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 non-refundable $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 a copy of your 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. If the Admissions Requirement Attestation Form or a non-final high school transcript (i.e., you are still attending high school at the time of application) is used for the admissions process, any offer of admission is conditional upon receipt of a final high school transcript.


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 offer letter will be sent to you after review.

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.

Great Lakes Boat Building School is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for people of all abilities. Our full Statement on Accessibility Services is available here.

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



How to Pay for School

Great Lakes Boat Building School is committed to keeping our programs affordable. As you make plans to finance your education, consider applying for federal financial aid, scholarships through GLBBS, outside scholarships, sponsorships, alternative loans, and other benefits such as veteran’s benefits or state workforce training programs.

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 a 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 2023-24 FAFSA can be completed October 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024 and will be used to apply for financial aid for the 2023-24 academic year which includes these start dates:

  • Fall Semester – Sept. 5, 2023 to Dec. 15, 2023
  • Spring Semester – Jan. 8, 2024 to April 26, 2024
  • Summer Semester – May 6, 2024 to August 16, 2024

The income information needed to complete the FAFSA form can be found on a previously filed tax return. (The 2023–24 FAFSA form requires your 2021 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 2022-23 FAFSA can be completed October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023 and will be used to apply for financial aid for the 2022-23 academic year which includes these start dates:

  • Fall Semester – Sept. 6, 2022 to Dec. 16, 2022
  • Spring Semester – Jan. 9, 2023 to April 28, 2023
  • Summer Semester – May 8, 2023 to August 18, 2023

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GLBBS Scholarships

GLBBS Scholarships and Tuition Assistance opportunities are available to assist qualified students based on both financial need and merit. This is not a complete listing of all available scholarships. Students are encouraged to fill out a scholarship application form. The Scholarship Committee will consider students for all scholarships for which they qualify. Application deadline: June 11, 2023

RPM Foundation Scholarship – up to $5,000

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 $3,000

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 Mertaugh Family formed this scholarship fund in special memory of their beloved son and brother Thomas N. Mertaugh. His grandfather, Eugene J. Mertaugh, founded the first Chris-Craft dealership in the country. In 2000, Tommy, his father Jim, and brother Dan created Classic and Antique Boats, one of the finest restoration shops in the country. Tommy was a dedicated supporter of GLBBS, serving on the original Steering Committee and Board of Directors prior to his death. This scholarship is awarded to students who are truly dedicated to becoming highly skilled builders, restorers, and finishers in the wooden boat trade.

Rae Taylor Memorial Scholarship – $5,000

The Rae Taylor Memorial Scholarship will 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.


GLBBS Sponsorships

Gage Marine Student Sponsorship Award

Gage Marine is offering a $10,000 sponsorship award to one Marine Service Technology student attending the 2023-24 school year. Upon graduation, the student agrees to work for Gage Marine for a period of one year for pay and benefits valued at over $50,000. Full details and a link to the application form are available here. Application Deadline: June 11, 2023

Tiara Yachts Student Sponsorship Awards

Tiara Yachts is offering two $15,000 sponsorship awards for students attending the 2023-24 school year. One Marine Service Technology student and one Comprehensive Career Boat Bulding student will be selected. Upon graduation, each student agrees to work for Tiara Yachts for a period of one year for pay and benefits. Full details and a link to the application form are available here. Application Deadline: June 11, 2023

External Scholarships

Many of the scholarships listed are recurring annual scholarships. Students are encouraged to check back for new open application dates. This is not a complete listing of all available 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. Application Deadline: TBA


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. Application Deadline: May 1, 2023


Mike Rowe Work Ethic Scholarship

About the Scholarship: The Work Ethic Scholarship Program recognizes people who understand the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Students enrolling in a vocational/technical school may apply. Application Deadline: April 19, 2023


International Marine Electronics Association Scholarship

About the Scholarship: The IMEA/NMEA Scholarship will be awarded to students who aspire to enter into the exciting career of marine electronics.  This scholarship includes free attendance at both of the entry level NMEA Marine Electronics Installer Certification training courses – Basic MEI Training Certification and NMEA 2000 Basic Installer Training Certification. Additionally, a $5,000 tuition payment will be made in the recipient’s name directly to a marine trade school. Application Deadline: June 30, 2023


TechForce Foundation Scholarships

About the Scholarship: TechForce is a social network 100% dedicated to launching and advancing the careers of the next generation of technicians. Their mission is to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. TechForce offers several types of scholarships and grants. Get more information on how to applyApplication Deadline: rolling cycle


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:

GLBBS has earned Silver Level Veteran-Friendly status by the State of Michigan for a demonstrated commitment to supporting the needs of our military-connected students. More information is available here.

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, based on a 12-month, three semester program. 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 billed for tuition and fees. Other items are estimated expenses associated with attending the programs. Students are responsible for securing housing, meals, transportation, and other personal expenses.

Cost of Attendance 2023-2024
TUITION $23,967 $23,967
REQUIRED COMPUTER (estimated) $699 $699
TOOL ALLOWANCE (estimated) $1,467 $1,536
BOOKS & SUPPLIES (estimated) $126 $126
OFF CAMPUS HOUSING (estimated) $5,940 $5,940
FOOD – ONE PERSON (estimated) $3,876 $3,876
PERSONAL & MISC. (estimated) $2,175 $2,175
TOTAL COA $39,000 $39,219


Cost of Attendance 2022-2023
TUITION $21,849 $21,849
REQUIRED COMPUTER (estimated) $699 $699
TOOL ALLOWANCE (estimated) $1,386 $1,515
BOOKS & SUPPLIES (estimated) $192 $111
OFF CAMPUS HOUSING (estimated) $5,400 $5,400
BOARD – ONE PERSON (estimated) $3,600 $3,600
PERSONAL & MISC. (estimated) $1,977 $1,977
TOTAL ESTIMATED COA $35,679 $35,877


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 2019-2020).

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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