2023-2024 Transfer Scholarships

Based on academic record, students entering Fall 2023, Winter 2024 or Summer 2024 may also be eligible for one of the awards listed below. 

Wildcat Merit Scholarships and Bridge Awards are automatically awarded to admitted students who meet the GPA, enrollment term, and residency criteria. No application is necessary. The Bridge Award fills the out-of-state tuition gap.

Michigan Resident Scholarships

Non-Michigan Resident Scholarships

Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

Students who complete college-level work prior to receiving their high school diploma are considered to be entering first-year students (with credit). New freshman/first-year admission and scholarship policies apply.  NMU class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) is determined after college transcripts are received and evaluated transfer credit. Please see Early College Credit for more information. 

*Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid.

Important Notes Regarding Transfer Scholarships

New transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new transfer scholarships, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

Presidential Scholars Competition

For transfer students who will are currently attending a community college, planning to enroll at NMU in Fall 2023, the Presidential Scholars Competition is designed for transfer students to compete for one "full-ride" scholarship. Approximately 200 additional scholarships will be awarded to participants. This year's competition will take place in-person, on NMU's campus, with a virtual option available if needed. 

To apply for the scholarship competition, students must be admitted, with a 3.5+ GPA, at least 30 college credits, currently attending a community college.  

Registration deadlines apply.

Major Awards
Harden Scholarship: "full-ride" scholarship
Additional Scholarships Awards
Waldo Scholarship: $9,000 ($3,000/year)
Kaye Munson Scholarship: $3,000 ($1,000/year)
NMU Leadership Scholarships$6,000 ($2,000/year)

Michigan Resident Wildcat Merit Scholarships

Michigan Residents pay in-state tuition rates.

Amount Award

College GPA (+12 Credits)

$4,500 ($1,500/year) Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.0-3.24
$6,000 ($2,000/year) Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.24-3.49
$7,500 ($2,500/year) Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.50-3.74
$9,000 ($3,000/year) Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.75.3.89
$12,000 (4,000/year) Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.9+

 

Michigan Residents Scholarship and Tuition Sheet

Renewal Criteria

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Non-Michigan Resident Bridge Award and Wildcat Merit Scholarships

The Bridge Award fills the out-of-state tuition gap! 

Amount Award

College GPA (+12 Credits)

$16,800 ($5,600/year)  Bridge Award 2.25 and higher
$19,800 ($6,600/year) Bridge + Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.5-3.74
$22,800 ($7,600/year) Bridge + Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.75-3.89
$25,800 ($8,600/year) Bridge + Wildcat Merit Scholarship 3.9-3.99
$28,800 ($9,600/year) Bridge + Wildcat Merit Scholarship 4.0+

Non-Michigan Residents Scholarship and Tuition Sheet

Renewal Criteria


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award

$1,000/yr. for new students with proof of membership in the Phi Theta Kappa College Honor Society. Proof of membership, such as a copy of your PTK membership certificate, should be provided to the Admissions Office.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Renewal eligibility reviewed annually after the conclusion of each Winter semester
  • Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA. (Cumulative NMU GPA of 2.25 for renewal of NMU Incentive Fund)
  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements. 

Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left 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.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).


Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our transfer scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility. 

PAST ACADEMIC YEAR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Based on academic record, students entering Fall 2022, Winter 2023 or Summer 2023 may also be eligible for one of the awards listed below. 

All new admitted transfer students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus* are automatically considered for the Transfer Merit Scholarship. Scholarship amounts differ based on residency status. 

In-State Transfer Merit Scholarships

Out-of-State Transfer Merit Scholarships

 Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

Students who complete college-level work prior to receiving their high school diploma are considered to be entering first-year students (with credit). New freshman/first-year admission and scholarship policies apply.  NMU class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) is determined after college transcripts are received and evaluated transfer credit. Please see Early College Credit for more information. 

*Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid.

New transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new transfer scholarships, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

In-State Transfer Merit Scholarships

Michigan Residents pay in-state tuition rates.

Annual Amount

College GPA (+12 Credits)

$1,000 3.0-3.29
$1,500 3.30-3.49
$2,000 3.50-3.89
$3,000 3.90-4.00

 

Michigan Residents Scholarship and Tuition Sheet

 

Out-of-State Transfer Merit Scholarships

These scholarships cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates, with additional scholarship dollars based on college GPA.

