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2016-2017 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Costs and Financial Aid
Tuition is based on the classification of the student and the course: undergraduate or graduate, lower or upper division, resident or nonresident of Michigan.
Tuition rates and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. The rates listed here are for the 2016-2017 academic year. Additional tuition may be added for students taking classes that require special equipment, consumable supplies, or extraordinary overhead. For more information about special course charges, go to www.gvsu.edu/tuitionExt.htm/.
Tuition for lower division (0-54 credits) undergraduate students who are Michigan residents taking anywhere from 12 to 15 credit hours is the same, a total of $5,760 per semester. Tuition is $480 per credit hour for fewer than 12 credits and for each credit over 15. Tuition for upper division (55 or more credits) undergraduate students who are Michigan residents taking anywhere from 12 to 15 credit hours is the same, a total of $6,072 per semester. Tuition is $506 per credit hour for fewer than 12 credits and for each credit over 15.
For lower division (0-54 credits) nonresident undergraduate students, tuition is $8,196 total per semester for anywhere from 12 to 15 credits and $683 per credit for fewer than 12 credits and for each credit over 15. For upper division (55 or more credits) nonresident undergraduate students, tuition is $8,508 total per semester for anywhere from 12 to 15 credits and $709 per credit for fewer than 12 credits and for each credit over 15.
Masters level tuition ranges from $604-661 per credit hour depending on program, see gvsu.edu/financialaid/coa/. Doctoral level tuition ranges from $742-763 per credit hour. Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken, regardless of residency.
The previously listed tuition rates apply to all students registering for credit courses, including guests, visitors, and all categories of students who are not pursuing a degree at Grand Valley State University. Rates for noncredit courses in special programs apart from the regular university curriculum are published with the announcements of such programs.
Rates of tuition and fees are those in effect at the time of publication of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. They are subject to change at any time by Grand Valley's Board of Trustees.
Late registration (allowed only in the first five days of the semester) requires a $50 late fee. Fees for resident and nonresident are the same.
Schedule revision, or drop/add, is held concurrently with all registrations. A student may drop or add any course for which prerequisites have been met and capacity permits. Additional tuition charges are due when a student adds a credit. Under exceptional circumstances a student may be allowed to add a course after the deadline. The completed transaction, accompanied by support from the instructor, department chair, and collegial dean, must include a $25 late add fee and any additional tuition. Specific dates and times for all registrations are set by the registrar and listed in the schedule of courses. For more information on financial regulations regarding late registration and dropping or withdrawing from classes, click on the Policies section on the Financial Aid website.
Students wishing to park on either the Allendale or Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus must purchase a parking permit. Permits can be ordered electronically at www.gvsu.edu/publicsafety/. The permit costs $200/semester for full-time students and $110/semester for part-time students. A student is considered part-time if they are taking 6 or fewer credits each semester. The permit costs will be charged to their student account and billed on their regular tuition bill.
Because students normally come to Grand Valley State University for the primary or sole purpose of attending the institution, rather than establishing a domicile in Michigan, those who enroll as nonresident students will continue to be classified as such throughout their attendance unless they demonstrate that they have permanently abandoned their previous home and permanently established Michigan residency. See Michigan Residence Requirements for Grand Valley's policy for determining residency.
Tuition and Fees Refund Policy
Students who reduce their number of credit hours or withdraw from Grand Valley may be eligible, upon application to the Office of the Registrar, to receive a refund of tuition. The amount of refund will be based on the following schedule:
1. Students withdrawing before the start of the semester and during the first week of classes are eligible for a full (100 percent) refund of the applicable credit hours assessed. All financial aid awarded to the student will be reduced based on the required Federal Return to Title IV (R2T4) calculation. Students should expect to have a portion of their financial aid returned. (See Financial Aid and Complete Enrollment Withdrawal section.)
2. Students withdrawing during the second week of classes in a shortened session (spring or summer) and in the second, third, and fourth weeks of classes in a full session are eligible for a 75 percent tuition refund of the applicable credit hours assessed.
3. Students withdrawing after the second week of classes in a shortened session (spring or summer) and the fourth week of classes in a full session are not eligible for a tuition refund.
4. Students who withdraw completely and are eligible for a 100 percent refund of tuition will be eligible for a full refund of their assessed credit hours and other mandatory fees. Students withdrawing completely during the 75 percent refund period will be eligible for a 75 percent refund of their assessed credit hours and other mandatory fees. There will be no refund of these fees after the last date for a 75 percent refund as stated in the Annual Class Schedule online.
Students who have financial aid should talk to the Financial Aid Office before dropping/withdrawing from classes to understand how their aid will be affected.
A specific schedule of refunds, with qualifying dates, is published each semester in Grand Valley's official Annual Class Schedule.
The refund is based on the date of receipt of the completed class drop or withdrawal form in the Office of the Registrar. If a course does not begin during the first week of the start of the semester, refunds will be based on the date of the first class meeting.
When Grand Valley State University cancels a course or when it is determined that a student has registered for a course he or she was not eligible to take, a full refund will be made regardless of the date.
In cases in which financial aid was used to pay for all or part of tuition, the refund will be used to repay the sponsor first and then the student, when appropriate. Refer to the Repayment of Unearned Federal Student Aid section of this catalog for details of this procedure.
Tuition Refund Appeals
Student applications for refund of tuition are reviewed weekly by the Tuition Refund Appeals Committee. The applicant is notified in writing following the meeting. Approved refunds will follow the normal refund process returning federal and institutional funds as dictated by policy.
