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Frequently Asked Questions
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- Your first step to college funding is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA allows you to access aid including Pell Grants (money that you do not have to pay back), federal loans, and work study. For more information, visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid web page
- Scholarships may be available online or through community sources. For more information visit the Bay College Scholarships web page
- Payment plans are available. For more information visit the Bay College Payment Plans web page
- We have several classes that do not require you to purchase a book, instead opting to use Open Educational Resources (OERs.) You may still opt to purchase the physical textbook at a greatly discounted price in our bookstore. For more information visit the Bay College Open Education web page
- If you are eligible, the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver may help if you meet the guidelines. For more information visit the Bay College Michigan Programs web page
- If you are eligible for Veteran Benefits, we will work with you to access your benefits. For more information visit the Bay College Veterans Benefits web page
- Alternative and private loans may be secured. For more information visit the Bay College Alternative Loans web page
- Michigan Works! has access to state funding for eligible individuals seeking training in local gainful employment. Michigan Works! may also be able to assist with paying for job-specific career needs (supportive services). For instance, a Welder who needs a mask or steel-toed boots may be eligible. For more information visit the Michigan Works web page
- Our Financial Aid Office is available to discuss all of your options. For more information visit the Bay College Financial Aid web page
- At Bay College, we see each student as a whole person who has needs that extend well beyond the classroom. To accommodate as many needs as possible, we have built many services.
- We have a Food Pantry which all students are welcome to utilize. For more information, visit the Bay Perks web page
- Our Career Closet offers gently-used clothing at no charge. While primarily meant as a resource for career-wear (including medical scrubs) you could also take clothes for date night, a wedding, or everyday wear. No need to return items – they’re yours to keep. For more information, visit the Bay Perks web page
- There are many Bay Perks that you receive as a student. For more information, visit the Bay Perks web page
- For Delta County residents, the Delta Area Transit Authority (DATA) may be able to assist you getting to and from class. For more information visit, visit the Delta Area Transit Authority web page
- The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) is an exceptional resource to connect to community services for assistance with many things including bill payment, childcare, transportation, and more. Just dial 2-1-1. For more information, visit the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) web page
- Talk to our Financial Aid Office. They are there to assist you in accessing resources to move you forward. For more information, visit the Bay College Financial Aid web page
- Your advisors will work with you to select a schedule that will work with your life.
- You can choose to be a full-time or a part-time student. Many of our adult students choose to start their college experience by taking 1 or 2 classes in the first semester.
- In addition to in-seat classes, we also have lots of online courses and hybrid courses (a smaller amount of time spent in the classroom along with online content). In fact, we even have full degrees that you can complete online. For more information, visit the Bay College Online Courses web page
- Staying organized will really help you be successful in classes. Schedule study time in addition to your family and work obligations. As a general rule (and this does vary by class), students should plan on 2-3 hours of study outside of class for every hour spend in class.
- You are more accomplished than you think. We hire our students as tutors and we work with your schedule to help you earn some money between classes. You will be trained and provided resources for this opportunity. Visit the Bay College Student Success Center or apply online to become a tutor
- You might find navigating college courses and the details challenging. The TRIO program provides professional mentoring in all things college and has a proven track record in helping student be successful, graduate and transfer. Offering students this mentoring provides you an easy place to check in with your questions and get the resources you need. Apply to Bay College online!
- YES! Regardless of what your grades were in high school, how long it’s been since you were in school, or how “book smart” you believe you are - we believe in you because we see people just like you every day who are doing great in college!
- We have tutoring services (we call this “Academic Support”) offered at no charge and at the times that work for you. We can even tutor you online! For more information, visit the Bay College Academic Support web page
- Our average class size is 15 people so we provide personal attention in classes – even the online ones. Our small classes are by design… we want to be present with you. When you are struggling, we want to give you options for assistance. When you are rocking your class, we want to celebrate with you!
- Many of our adult students express concern over “fitting in” with younger students. At Bay College, we have many lifelong learners! In fact, roughly half of our students are over the age of 25. Those who express this concern often check in and tell us how much they enjoy the variety of ages in their classes and that they feel it adds to the educational experience.
- The Office of Accessibility strives to reduce the impact of a disability on a student’s opportunity to learn and participate in campus life. For more information, visit the Bay College Accommodations web page
- If you need some unbiased advice, to talk something out, or just someone to listen, Counseling Services are available on campus for free. For more information visit, https://www.baycollege.edu/student-life/health-safety/counseling-services.php
- With 6 college credits taken in a semester, you have full access to the Delta and Dickinson County YMCA! For more information, visit the Northern Lights YMCA web page
- On the Escanaba campus, we offer walking trails, soccer fields, and a labyrinth.
- Meditation, yoga, and other restorative health services are offered on both campuses.
- SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lights are available for you to boost those serotonin levels!
- The YMCA in Escanaba offers free childcare Monday-Thursday 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM while you attend class. They anticipate adding a morning time-frame (potentially 9:00 AM - Noon) in the Winter semester. For more information, visit the Northern Lights YMCA web page or call 906-789-0005.
- Services like the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP), the Department of Health and Human Services, and Great Start to Quality may be able to assist with daycare needs.
- The best thing to do before starting college is to gather information about careers in the area you want to live in. Assuming you want to stay in the Upper Peninsula, speaking to individuals at Michigan Works! is an excellent way to discover opportunities that exist. They will also be able to assist with career-specific information such as wages and benefits for specific jobs. For more information, visit the Michigan Works web page
- If you are interested in a skilled-based (occupational) program at Bay College, faculty members for those specific programs will also give you great insight into the options that exist for you. For more information, Email the Bay%20College%20Admissions%20Office
- Personality and “soft skills” are what will get you jobs after you have the skills you need. Soft skills are things like teamwork, communication skills, eye contact, dependability, conflict resolution, problem-solving, a strong work ethic, and integrity.
- Both Bay College and Michigan Works! can assist with resume writing and soft-skill building.