Financial Support and Scholarships

Ways to finance your education:

GVSU Graduate Assistantships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships in the University. They are part-time, paid work experiences for graduates in their field of study, which allows them to expand and/or apply their discipline knowledge and skills under supervision. Tuition is also paid based on requirements of number of hours worked and course credits being taken per semester.

Once you have submitted the application online please send Dr Rhodes ( a letter of intent via email regarding your interest in the Biomedical Engineering program and if you'd like to be considered for a graduate assistantship

Industry-sponsored Graduate Assistantship (IGA)

Grand Valley is working with local West Michigan companies to sponsor graduate engineering students. Similar to a typical graduate assistantship, the Industry-sponsored Graduate Assistant (IGA) program involves students in engineering activities in exchange for financial assistance. In the IGA program, however, the engineering activities take place at the site of a sponsoring engineering company. Graduate students and partner companies will benefit. Read more about this unique program here.

Graduate Student Presidential Research Grants


Academic Conference Fund

For more information on Financial Aid , scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit  the GVSU Financial Aid website.

Scholarships specific to Engineering Students

PCEC Graduate Scholarship

The Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, School of Computing and Information Systems, and School of Engineering are offering part-time scholarships for MS:CIS/MBI and MSE graduate students entering their first semester of studies at GVSU. This scholarship can be used for tuition on any 3 credit course required within the graduate program.


These are competitive scholarships awarded for one semester. Students who apply for this scholarship should:

  • Be accepted into a graduate program in Computer Information Systems, Engineering, or Medical & Bioinformatics
  • Be entering their first semester of graduate studies
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0 scale) in undergraduate studies
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident


Students must write and submit an essay discussing their educational and career goals. This essay should be one page in length, written in a standard font and attached to the application which you can download below.

Apply by submitting the completed application to the appropriate graduate program:

  • School of Computing & Information Systems, at


$500 per semester for up to $1,000 per academic year (fall, winter, and spring/summer terms)


The scholarship can be renewed for a second semester. To be eligible for scholarship renewal students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher during their first semester.

Download Graduate Scholarship Application



Air & Waste Management Association, East Michigan Chapter, Scholarships

Sponsored by the East Michigan Chapter of AWMA

Applications due by February 26


  • Open to students who are seniors or graduate students or going into their senior year or into graduate school
  • Open to students studying for a career in air pollution control, hazardous waste management or other environmental areas
  • Field of study should be engineering, physical or natural sciences, public health, law or natural resources
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Five $1500 awards


Page last modified August 13, 2014