Virtual and in-person information sessions begin Feb. 21

TRAVERSE CITY — High school students and families can learn more about NMC’s new, lower dual enrollment tuition rate for students from outside Grand Traverse County at several upcoming information sessions.

The new rate of $160 per contact hour will allow hundreds more students to access a fast track to an affordable college degree by dual-enrolling at NMC while still in high school, usually as a junior or senior.

School districts pay for dual enrollment, using a portion of their state funding to cover the tuition. Since a student’s residency factors into their NMC tuition rate, however, the state dollars haven’t always covered the total bill. Until now, families could be billed for the difference.

The new rate, unanimously approved by NMC’s Board of Trustees in January, is expected to cover the tuition and fee bill for three- and four-credit classes. This would eliminate out-of-pocket costs for most dual-enrolled students regardless of where they live, with the potential exception of books and course fees, where applicable, such as lab courses.

Five upcoming sessions give students and parents in-person and virtual options to learn more about dual enrollment, the application process and choosing courses aligned with their future goals. In-person sessions are held in the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center on NMC’s Front Street campus.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6–7:30 p.m. — Dual Enrollment Advising Session (In person or on Zoom)
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. — Dual Enrollment Advising Session (Zoom only)
  • Monday, Feb. 26, 6–7 p.m. — Dual Enrollment Information Session (In person or on Zoom)
  • Tuesday, March 12, 6–7 p.m. — Dual Enrollment Information Session (In person or on Zoom)
  • Wednesday, April 10, 6–7 p.m. — Dual Enrollment Information Session (In person or on Zoom)

The first two sessions focus more on what classes to take based on individual interests and goals, while the last three are focused on applying and admission. However, families can attend any session that fits their schedule.

Kaitlyn Watson, a 2020 graduate of Grand Traverse Academy, earned 42 credits through dual enrollment at NMC. With that head start, Watson graduated from Michigan State University with her bachelor’s degree in December 2022, just two and a half years after her high school commencement.

“Dual enrollment allowed me to complete college quickly, debt-free, and begin to pursue my true passions,” said Watson, who majored in statistics and now works for MSU. “It truly changed my life.”

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Release date: February 6, 2024

For more information:

Cari Noga
NMC Communications Director
(231) 392-1800 (mobile – call or text)



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