Financial Aid and Complete Enrollment Withdrawal from University/Repayment of Unearned Federal Student Aid
Federal regulations require that the recipients of federal grants and loans who completely withdraw from an institution during an enrollment period must repay any unearned portion of the loan or grant funds that were or could have been disbursed for that enrollment period. The statute makes clear that federal funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student ceases academic attendance before the end of that period, the student has not earned all of the federal financial aid and therefore may not be eligible for the full amount of the federal funds awarded. The amount of federal funds earned by the student is determined by multiplying the percentage of the enrollment period completed by the total amount of federal loans and grants disbursed. If a student completely withdraws before 60 percent of the semester is completed, the student may be required to repay a portion of the federal financial aid. If the percentage of the enrollment period completed is more than 60 percent, the student has earned 100 percent of the aid. Students who completely withdraw will be billed for any institutional charges that remain as well as the amount of the unearned federal student aid that has been given to them.
Students who withdrawal during the 100 percent refund period will be required to repay funds previously advanced to them. These students will be billed. Failure to provide repayment will result in a hold being placed on both the student's transcript and registration and ineligibility for further financial aid funding until such funds are repaid.
Students who stop attending but do not officially go through withdrawal procedures are considered to have unofficially withdrawn. In cases of unofficial withdrawals, the last recorded day of known academic activity will be used as the date of withdrawal.
Receiving Financial Aid for Repeated Courses
The Financial Aid Office is required to monitor and adjust a student's enrollment level for federal student aid if, or when, they repeat coursework for credit that they have already earned. Students can retake courses and receive federal aid if they had previously failed a course, but can only receive financial aid twice for a course that has been previously passed. A passing grade is defined as D- or better. Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic policies regarding repeat courses.
The policy allows a student to receive financial aid in the following situations:
- To repeat any failed course until a passing grade is received.
- To repeat one time any course in which a passing grade was previously received.
Please note: A student may not receive financial aid for a course in which he/she has already earned a passing grade and attempted a second time, regardless of the outcome of the second attempt.
Financial Aid for Students
At Grand Valley State University in 2014-2015, more than 22,500 students were awarded more than $275 million in total financial aid, with more than $95 million in the form of scholarships, grants, and employment.
Even though Grand Valley believes that the responsibility for financing a college education rests with students and their families, large amounts of aid are available. A student who receives a scholarship or grant may need to be willing to borrow and work to cover the remainder of his or her educational costs. In fact, because no one program can cover all college expenses, aid programs are usually combined in "packages" suited to the student's needs. This means that students receive aid in a variety of forms. Rarely would a student receive all one type of aid - for example, a grant - but may receive a mixture of grant, scholarship, student employment, and loan.
To be considered for aid, a student must be admitted as a degree-seeking student. The financial aid a student receives is based on his or her enrollment status each semester. Financial aid awards will be adjusted based on the number of enrolled credits. The majority of financial aid programs require at least half-time enrollment (6 credits per semester for undergraduate students and 4.5 credits per semester for graduate students).
The graduation rate, as defined in the Federal IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey, for students entering Grand Valley State University as new, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen during the fall of 2009 was 67 percent. The cohort includes students who may have stopped, dropped out, reduced loads to become part-time students, or transferred to other institutions. The students in this cohort who remained at Grand Valley as full-time students for the first four complete academic years had a graduation rate of 92 percent.
To maintain and renew aid, students must make satisfactory academic progress. For most federal and state aid, need must be demonstrated by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to visit www.fafsa.gov to file the FAFSA online. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you need assistance in obtaining or completing this form.
All financial aid is awarded for the academic year beginning with the fall semester. Students must reapply for financial aid every year.
We encourage students to file the FAFSA for the following academic year by the Grand Valley State University priority deadline of March 1. Students who file after March 1 may not receive full grant funds (see application dates in the next section). An individual must be a degree-seeking student to be eligible to receive financial assistance. Most aid is awarded to students attending at least half-time (six or more credit hours for undergraduate students), although students attending less than half-time may be considered for the Federal Pell Grant program. Continuing education students (part-time, nondegree-seeking students) are not eligible for federal financial aid; however, they may apply for and receive some types of alternative loan programs. These students, and all others, can also utilize the Grand Valley State University tuition payment plan offered by the Student Accounts office. For additional information on alternative loan programs, contact the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid for international students is limited based on federal guidelines.
Additional aid may be awarded for the spring/summer session depending on the availability of funds. If you are seeking a spring/summer award, you must complete the spring/summer application, which is available on the Financial Aid Office website each February, www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/.
If you wish to be considered for financial aid, please refer to the deadline dates listed and follow the four basic steps outlined here.
1. If you are a new student, you must submit application forms for admission to Grand Valley. It is recommended that you apply for admission by December 31 for the fall semester.
2. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form must be completed by you and/or your parents and/or your spouse. Applying online at www.fafsa.gov is the fastest and most accurate means of filing. You should list Grand Valley State University among your choice of schools. Our federal school code is 002268. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application for aid Grand Valley requires.
3. In some cases you or your parent may be required to submit additional information to the Financial Aid Office to
verify the accuracy of your financial aid application. The Financial Aid Office may request additional information if,
upon reviewing data you have presented, we believe further clarification of your financial situation is needed. Such
additional information may include information about your household size, assets, or income.
4. Award notifications for new students will be mailed to your permanent address beginning mid-March. Returning students will receive their award notification in June through myBanner.
Application Dates to Remember
December 31: Incoming freshman applicants must submit a completed admission application by this date to be considered for the major scholarship programs offered by Grand Valley.
By March 1: All students who want to receive financial aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Grand Valley as a college choice. Our federal school code is 002268.
February to April: All students interested in receiving aid for the spring/summer must also file the Spring/Summer Financial Aid Application. This online form is available at www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/summer/.
March 1: Incoming community college transfer applicants must submit a completed admission application by this date to be considered for the major scholarship programs offered by Grand Valley.
March: Entering freshman and transfer students receive notification of their financial aid award.
