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Financial Aid
Financial Aid

If you haven't considered financial aid because you think you won't qualify, you should take another look. Financial aid eligibility is based on need, which is the cost of attending college minus what you and your family are expected to contribute. Nearly half of Lake Michigan College students receive some form of financial aid.

Financial aid is designed to supplement, not replace, a family's resources. All colleges expect student and families to contribute as much as possible toward college costs.

Many factors are considered in calculating financial aid eligibility including annual income, assets, expenses, and the number of family members, as well as how many of them are attending college. These factors are combined into a formula set by the federal government to determine how much you and your family are expected to pay toward your college expense.

New Financial Aid Notification Process
Starting with the 2012-13 academic year, the Financial Aid office will communicate with returning student through their assigned LMC email accounts. If you receive financial aid, check your LMC email account often. This is how you will find out about needed documents and updates on your financial aid status. Questions about process? Contact the Financial Aid office at or by calling (269) 927-8112.

Who is Eligible?

To receive aid from any of the federal and state student aid programs at LMC, students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have financial need, except for some scholarship and loan programs.  Financial need is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Have a high school/adult high school diploma, GED Certificate, or achieve qualifying scores on LMC’s approved tests to meet Ability to Benefit standards
  • Be accepted for enrollment in an eligible program at LMC
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards set by LMC (as mandated by federal law)
  • Certify that he/she is not in default on a federal student loan and does not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Register (or be registered) with the Selective Service, if required
  • Meet federal eligibility requirements regarding drug-related convictions

Questions about financial aid can be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (269) 927-8112 or by visiting the Student Services area on the Napier Avenue Campus. You can also call the Bertrand Crossing Campus at (269) 695-1391 or the South Haven Campus at (269) 637-7500.

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