Admissions & Aid

Your Application Checklist

Below you’ll find complete instructions for completing your application.


Be prepared to share your accomplishments and your career goals. The interview will
take 20-30 minutes and must be completed before your application can be forwarded to
the Admissions Selection Committee for Admittance.


Select your program and your preferred start year, and Apply for Admission. GLBBS’ application requires a $100 fee to be paid online or by mailing a check to the school at 485 S. Meridian St. Cedarville, MI 49719. If you are unable to pay the $100 fee, you may now submit a Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver form.


Request an official copy of your most recent high school transcript or GED results. Home school students who do not have a transcript should complete the Home School Supplement form. For those who cannot access their transcript, please complete the Admissions Requirement Attestation Form


Submit Letter(s) of Reference, submit unofficial copies of your ACT/SAT Test Scores, submit FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

If you have any questions, please contact our Admissions Advisor at (906) 484-1081.

If you have submitted a FAFSA, you will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office if more information is needed. Your official award letter will be sent to you after review.

The Great Lakes Boat Building School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Nikki Storey, President
485 S. Meridian, Cedarville, MI 49719


GLBBS Scholarships

GLBBS Scholarships and Tuition Assistance opportunities are available to assist qualified students based on both financial need and merit.

Hands-On Scholarship – up to $3,000

The Hands-On Scholarship is a competitive award based on the student’s ability to demonstrate or describe and picture a project they have completed in the past four years. Submissions may be in the form of a short video or a picture of a completed project by the student.

Students may submit up to three entries that demonstrate their skill at creating, constructing, and building things. At least one picture must be of work completed solely by the student. Each entry must include a written description of the item that includes the materials and tools used, the length of time from start to completion, and the purpose of the item.

Great Lakes Regional Award – up to $3,000

The Great Lakes Regional Award is available to one student whose primary residence is a state connected to the Great Lakes (Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana) plus Ontario, Canada. To apply the student must demonstrate residency and submit an application by September 1, 2020.

RPM Foundation Scholarship – up to $2,3750

The RPM Foundation supports restoration and preservation training programs for the next generation of automotive, motorcycle and marine craftsmen. The services, resources, and grants provided by RPM safeguard the future of the collector vehicle industry by sustaining hands-on training for young adults.

GLBBS Scholarship – up to $5,000

A number of criteria are used in awarding these scholarships which are provided through the generous gifts of donors.

Frank “Duke” Harding Memorial Fund – up to $2,500

The Harding Family formed the Duke Harding Memorial Fund to provide an annual scholarship to one student attending Great Lakes Boat Building School.  Both demonstrated need and merit are considered in the selection of this scholarship.

Thomas “Tommy” Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund – funding dependent

The E.J. Mertaugh Family formed the Thomas “Tommy” Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund in special memory of their beloved son and brother Thomas N. Mertaugh, best known to the world of wooden boat enthusiasts as “Tommy”. Tommy’s death at only 47 years of age, stunned the wooden boating world. His grandfather, Eugene J. Mertaugh, founded the first Chris-Craft dealership in the country operating within the family through the next two generations. In 2000, Tommy and his father Jim, and brother, Dan created Classic and Antique Boats with Tommy Administering the business. It became known as one of the finest restoration shops in the country, with its boats winning top prizes nationally. Tommy was a dedicated supporter of GLBBS by serving on the original Steering Committee and Board of Directors prior to his death. The scholarship is awarded to students who are truly dedicated to becoming highly skilled builders, restorers, and finishers in the wooden boat trade. This scholarship fund is held at the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation.

George H. Nickels Memorial Endowment Scholarship Fund – funding dependent

The sole purpose of this fund shall be to provide a scholarship to a student attending the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan. The selection of the student(s) for this special scholarship award will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Great Lakes Boat Building School, as appointed by the Board of Trustees. Graduates who received a George H. Nickels Scholarship shall be recognized as such at graduation and called George H. Nickels Scholars. This scholarship fund is held at the Les Cheneaux Community Foundation.


Federal Financial Aid – Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid provides billions in grants, loans and work-study funds to help pay for college.  In order to apply for federal student aid (including loans), state and GLBBS aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine student eligibility.   The application is based on income records from the prior tax year and requires parent information for dependent students.

The FAFSA must be completed each year the student wishes to apply for financial aid. Make sure to include GLBBS’s Federal School Code on your FAFSA, it is 042800.