June: Returning upperclass and graduate students receive notification of their financial aid award through myBanner.
Cost of Attendance and Student Budgets
Before applying for financial aid, students and parents should assess all of the costs associated with attending Grand Valley. The following tables estimate the typical nine-month (two-semester) academic year expenses for single residents (living anywhere on or off campus except with parents or relatives) and commuting undergraduate students (living with parents or relatives). Some of the following expenses are discretionary (personal and miscellaneous, transportation, books, and supplies), therefore an average is used to determine the costs associated for such expenses. For more information regarding costs for graduate and doctoral level students, please visit www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/budgets/.
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*Estimated tuition and fees and room and board charges. Actual charges are determined by the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees. The rates listed here may change for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Financial aid is available to assist in financing the cost of approved study abroad programs. Students may receive assistance for Grand Valley summer programs, as well as full year and one-semester programs through exchanges and other individualized programs.
Students participating in study abroad programs receive financial aid in the amount they normally would receive if remaining on campus; however, students are generally able to borrow loan funds to cover the additional costs. Limited scholarships and grants are available for some study abroad programs. Meeting with a financial aid counselor is highly encouraged. This helps facilitate discussions to ensure your study abroad is fully covered.
Students interested in a study abroad experience must contact the Padnos International Center regarding available program options and are encouraged to apply early for financial aid.
Financial Aid Programs
At Grand Valley, financial aid includes scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment. This aid is usually combined in a "package" to offer the student flexibility in meeting their educational costs. This includes a combination of the various types of aid - loans, jobs, scholarships, and grants - put together for an award rather than just one of these sources. If you wish to apply for or renew financial assistance, you should review the following information on the types of available financial aid.
1. Programs not based on need. Each program requires different application procedures. Eligibility is determined jointly by the Financial Aid Office and the agency or department funding the program.
2. Programs based on need. These require students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office.
3. Special programs. These require students to apply directly to the agency or department responsible for determining eligibility and funding.
Programs Not Based on Need
The less time you spend in college, the less money you'll spend on your degree. Grand Valley's Grand Finish grant will help you achieve that goal.
Every new, full-time student can take advantage of the Grand Finish grant. Complete 90 credit hours within three years of enrollment and we'll pay you $1,000 over the next two semesters of study. If you transfer to Grand Valley, you're eligible for a $500 grant once you've earned 90 credit hours, with an average of 30 credit hours per year at Grand Valley in the year(s) following your transfer.
Dual enrollment and advanced placement credits earned prior to your first semester at Grand Valley count toward the 90-hour requirement, speeding your time to graduation.
Scholarship eligibility criteria indicated as follows are for students entering in the 2016-2017 academic year as freshman or transfer. Scholarship information for the future academic years may be found on our scholarship webpages at www.gvsu.edu/scholarships/. Grand Valley offers a merit-based scholarship program. We determine initial eligibility for these scholarships at the time of admission, although final award decisions and the amount of some scholarships are made by the scholarship committee after the student has completed all required application materials. To be considered for the incoming freshman and incoming transfer scholarships, the Admissions Office must receive the students completed admissions application and all supporting documents by December 31 for fall admission for incoming freshman and by March 1 for fall admission for incoming transfer scholarships. Documents received after the deadlines listed previously will not be used for scholarship consideration.
Complete applications consist of an application for admission, official transcripts, official results of the ACT or SAT test, and a $30 application fee. The merit-based scholarships are described as follows.
1. Awards of Distinction. This group of scholarships includes Grand Valley's highest merit-based scholarships, ones that many students aspire to receive. They generally require high academic achievement and top scores on the ACT or SAT. Additional amounts of up to $2,000 are awarded to students who are National Merit Finalists.
a. Presidential Scholarships. To be considered for a Presidential Scholarship, you must have a 3.80 high school grade point average, a minimum 32 composite ACT for Michigan residents or SAT of 1420 for nonresidents based on the critical reading and math combined scores, and attend a scholarship competition. Awards range from $4,000-$7,000. Awards are made up to $7,000-$10,000 in combination with the Award for Excellence. Grand Valley must be the first institution you attend after graduation from high school. This award is renewable for three consecutive years (eight total semesters) provided you maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress
b. Faculty Scholarships. To be considered for a Faculty Scholarship, you must have a 3.60 high school grade point average, a minimum 30 composite ACT for Michigan residents or SAT of 1340 for nonresidents based on the critical reading and math combined scores, and attend a scholarship competition. Awards range from $1,000-$3,000. Awards are made up to $4,000-$6,000 in combination with the Award for Excellence. Grand Valley must be the first institution you attend after graduating from high school. This award is renewable for three consecutive years (eight total semesters) provided you maintain a 3.5 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
2. Awards for Excellence
a. Awards for Excellence Scholarship. This scholarship provides awards of $3,000. You must be a graduate of a high school in Michigan and Grand Valley must be the first college you attend after graduation. All admitted freshman students will be considered for this scholarship. Students who receive this award have a grade point average of 3.5 or better and a minimum ACT composite score of 26.
This scholarship is renewable for three consecutive years (eight total semesters) provided you maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
b. Out-of-State Awards for Excellence. This scholarship provides awards up to an amount equal to the differential between non-Michigan and Michigan resident tuition plus $3,000. Grand Valley must be the first college you attend after high school graduation. All admitted freshman students will be considered for this scholarship. Students who receive this award have a grade point average of 3.5 or better and minimum ACT composite scores of 26 or SAT scores of 1190, based on the critical reading and math combined scores.
This scholarship is renewable for three consecutive years (eight total semesters) provided you maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
c. Awards for Excellence Transfer Scholarship. This scholarship provides awards of $2,000. You must have only attended an accredited community college in Michigan and completed 30 college credit hours at the time of application review. All admitted transfer students with a completed admission application by March 1 will be considered for this scholarship. Students who receive this scholarship have at least a cumulative collegiate 3.5 grade point average.