Annual Amount

College GPA (+12 Credits)

$6,600 3.0-3.29
$7,100 3.30-3.49
$7,600 3.50-3.89
$8,600 3.90-4.00

 

NMU Incentive Fund
This fund reduces the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. 

Annual Amount College GPA
$3,000 2.0 - 2.99

Non-Michigan Residents Scholarship and Tuition Sheet

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award

$1,000/yr. for new students with proof of membership in the Phi Theta Kappa College Honor Society. Proof of membership, such as a copy of your PTK membership certificate, should be provided to the Admissions Office.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Renewal eligibility reviewed annually after the conclusion of each Winter semester
  • Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA. (Cumulative NMU GPA of 2.00 for renewal of NMU Incentive Fund)
  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements. 

Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left 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.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).


Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our transfer scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility. 

 

Based on academic record, students entering Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or Summer 2022 may also be eligible for one of the awards listed below. 

All new admitted transfer students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus* are automatically considered for the Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship (see levels below). 

Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the Transfer National Academic Award and the NMU Incentive Fund. The Transfer National Academic Award and the NMU Incentive Fund can be added to the Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

*Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid.

More Information can be found here: Scholarship Sheet

Important Notes Regarding Transfer Scholarships

New transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new transfer scholarships, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

 

2021 Winter Awards
Michigan Residents

Transfer students enrolling full-time on the NMU campus* for the first time this January will receive extra funding for the winter 2021 semester, in addition to the Transfer Achievement Awards listed below. 

  • College GPA of 2.0-4.0 - Receive $1,000 toward your Winter 2021 semester bill.
  • Phi Theta Kappa members - Get a $1,000 boost to your NMU Transfer PTK Award!  Your $500/semester award will automatically be raised to $,1500 for the winter semester, and will continue at $1,000 per year for future semesters.  
  • Students who earned freshman scholarships for Fall 2020 who enroll at NMU for the first time in Winter 2021 will receive their freshman award or transfer award - whichever is greater.

Non-Michigan Residents:

Students who earned freshman scholarships for Fall 2020 who enroll on the NMU campus* for the first time in Winter 2021 will receive their freshman award or transfer award - whichever is greater.

 

Transfer Wildcat Achievement Awards

Annual Amount

College GPA (+12 Credits)

$1,000 3.0-3.29
$1,500 3.30-3.49
$2,000 3.50-3.89
$3,000 3.90-4.00

 

U.P Grant

NMU is investing in U.P. students with our U.P. Grant. You could receive up to $4,000! Eligibility requirements include:

  • Upper Peninsula resident
  • Enrolled at NMU in fall 2021 as a new first-year freshman or transfer student
  • Household income of $100,000 or less
  • FAFSA submitted to NMU for current year (used to verify household income)
    • Full-time enrollment (12 or more credits per semester)

More information about the UP Grant can be found here


*Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid.

 

Other Awards

The National Academic Award and NMU Incentive Fund are for Non-Michigan residents only. These scholarships reduce the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. 

College GPA only considered if 12+ credits have been taken after high school graduation. If less than 12 credits taken after high school graduation, then HS and college information will be used and award will be the appropriate freshman scholarship.

National Academic Award

Annual Amount College GPA 
$5,600 3.0 or higher

NMU Incentive Fund

Annual Amount College GPA
$3,000 2.0-2.99

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award

$1,000/yr. for Phi Theta Kappa members transferring to NMU from a two-year college

 

Renewal Eligibility

  • Renewal eligibility reviewed annually after the conclusion of each Winter semester
  • Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA. 
    • Exception: NMU Incentive Fund: cumulative 2.0 NMU GPA
  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements. 

Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left 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.

 

Enrollment Requirements

Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).


Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our transfer scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility. 

Based on academic record, students entering Fall 2020, Winter 2021 or Summer 2021 may be eligible for one of the awards listed below. 

All new admitted transfer students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus** are automatically considered for the Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship (see levels below). 

Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the Transfer National Academic Award. The Transfer National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

**Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid.

 

WILDCAT TRANSFER ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP & TRANSFER NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARD

Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship

 

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours).

Renewal Eligibility:

  • Renewal eligibility reviewed annually after the conclusion of each Winter semester
  • Cumulative 3.00 NMU GPA.
  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements. 

Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left 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.

Other Awards

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award: $1,000/yr. for Phi Theta Kappa members transferring to NMU from a two-year college. Proof of membership, such as a copy of your PTK membership certificate, should be provided to the Admissions Office.

Important Notes Regarding Transfer Scholarships

New transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new transfer scholarships, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

Post-Baccalaureate (post-bac) students are not eligible for our Transfer scholarships. Other types of financial assistance may be available. Please consult with the financial aid office regarding your eligibility. 

FOR NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THE FALL 2017 THROUGH SUMMER 2020

Based on your academic record you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below. 

All new admitted transfer students who will be enrolled on the NMU Campus** are automatically considered for the Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship (see levels below). 

Global Campus online students should refer to nmu.edu/onlineaid. International students will find information here.   

Non-Michigan resident students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for the Transfer National Academic Award. 
The Transfer National Academic Award can be added to the Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship. Enrolling in web-based or off-campus courses may impact this award.

WILDCAT TRANSFER ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP & TRANSFER NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARD
 

Wildcat Transfer Achievement Scholarship

Renewal Eligibility

  • Students may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • For the Wildcat Achievement Scholarships, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 NMU GPA and full-time enrollment. Reviewed annually after winter semester. 
  • For the Transfer National Academic Award, students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 NMU GPA and full-time enrollment. Reviewed annually after winter semester. 
  • Students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements. 

Re-entry students may have their original NMU scholarship reinstated if they:

  • were eligible for renewal at the time they left 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.

Other Awards

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award: $500/yr. for Phi Theta Kappa members transferring directly to NMU from a two-year college. Proof of membership, such as a copy of your PTK membership certificate, should be provided to the Admissions Office.

Important Notes Regarding Transfer Scholarships

New transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the new transfer scholarships, students who may meet the criteria after admission but prior to enrollment at NMU (due to updated transcripts) should contact the Admissions Office. Upon review, if students meet the criteria, they will receive written notification regarding the scholarship they will be awarded.

NMU SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NEW TRANSFER STUDENTS
ENROLLING IN FALL 2016 OR WINTER 2017 OR SUMMER 2017

Based on your academic record, you may be eligible for one of the awards listed below.

All transfer students who apply to NMU are automatically considered for our “Excellence, Honors, Success” awards upon admission. All scholarships require full-time enrollment.

View your potential award by using our online scholarship tool: www.nmu.edu/admissions/NetPriceCalculator.

New Transfers**

Michigan Residents   College
GPA
Non-Michigan
Residents
 
NMU Excellence Award $2000/yr.          3.8 - 4.0 NMU National
Excellence Award
$5000/yr.        
NMU Honors Award $1500/yr. 3.6 - 3.79 NMU National Honors Award $4000/yr.
NMU Success Award $1000/yr. 3.00 - 3.59 NMU National
Success Award
$3000/yr.

**Minimum requirements: 12 or more college-level credits after high school graduation and a 3.00 cumulative college GPA.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Transfers may receive scholarships for up to 6 semesters, or until completion of first bachelor's degree, whichever comes first.
  • Must maintain a cumulative 3.0 NMU G.P.A. and full-time enrollment.
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.

Other Awards

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Award

Eligibility:

Students must transfer directly from a two-year college.

Amount:

$500 per year.

How to Apply:

Submit proof of membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Enrollment Requirements:

Full-time enrollment.
Renewal: Up to 6 total semesters, full-time enrollment and meet  Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements.

Talent Recognition Awards: Amounts vary for awards in art/design, music and theater. Contact academic department directly to arrange auditions or obtain detailed information.

NMU Donor-Funded Scholarships: The award amounts, criteria and availability for these donor-gifted scholarships vary. The application period is usually in February.

Alumni Legacy Scholarship 

Non-Michigan Resident: Alumni Dependent Tuition Program: In-state tuition rates for non-resident children and grandchildren of alumni who earned an Associate degree or higher from NMU. See important details.

Important Notes Regarding Transfer Scholarships

New transfer students who meet the criteria for a scholarship to NMU will receive a letter of notification regarding the scholarship. New transfer students who do not meet the criteria or do not receive the scholarship will not be notified. For the 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.