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Financial Aid Handbook - Applying/Eligibility for Financial Aid

To apply for all federal financial aid, and most other types of aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For best consideration, the FAFSA should be completed by March 1 each year, however, FAFSA may be done at any time. You may complete the FAFSA at

In general, a student is considered eligible for some type of financial aid, including federal loans, if the student:

  • Is officially accepted to LMC and has either a high school diploma, or has completed the GED.
  • Is a U.S. citizen or eligible non‐citizen. Is not in default on a student loan nor owes a repayment on a student grant previously received. Also may not have exceeded federal loan limits, both aggregate or yearly.
  • Is making satisfactory academic progress at Lake Michigan College.
  • Is registered with Selective Service, if required to do so by law (male students only).
  • Is pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or a certificate in an approved program at LMC.
  • Is enrolled for classes before the end of the “drop/add period” for each semester.
  • Attends the classes that he/she enrolled in.
  • Has not received a drug conviction while receiving federal financial aid.

In addition to federal financial aid, you may apply for scholarships. Scholarship applications may be done online. Scholarships exist for many different areas such as, major, GPA, leadership ability, dedication to diversity, and area of residence. LMC awards over $400,000 in scholarships each academic year. Applications are generally due March 1 of each year, however, applications are accepted and encouraged even after the due date.