This scholarship is renewable for one consecutive year (four total semesters) provided you maintain a 3.25 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
3. Laker Scholarship. This scholarship provides awards of $1,000. Students who receive this award have a grade point average of 3.5 or better and ACT scores of 23, 24, or 25 for Michigan residents or SAT scores between 1070 and 1150, based on the critical reading and math combined scores.
This scholarship is renewable for three consecutive years (eight total semesters) provided you maintain a 2.85 grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
4. Early Awareness Scholarship. Recipients of this $3,000 scholarship will have at least two years of participation in one of the following programs: The Detroit Compact, Wade H. McCree, Jr. Incentive Scholarship, Introspect Youth Services, Inc., Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc., TRiO Upward Bound, TRiO Talent Search, or GEAR UP while in high school. Additionally, students must have a 3.30 cumulative high school grade point average and a 21 ACT composite score. Nonresidents of Michigan may also qualify with a 990 on the SAT on the critical math and combined science score. Students must have a completed admission application submitted by December 31 for the following fall semester. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Urban Schools Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant. This scholarship is renewable for three consecutive years (eight consecutive semesters) provided the student maintains full-time attendance and a 2.50 cumulative grade point average and meets the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
Transfer students who have participated in one of the programs listed previously for two years can also receive this scholarship if they have a 3.0 cumulative community college grade point average and 30 college credits earned. They must have a completed admission application by March 1 and transfer directly from the community college. Transfers can renew for one consecutive year (up to a total of two years) provided they maintain a 2.50 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
5. Urban Schools Scholarship. This $3,000 scholarship is specifically for students graduating from the following high schools: Michigan high schools: Grand Rapids Public Schools, Detroit Public Schools, Arthur Hill, Detroit High School of Fine and Performing Arts, Detroit University Prep Academy, John Pershing, JW Sexton, Northwestern, Pontiac Central, Pontiac Northern, Southfield Lathrup, Southfield Senior High, University Prep Science and Math High School, and Western International. Non-Michigan high schools include: Chicago High School Agricultural, Curie, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hillcrest, Hyde Park Academy, John Hope College Preparatory, Jones College Prep, Kenwood Academy, Lane Tech, Morgan Park, Percy Julian, Proviso East, Proviso West, Thornridge, Thornwood, and Whitney Young. In addition to graduating from one of the previously listed high schools, students must also meet minimum grade point average and standardized test scores. Michigan residents must have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and a 21 ACT composite score. Nonresidents of Michigan must also have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and score a 990 on the SAT based on the critical math and science combined scores or have a 21 ACT composite score. Students must have a complete admission application submitted by December 31 for the following fall semester to qualify for this scholarship. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Early Awareness Scholarship or a Native American Tuition Grant. Students must be enrolled full time, achieve a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average, and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards. This scholarship is renewable for three consecutive years (eight semesters).
Transfer students who graduated from one of the high schools listed previously can also receive this scholarship if they have a 3.00 cumulative community college grade point average and 30 college credits earned. They must have a completed admission application by March 1 and transfer directly from the community college. Transfers can renew for one consecutive year (up to a total of two years) provided they maintain a 2.50 or better grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
6. Community College Distinguished Graduate Scholarships. Grand Valley provides two $1,000 Community College Distinguished Graduate Scholarships to all Michigan community colleges. The respective community colleges select the recipients. Students must have a 3.50 cumulative grade point average, be completing the associate's degree, matriculate directly to Grand Valley, and apply for admission by March 1. To be renewed for one additional consecutive year, students must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
7. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships. New entering transfer students who are members of the PTK Honor Society at Michigan community colleges are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must possess a 3.50 cumulative grade point average, be a member of the PTK Fraternity, be admitted to Grand Valley, and enroll as a full-time student. Applicants must apply for admission by March 1. Scholarship applications are submitted through myScholarships, the online scholarship portal at www.gvsu.edu/myscholarships/. Applicants include a letter of application indicating their educational and career goals, a letter of recommendation from their PTK chapter advisor, and a resume. The scholarship is renewable for one consecutive year provided the student maintains a 3.50 cumulative grade point average and meets the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards.
The previously listed scholarships are only for use in fall and winter semesters. The Financial Aid Office will review each scholarship recipient at the end of winter semester for renewal for the next academic year. If a student fails to meet the renewal requirements, the scholarship will be canceled for the following academic year. A student can petition for reinstatement once they again meet the minimum requirements. The appeal for reinstatement form is available online at the Financial Aid Office website (www.gvsu.edu/financialaid).
8. Robert C. Trotter Tri-County Scholarships. Each high school in the counties of Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa are allotted two $500 scholarships to Grand Valley to award to students of their own choosing. Students must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, a minimum ACT composite score of 22, and not be the recipient of other merit scholarships* offered by Grand Valley. Entering freshmen wishing to be considered should contact the counseling office in their high school. Complete admissions application must be submitted by December 31 for fall admission.
9. Alumni Heritage Scholarship. This is an $800 scholarship awarded to a child of a Grand Valley alumni. One or both parents must have graduated from GVSU with a bachelor or master's degree. Students who have step-parents or grandparents who are alumni are not eligible. Must be entering as a freshman with GVSU being the first college or university attended after high school, have a 3.3 high school grade point average, full time enrollment and must not be the recipient of merit scholarships* offered by Grand Valley. A formal application is not required. To be considered for an award, students must indicate their parent's alumni status on their admissions application. Complete admissions application must be submitted by December 31 for fall admission.
*Merit Scholarships offered by GVSU are classified as the Laker, Award for Excellence, Faculty and Presidential Scholarships.
