americans program, are on a degree track. Degree-seeking students must provide North Central with documents that will be used for proper assessment and subsequent placement into required English and Math courses.

These documents satisfy assessment criteria:

  • COMPASS, ACT scores, SAT scores or Accuplacer;
  • High School Transcript showing cumulative grade point average with at least the completion of your fall semester in your senior year.
  • Transcripts from another accredited college or university;
  • Advanced Placement (AP) scores from The College Board.

Students must complete any of the options before the deadline date of July 28. Placement Scores and official transcripts must be sent and received by North Central by the deadline date. It is the student's responsibility to request transcripts from The College Board (AP) or any other college/university.



Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Follow the financial aid steps for a step-by-step process Click on this link to start: Financial Aid Step.

APPLY EARLY! You will want to know how to budget while in California.

You must have sent in your assessment scores and completed YA Orientation before your financial aid will be reviewed. You must be an admissible student to have financial aid awarded.



Pay for classes

Visit our academic calendar for early payment date and more information.  Please note – If you have not received your financial aid award notification (found in the My North Central portal), you are still responsible for payment by due date or you will be dropped from your classes.

You will be billed for your North Central Young American courses separately from your Young American courses. This is done in September and January. Bills will be sent to the address listed on your academic record. If in addition you have regular online North Central courses you are held to the payment deadlines published on the academic calendar or your classes will be dropped for non-payment. You are also held responsible for any other dates on the academic calendar.



Purchase Books

You can visit the online bookstore to view the books required for your courses. Check with Young American staff in California before purchasing your books for California classes.



Use Your North Central Michigan College Portal and Free College Email Account

You received a username and password when you applied for admission. You will use these to enter the North Central Portal and access your email.

Your North Central Portal has important content information on your bill, financial aid, grades, unofficial transcripts and more.

Your MyMaill (email) account will contain college correspondence. You are held responsible for notifications/deadlines whether you access them or not. Financial aid and the Business Office use this system. No appeals for missed deadlines or requests for information.

Can’t remember your login information? Contact the Help Desk at (231) 348-6617.



Release of Information Form

If your parents will be calling North Central on your behalf, the Release of Information Form must be signed by you and the parent who will call in order for us to speak to them in detail about your status. A copy of the signed form is sent or faxed to the Records Office.

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Young Americans LogoContact Us:


General Questions and Academic Advising

Douglas Tippett - Academic Advisor


Financial Aid (grants, loans, scholarships)

Virginia Panoff - Director of Financial Aid


Christine Breed - Financial Aid Advisor


Billing Questions
Heather Dow - Business Office Cashier


Forgot your password, trouble with Portal
Help Desk