The Financial Aid Process
Apply for Financial Aid
The first step to receiving financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA for the current 2016-2017 year can be filed anytime using 2015 tax information.
The FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available October 1, 2016 and will also use 2015 tax information. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA to make the process even easier.
Filing your FAFSA by March 1 will allow our office to offer you the most in grants, scholarships, loans, and work study.
You can also start applying for Grand Valley scholarships on October 1 through myScholarships.
Please note: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is until Fall 2017. Click here for more information and helpful tips to make filing tax information on your FAFSA easier.
Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
The SAR is a review of the information you provided on your FAFSA. You must make sure that the answers you provided are correct. If you find any mistakes, correct them right away through the FAFSA website.
Enroll in Classes
- Admitted freshmen students must attend new student orientation to register for classes.
- Admitted transfer students must schedule an advising/registration session to register for classes.
- Admitted graduate students will be invited to program specific orientation and a general orientation.
- Current students can register during the regular enrollment period.
Receive your Award Notification
Admitted freshmen and transfer students who filed their FAFSA by March 1 will receive their award notification in the mail by the end of March. Graduate students and current students will receive their award notifications by email in early June. You will need to accept your award through the myBanner system.
Receive your Billing Statement
All first time Grand Valley students will receive their first bill by mail at their permanent address. After that all students will receive an email with directions to view their eBill through the myBanner system. You will receive a bill for each semester. Fall billing is done in July, Winter billing is done in November and Spring/Summer billing is done in March.