10. Upperclass Honor Scholarships. A limited number of scholarships up to $1,000 are awarded annually to upperclass students not receiving scholarships from other sources. Students must be full-time undergraduates, have a 3.50 cumulative grade point average, and have completed at least 40 semester hours at Grand Valley, or if a transfer student, must have completed at least 15 hours at Grand Valley. Scholarship applications are submitted through myScholarships, the online scholarship portal at www.gvsu.edu/myscholarships/. Selection of upperclass honor award recipients are made by the Grand Valley Scholarship Committee. These scholarships may be renewed for one consecutive year for students who enroll full-time, maintain a 3.25 grade point average, and meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards. Students must apply by the March 1 deadline.
11. Athletic Scholarships. Scholarships are given to students participating in varsity sports. Awards are determined by the coaches. Athletic scholarships are awarded in all men's and women's varsity sports. Men: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming and diving, track, and tennis. Women: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track, and volleyball. If you think you would be eligible for athletic aid assistance, you should contact the appropriate Grand Valley coach for more information.
12. Music and Dance Scholarships. Talent awards are available to outstanding instrumentalists, pianists, singers, and dancers attending Grand Valley State University and participating in various performance groups, regardless of financial need or academic major. Contact the chair of the music department for more information.
13. Fine Arts Scholarships. These scholarships are for students majoring in the fine arts program at Grand Valley. Information and application forms for these scholarships are available from the departmental offices. Selection of scholarship winners is made by a committee of fine arts faculty members.
14. Other Grand Valley State University Scholarship Programs. Grand Valley State University offers an ever-increasing number of endowed, departmental, and annually funded scholarships. Please refer to our scholarship website at www.gvsu.edu/scholarships for more information or to apply through myScholarships, our online application database. Following is a list of GVSU scholarship programs.
A Grand Day at a Time Scholarship
A. Scott and Ruth P. Koeze Graduate Business Scholarship
Aaron M. DesRocher Memorial Chemistry Scholarship
Ada Council for Arts Rebecca Vogelsang Memorial Scholarship
Alex Anino Music Scholarship
Alexander Calder Honors Scholarship
Alumni Association Presidents' Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Alumni Heritage Scholarship
American Photo Marketing Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Amos Nordman Foundation Scholarship
Ann M. Dilley Jewelry/Metalsmithing Scholarship
ARAMARK Student Excellence Endowed Scholarship
Archie A. Blood, Jr. '79, '83 Endowed PATHWAYS Scholarship
Arend D. and Nancy Lubbers Honors College Scholarship
Arthur C. Hills Music Scholarship
AT&T Pioneers Michigan Chapter Scholarship
Atomic Object Scholarship
Baldwin Foundation Scholarship Endowment
Barbara Flaschenriem Endowed Classics Scholarship
Barbara H. Padnos International Scholarship
Barry Castro Business Ethics Scholarship
Becky Eckstrom Environmental Studies Scholarship Endowment
Benjamin Mutnick Endowed Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship
Bernard & Camille Cebelak Scholarship
Berthold Price Scholarship
Bill & Diana Wipperfurth Annis Water Resources Institute Student Research Scholarship
Blinkhorn/Donk First Generation Scholars Endowed Scholarship
Blue Transfer Scholarship
Boand & Rowe Endowment for Advancement of Women in Sport & Physical Activity
Branstrom Fine Arts Scholarship for Art and Design
Brooks College Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad
Brooks First Generation Diversity Endowed Scholarship
Buzzitta Family Endowed Scholarship
Campbell-Williams Endowed Business Scholarship
Candace Otte Scholarship for Nursing
Caprice R. Wagner Memorial Scholarship
Career Center Internship Award
Carl and Claudia Bajema Grand Rapids Urban Schools Endowed Scholarship
Carl and Delores Arendsen Golf Scholarship
Carlton Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship
Charles & Florence Irwin Scholarship Endowment Fund
Charles L Toot Endowed Memorial Golf Scholarship
Charlotte A. Gierst & Salome C. Egeler Trust Scholarship
Children's Enrichment Center Student Parent Scholarship
Christos T. and Joan A. Panopoulos Physician Assistant Studies Scholarship
Chuck Peterson '83 Memorial Film and Video Endowed Scholarship
Clarke and Nancy Borgeson Science, Technology and Mathematics Endowed Scholarship
Class of 1968 Endowed Scholarship
Coach Jim Meerman Memorial Endowed Scholarship
College of Education Future Teacher Scholarship
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Endowed Scholarship
Colliers International Endowed Scholarship
Computing and Information Systems Scholarship Fund
Corky Meinecke Scholarship Endowment Fund
Crawley Japanese Studies Scholarship
Crowe Horwath, LLP Outstanding Accounting Student Scholarship
Daniel Kemp Alumni Leadership Scholarship
Daphne Siegel Memorial PATHWAY Scholarship
David Alan Bergsma Scholarship Fund
David Daniels Memorial Scholarship
David G. and Mary L. Annis Education Scholarship
Detroit Compact Scholarship
DeWitt Barrels Inc. Environmental Science and Natural Resources Scholarship
Dick Nelson Memorial Sports Broadcasting Scholarship
Dirk Koning Film and Video Scholarship
Don and Millie Wagner Scholarship in Memory of Caprice R. Wagner
Don Williams Sr. Dean Emeritus Multicultural Business Education (MBEC) Scholarship
Donna K. Brooks Presidential Scholarship
Doris Rucks Scholarship