The 2019-20 FAFSA can be completed October 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020 and is used to apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year, which includes these start dates:

  • January 6, 2020*  EXTENDED
  • Summer Semester – June 1 – Sept. 4

The income information needed to complete the FAFSA form can be found on a previously filed tax return. (The 2019–20 FAFSA form requires your 2017 tax data.) If you are not able to do the IRS Data Retrieval on the FAFSA and do not have a copy of your tax return, you may be able to access the tax software used to prepare the return or contact your tax preparer to obtain a copy. You also may visit to view and download a summary (called a “transcript”) of your tax return or to request that a tax transcript be sent to you by mail. The IRS Data Retrieval is the easiest way to input your tax information onto the FAFSA.

The 2020-21 FAFSA can be completed October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021 and will be used to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year which includes these start dates:

  • Fall Semester – Sept. 14, 2020 to Jan. 8, 2021
  • Spring Semester – Jan. 11, 2021 to April 30, 2021
  • Summer Semester – May 10, 2021 to August 20, 2021

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External Scholarships

National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Scholarship

About the Scholarship: NMRA is offering a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding student pursuing education and a career in the marine trades. High school seniors, and college and vocational students may apply.


Recreational Boating Industries Educational Fund (RBIEF)

About the Scholarship: RBIEF offers college scholarships for students who are enrolled or enrolling in higher education or technical courses and who have an interest in pursuing careers in the marine industry


Veterans Benefits

Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and commitment. We are very proud and humbled to have the privilege to serve our military families and are here to assist you in any way that we can.

As a member of the military, you have access to education benefits that are designed to help you set the groundwork for your future career and ease the transition into the civilian workforce after completing your service commitment. GLBBS can help you prepare for success in your chosen field. GI Bill® educational benefits may be used by an eligible veteran or other eligible person during their attendance at the school. For information about what types of benefits are available, how to apply for these benefits, how to fill out a Veterans online application, and to view payment rates, go to:

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at

Cost of Attendance

The “Cost of Attendance” is reviewed annually, and includes tuition, fees, tools, books, and projected living/personal expenses. This is the best cost estimate for a student to participate in the Comprehensive Career Boat Building Program or the Marine Service Technology Program. Students are responsible for securing housing, meals, transportation, and other personal expenses.

Cost of Attendance 2020-2021
ANNUAL TUITION $19,000 $19,000
TOOL ALLOWANCE $1,290 $1,050
BOOKS & SUPPLIES $225 $105
OFF CAMPUS HOUSING $4,785 $4,785
BOARD – ONE PERSON $3,000 $3,000
PERSONAL & MISC. $1,370 $1,370
TOTAL COA $30,170 $29,810
Cost of Attendance 2019-2020 (CCBB Program)
ANNUAL TUITION $19,000 $19,000
TOOL ALLOWANCE $1,225 $1,225
BOOKS & SUPPLIES $225 $225
OFF CAMPUS HOUSING $4,680 $5,400
BOARD – Dependent Student* $2,400
BOARD – Independent Student* $4,900
PERSONAL & MISC. $1,100 $1,200
TRAVEL $400 $400
TOTAL COA $29,530 $32,850

* Based on USDA Food Plan Costs
U.S. average x 44 wks, January 2018

Additional Cost Consideration (Professional Judgment Approval Required)

Upon request, the student’s Cost of Attendance may be increased for the following reasons:

  1. Additional mileage or travel expense, if daily travel exceeds 10 miles per day.
  2. Child care dependent costs, with proof of expenses.
  3. ABYC certification expenses, with proof of cost.
  4. One time purchase of a laptop, with proof of cost, if required by program.
  5. Unusual housing costs, if lower cost housing is not available.

If seeking an increase to your Cost of Attendance budget, please contact the Director of Financial Aid.

U.S. Department of Education’s Net Price Calculator

In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended (20 U.S.C. § 1015a), beginning on October 29, 2011, each postsecondary institution in the United States that participates in Title IV federal student aid programs and enrolls full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students is required to post a net price calculator on its website. It is based on information from the most current completed academic year (class of 2015).

Calculations are based on the parameters for a first time, first year student during a standard academic school year. This means that the summer quarter is not included in the calculator’s calculations. Results are dependent on the accuracy and completeness of the information entered and is intended to provide only a general guide to your eligibility for financial aid. Any award is not guaranteed by GLBBS and is meant to be an indication of the aid you may be eligible to receive. This is not an application for financial aid. Your information will not be retained or transmitted to GLBBS in any way.

To use our Net Price Calculator, please click here (page will open in a new tab, close tab when finished).

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