The Financial Aid Process

The process of applying and receiving financial aid can be complicated. Our goal is to make it as straight forward as possible.


Apply for Financial Aid

You must file your Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1 of each year. You will need your current tax information in order to complete the FAFSA. You do not need your federal 1040; estimating your tax information is fine.

Filing your FAFSA will allow our office to offer you the most in grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Don't forget to research outside scholarships to help supplement your financial aid.

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

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.