Doug and Linda Woods Athletic Training Scholarship Endowment
Douglas C. and Kimberly K. Fenbert Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Douglas K. and Ellen Chung Asian Social Work Graduate Scholarship
Dr. Andrew M.C. Brown Memorial English Scholarship
Dr. Donald J. Klein, Sr. Graduate Endowed Scholarship in Accounting
Dr. George I. and Helen Z. Quimby Scholarship
Dr. James D. Hoffman Scholarship
Dr. Nancy K. Mack & Katherine Klemit Mack Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Nancy K. Mack Scholarship
Dr. Roy and Patricia Olsson Jr. Health Professions Scholarship
Dr. Sara Kane-Smart Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Children's Advocacy Center in Holland
Drs. Esther and Enrico Sobong Scholarship
Duke Tanaka Jr. Anatomy Scholarship
DV Alpha Scholarship Endowment
Earl Harper Scholarship
Economics Department Faculty Endowed Scholarship
Edith I. Blodgett Endowed Music Scholarship
Edward Tremba Geology Scholarship
Eitzen Voice Scholarship
Empowering Haiti Through Education Scholarship Fund
Engineering/Computing & Information Systems Scholarship
English Faculty Endowed Scholarship for New Majors
English Faculty Scholarship for New Majors
Eric A. Andres Live, Laugh, Love, Learn Scholarship
Eric I. Maino Community Technology Award Endowment
Eric Jon Gillette Memorial Scholarship
Esther R. Padnos Nursing Scholarship
Esther Rehm Stotz Scholarship
Eugene and Lillian Pawl Scholarship
Excel Business Scholarship
Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Endowment Scholarship
Felix V. & Gladys A. Zukaitis Athletic Scholarship
Felix V. & Gladys A. Zukaitis Honors Scholarship Scholarship
Finance Advisory Board Scholarship
Finance Department Faculty Endowed Scholarship
First Generation Urban Schools Scholarship
Florence Cowan Ward Scholarship for Nursing
Folds of Honor Scholarship
Foreign Student Scholarship
Four Ps of Marketing Scholarship
Frances Anne Kelleher Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Fraternity and Sorority Laker Leaders Scholarship
Fred A. Bell Business Scholarship Endowment
Fred M. and Bernedine Keller Engineering Diversity Scholarship
Frederick A. Chapman Endowed Memorial Public Relations Scholarship
Frederick S. Singer Memorial Veteran's Endowed Scholarship
Frederik Meijer First Generation Honors College Student Scholarship Endowment
Frederik Meijer Opportunity Scholarship
FTC&H Engineering Endowed Scholarship
Gail and Scott Haebich Nursing Scholarship
George and Georgia Breur Scholarship
George and Marianne Stein Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Gilbert R. and Patricia K Davis Davis Theatre Endowed Scholarship: Remembering Shakespeare
Gilbert R. and Patricia K. Davis Endowed Merit English Scholarship
Glenn A. and Betty J. Niemeyer History Scholarship Endowment
Grand Valley Grand Forum Scholarship
Grand Valley State University Symphony Orchestra Endowed Scholarship
Grand Valley UAW Region 1-D Scholarship
Green Family First Generation College of Education Scholarship
Gregg K. Dimkoff Endowed Finance Scholarship
Greta & Arthur Delong Perpetual Scholarship
GV in DC Endowed Scholarship
GVSU Founders Endowed Scholarship
GVSU LGBT Scholarship Endowment
GVSU Web Team Scholarship
H. James Williams Endowed Scholarship
Helen Claytor Minority Scholarship
Helen DeVos Presidential/Faculty Scholarship
Henry and Juanita Dungey School of Public and Nonprofit Administration Excellence Award
Henry H. and Juanita Dungey Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Henry W. Dungey '00
Holliday Willey Psychology Scholarship for the Study of Pervasive Development Disorders
Hong Chen Memorial Endowment
Hosford Family Excellence in Academics and Athletics Endowed Scholarship
HTM Club Scholarship
Hugo Salazar Memorial Scholarship
Hyatt Place Wyoming HTM Scholarship
Hyman H. & Greta M. Berkowitz Scholarship
Initech Global Advancing Technology Scholarship
Initech Global Technology Scholarship
Ira Brad Memorial Scholarship
J. C. Huizenga Business Scholarship
Jacob B. Mol Family Scholarship Fund
Jad Abou-Maarouf '05, '08 and Selene Lacayo '06 Scholarship
Jean E. Martin Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarship
Jean Enright Women and Gender Studies Scholarship
Joan A. Panopoulos Scholarship
Joan Boand Athletic Scholarship
Joe E. Reid Memorial Scholarship
John Allegrina Nontraditional Student Endowed Memorial Scholarship
John and Barbara Gracki Football Degree Completion Scholarship
John J. and Marjorie E. Shepard Communications Scholarship
John T. Batchelder Political Science Scholarship
John W. and Virginia M. Reifel Economics Scholarship
Johnny C. Burton Memorial Scholarship
Johnson Leadership Scholarship Endowment
Jonathan and Marcia White Honors College Endowed Scholarship
Joseph E. Appelt P.E. Engineering Scholarship
Joseph Spruit Engineering Scholarship
Joyce Hecht Distinguished Scholarship in Philanthropy
Jurries Family Scholarship
Justice and Society Endowed Scholarship
Kathleen B. Vogelsang Seidman College of Business Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
Kaufman Family Endowed Scholarship Honoring L. William Seidman
Kendal J. DenBleyker Endowed Scholarship
Kenneth and Irene Fridsma Endowed Special Education Scholarship
Kirkhof College of Nursing Alumni Scholarship
Kurt F. Kimball Scholarship Endowment
L.V. Eberhard Scholarship
Lacks Enterprises Scholarship
Laker Baseball Alumni Leadership Award
Larita "Rita" Stephanak Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Laura Sakoski Memorial Scholarship
Lois Searles Hospitality and Tourism Internship Award
LT James W. Parmelee Memorial Scholarship
Lt. William Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship
Lupe Ramos-Montigny "SI SE PUEDE" Legacy Endowed Scholarship
Lynne Kraemer Memorial Scholarship
Mack-Jackson African American Teacher Scholarship
Macomb County Student of the Week
Margaret "Peggy" Boyce Nontraditional Student Scholarship
Margaret F. Ward Art and Design Scholarship
Margaret Proctor School of Communications Scholarship
Margaret Ward Music Scholarship
Maria I. Perez Nursing Scholarship
Maribeth Wardrop Leaders in Philanthropy
Mark A. and Elizabeth C. Murray International Travel Scholarship
Mark A. Warren Memorial Scholarship
Marlene Kenneway Love of Dance Scholarship
Marney (Houseman) MacAdam Endowed Voice Scholarship
Marvin G. DeVries Endowed Scholarship
Mary & Wilhelm Seeger Scholarship
Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship
MaryBeth Koeze Art Scholarship
MaryBeth Koeze Endowed Scholarship in memory of Dr. Thomas Henry Koeze
Mathematics Endowment Scholarship
Mayor George Heartwell Through College Scholarship
McFadden Picciuca International Child Welfare Scholarship
Michael and Susan Jandernoa Scholarship Endowment
Michigan Garden Club Scholarship
Michigan Office Solutions Endowed Seidman College of Business Scholarships
Mi-Light Photonics Scholarship
Mithilesh & Jitendra Mishra Foreign Student/Faculty Scholarship
Modern Languages Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
Moriah Muscaro '15 Feature Twirler Endowed Scholarship
Movement Science Student Excellence Endowed Scholarship
Mullendore Legal Studies Criminal Justice Scholarship
NAI Wisinski Scholarship
Nathan M. Hurwitz Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Nichols Sustainability Scholarship
NN Autocam Precision Components Group Engineering Scholarship
Norman Gibson Geology Field Study Scholarship
Occupational Safety and Health Management Scholarship
Orgulloso de Ser 'Proud to Be' Scholarship Endowment
Ottawa Co Am Golf Scholarship
Owen F. Bieber Scholarship Trust
P. and J. Versluis Endowed Scholarship
Pamella and Daniel G. DeVos Musical Theater Scholarship
Pathway Annual Scholarship
Paton Family Entrepreneur Scholarship Endowment
Paul '81 and Pamela '80 Schweitzer Scholarship Endowment
Paul A. '72 & Janet M. (Nickless) '71 Royce Endowed PATHWAY Scholarship
Paul and Dianna Johnson STEM PATHWAY Endowed Scholarship
Paul and Sue Spindler Accounting Study Abroad Scholarship
Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship Award
Paul Brian and Margaret Susan Brooks Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Paul C. Miller Scholarship
Paul Springer Crew Scholarship
Paul W. Potter and Margaret E. Potter Scholarship
Peace and Justice Activist Scholarship
Peter P. and Patricia R. Renucci Medical Lab Sciences Scholarship Endowment
Peter P. Renucci Family Medical Lab Sciences Scholarship Endowment
Physical Therapy Urban Schools Endowed Scholarship
Pioneer Class of 1967 Endowed Scholarship
Plant Service Personnel Descendants Scholarship
PNC Early Childhood Education Scholarship Endowment
Positive Black Women Endowed Scholarship
Price Heneveld Engineering Scholarship
Professional Support Staff (PSS) Scholarship Endowment
Professor Charles Knop Chemistry Scholarship
Ram and Usha Singh Social Work Scholarship
Rauch Family Leadership Endowed Scholarship for Portage Schools
Recreation Leadership Endowed Scholarship
Redfield Financial Group Business and Baseball Endowed Scholarship
Reverend Dennis and E. Jean (Lackey) McMurray Academic Achievement Scholarship
Richard E. Flanders Scholarship
Richard E. Veazey Graduate Academic Scholarship in Accounting
Richard Giles Memorial Scholarship
Richard M. DeVos Presidential/Faculty Scholarship
Richard Wheeler First Responder Memorial Scholarship
Rick K. Hamlin Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Robert and Barbara Wood Entrepreneur Scholarship
Robert and Linda '89 Rynbrandt Endowed Sociology Scholarship
Robert Bosch Fuel Systems Engineering Scholarship
Robert H. and Barbara Wood Entrepreneur Scholarship
Robert L. Chamberlain Scholarship
Robert W. Fletcher Memorial Endowment
Rodney J. Mulder Social Work Scholarship
Ronald Ward Scholarship
Ross W. Perry Bachelor of Science Scholarships
Ruth Chamberlain Global Issues Scholarship Endowment
Ryan Short Memorial Scholarship
Samuel L. Westerman Endowed Seidman PATHWAY Scholarship
Samuel L. Westerman Foundation Scholarship for Nursing
School of Accounting Faculty Endowed Scholarship
School of Communications Scholarship Fund
Scott Flahive Police Academy
Scott M. Dykstra Oliver Products Company Engineering Scholarship
Seidman College of Business Commercial Real Estate Scholarship
Seidman College of Business Management Department Scholarship
Seidman College of Business Study Abroad Scholarship
Seymour and Esther Padnos Engineering Scholarship
Shawn D. Wiersma Criminal Justice Memorial Scholarship
Shelby Fazio '13 Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Small Family Endowed Scholarship
Social Work Scholarship
Solina and Steven Kramer Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Somers-DeMaria Endowed Scholarship
Spartan Minority Scholarship
Spectrum Health Diversity Scholarship
Spectrum Industries Endowed Scholarship
SPX Corporation Engineering Scholarship Fund
Statistics Endowment Fund
Steelcase Foundation Scholarship
Steelcase Inc. Seidman College of Business Diversity Scholarship
Steele A. and Mary D. Taylor Pathway to Education Scholarship
Stephanie Urbanawiz Physician Assistant Endowed Scholarship
Steven E. Williams Memorial Pathways to Recovery Endowed Scholarship
Student Legacy Scholarship
Student Support Fund
Student Textbook and Supplies Scholarship
T.J. Maciak Give Life Endowed Scholarship
Tax Executives Institute Accounting/Tax Scholarship
Teri Linn (Houghton) Marsh Endowed Memorial Nursing Scholarship
The Albert S. and Ella D. Koeze Art Scholarship
The Coopersville Scholarship
The Donald and Barbara VanderJagt Mathematics and Athletic Scholarship
The Donna K. Brooks Presidential Scholarship
The General Dynamics Land Systems Engineering Scholarship
The George Jacob Reister and Juliana Knodel Reister Family Memorial Scholarship
