Northern Michigan University offers a variety of scholarships and awards to admitted students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus. The provided links give more information about each type of scholarship. Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid. International students will find information here.
First Year Scholarships
Scholarships designated for first year students pertain to students who have not attended any college/post-secondary institution after high school graduation and plan to enroll on NMU's campus. International students will find information here.
NMU will use the overall cumulative GPA reported on the high school transcript. If a high school computes more than one GPA (e.g. weighted and unweighted), we will use the higher of the two.
Freshman Fellowship: Application are available for NMU's Freshman Fellowship Program, up to $1,000 awards. The awards are based on 4-5 hours per week work with a faculty mentor earned throughout the year in a wide variety of academic fields, including biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, education, history, geography, nursing and psychology. Minimum of 3.5 or higher high school gpa, and a score of 24 or higher on the ACT (or combined score of 1160 or higher on the SAT).
NMU Board of Trustee Grant: Need based institutional grant available to students who have not yet earned a bachelor degree. Amount varies based on annual FAFSA results. Eligible students will automatically be awarded at the time of the initial financial aid award notice. Both financial need and academic performance are considerations for eligibility. Award amount is subject to reduction/cancellation based on subsequent receipt of other resources/scholarships. Requires at least half-time enrollment, but will be pro-rated when enrolled less than full-time. Not available to Global Campus or international students. Eligibility for this grant expires after a student has attempted 150 or more credit hours of undergraduate work.
Talent Recognition Awards are available in art and design, music and theater. Please contact those departments directly to arrange auditions or submit portfolios and to obtain more detailed information.
NMU Donor-Funded Scholarships - Scholarships listed here are funded by private donors and have varying eligibility requirements for both need and merit-based applicants. Some scholarships are program-specific, while others are open to any major.
Other Awards (NMU ROTC Room/Board Scholarship, Michigan Army and Air National Guard Grant, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver and NMU Employee Dependent Children Tuition Program)
Important Notes Regarding Scholarships
New freshmen and new transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New freshmen and new transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new freshmen and new transfer awards, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts or test scores) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.
Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:
were eligible for renewal at the time they left NMU.
have not attended another college or university between enrollments at NMU.
are within the "consecutive semesters" timeline that began with the original awarding date of said scholarship. Semesters away from NMU do count in the consecutive semesters timeline.
Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our freshmen or transfer scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility.