How to Apply

Suggested application deadline to apply for the College Student Affairs Leadership program for the Fall Cohort of 2014 is: January 1st, 2014.*

Steps to complete for application:

Please note application to the CSAL program is separate from graduate assistantship applications.  Both must be submitted to be considered for a G.A. position.

  1. Complete the graduate program application.
    1. A $30 nonrefundable application fee (unless you have previously applied to Grand Valley).

    2. General eligibility requirements for federal aid require a valid Social Security Number. To assist with your financial aid processing, please complete this field on the application

  2. With the online application, be sure to upload…

    1. Cover Letter

    2. Letter of Intent

    3. Resume

    4. 3 Letters of Recommendation

  3. Have official transcripts sent to Office of Admissions at GVSU.

    1. Admissions Office

      Grand Valley State University

      1 Campus Drive

      Allendale, MI 49401

  4. Apply for a CSAL graduate assistantship.

Please note the GRE is not required for admissions.

*Admissions to the Master's of Education CSAL program is done on a rolling basis.  Applications submitted after January 1st will still be considered.

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If you have questions about admission to the College of Education
Contact Dr. Jay Cooper at

Graduate Assistantships

Each Graduate Assistantship requires a baccalaureate degree and admission to the College of Education M.Ed. program. Students pursue the Adult & Higher Education degree with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership (CSAL). Grad assistants work 20 hours per week from around the beginning of August through May.

The stipend for Graduate Assistantships is $9,000 for a 10 month appointment in non-housing departments. For Graduate Assistants in Housing, the stipend is $6,000 for a 10 month appointment plus housing accommodation and meal plan. A tuition waiver covers up to 24 credit hours per year.

Award Process
While the Dean of Students Office coordinates the application process, all decisions to offer Graduate Assistantships are made by the staff in each office that sponsors an assistantship. Typically, these decisions are made by May 1.

Steps to complete G.A. Application:

  1. Resume

  2. Names and contact information of three references. They may or may not be contacted depending on supervisor preference.

  3. Statement of Intent. Please submit a two to three page statement which addresses the reasons you are interested in the student affairs profession and graduate study in the CSAL program. This statement should also address the skills and experience you will bring to not only a graduate assistantship but also to the academic program.

  4. Please go to the graduate assistantship application site to submit your resume, references, and Statement of Intent at

If you have any questions about the graduate assistantship application process, contact:

Aaron Haight
Director of Judicial and Special Programs 


Marlene Kowalski-Braun
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs

202 Student Services Building
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-3585
(616) 331-2755 FAX

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