The Graduate Teacher Certification Scholarship
The Grand Valley Lanthorn Merit Scholarship
The Hilda C. Holder Endowed Scholarship for Women in Business Fund
The Howard and Rose Stein Endowed Biology Scholarship
The Ilene I. Schooley Biomedical Sciences Scholarship
The J. Patrick Sandro Education Scholarship
The Jack J. Korff Seidman College of Business Finance Scholarship
The Judith S. Pratt Non-Traditional Nursing Scholarship
The Malinoski Family Pre-Dental Scholarship
The Nedra J. Otis Art Scholarship
The People Space Scholarship
The Professor Paul A. Huizenga Biology Education Scholarship
The Rev. Darld and Joyce Black Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship in Memory of Robert Klein
The Right Place/MMTC-West Manufacturers Council Scholarship
The Social Work Minority Scholarship
The Subar Family - Model Coverall Service Scholarship
The Waddell/Treanor Native Plant Endowment
The Wisner Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship
Theresa McKee Occupational Therapy Scholarship
Thomas A. & Cheryl L. '91, '98 Butcher Endowed Nontraditional Student Scholarship
Thomas and Joyce Wisner Engineering Scholarship Endowment
Thomas Seykora Alumni Leadership Scholarship
Thompson Foundation Scholarship
Thompson Working Families Scholarship
Tim and Terry Selgo Student-Athlete Scholarship Endowment
Todd Jager Memorial Graduate Athletic Training Student Award
Tom and Marcia Haas & Family Laker Marching Band Scholarship
Tom and Marcia Haas Power of 10 Endowed Scholarship
Tony Pfennig Baseball Commitment Account Award
TowerPinkster Endowed Engineering Scholarship
Trans-Matic Engineering Scholarship
Valerie P. Eggert Distinguished Scholarship in Philanthropy
VanderZwaag Business Scholarship
Vetter Family Marketing Scholarship
Village at 48 West Freshman Scholarship
Volkhardt Family Scholarship
Wade McCree Scholarship
Walsh VIP Scholarship
Walton Boston Koch Memorial Scholarship
Warren Reynolds Endowed Scholarship
Wayland Street Films Scholarship for the Arts in Memory of BrownHill
West Shore AWARE Scholarship
West Side Challenge Scholar Endowed Scholarship
WGVU LZ Michigan Scholarship Endowment
Whitney Young Outreach Engineering Scholarship
Wildey Family Scholarship
William Hegarty Endowed Scholarship
Windstream Enterprise Resource Planning Scholarship
Windstream Technology Scholarship
Women's Center Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
Writing Majors Scholarship
Programs Based On Need
The following programs are considered "gift" assistance and do not require repayment.
1. Grand Valley Need-based Grant Programs. These grants are available to full-time undergraduate students based on financial need and availability of funds. To apply, you must complete the FAFSA.
a. Grand Valley Grant. This is a $3,000 award for new students who have an estimated family contribution of $2,000 or less as determined by filing the FAFSA. Priority given to students who file their FAFSA by March 1 each year. This award is renewable provided the student files the FAFSA by March 1 each year, the expected family contribution is $2,000 or less and the student meets satisfactory academic progress. Additional grant amounts of up to $2,000 are available to all undergraduates who have exceptional unmet need after all other financial aid is awarded.
b. Grand Valley Freshman Grant. This need-based grant award amount is up to $2,400 for new first-time freshman students who have exceptional unmet need Priority given to students who file their FAFSA by March 1.
c. Grand Valley Second-year Grant. This need-based grant award amount is up to $2,700 for returning second-year students who have exceptional unmet need and have completed a sufficient amount of their attempted credits in their first year at GVSU. Priority given to students who file their FAFSA by March 1.
d. Grand Valley Third-year Grant. This need-based grant award amount is up to $2,700 for returning third-year students who have exceptional unmet need and have completed a sufficient amount of their attempted credits in their first and second year at GVSU. Priority given to students who file their FAFSA by March 1.
e. Grand Valley Transfer Grant. This need-based grant award amount is up to $2,500 for incoming transfer students who have exceptional unmet need. Priority given to students who file their FAFSA by March 1.
2. Federal Pell Grant. This program is the main source of need-based federal financial aid grant funds. To apply for a Pell Grant, you must submit the FAFSA and indicate on this form that you wish Grand Valley State University to receive your application. You will then receive a notification form called the Student Aid Report (SAR). The Financial Aid Office in turn will notify you of the exact amount of the grant, which is determined from a payment schedule published by the U.S. Department of Education. No specific GPA is required for renewal; however, students must be making satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible.
3. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG). These federal grants are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. No specific GPA is required for renewal; however, students must be making satisfactory academic progress to remain eligible. Priority is given to students who qualify for the Federal Pell Grant Program.
4. Michigan Competitive Scholarship. The Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority (MHEAA) offers scholarships on an annual, renewable basis. You must (1) fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, (2) demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA, (3) qualify as a result of your performance on the American College Test (ACT), (4) be a continuous resident of Michigan for 12 months preceding the examination date, (5) be a high school graduate with no previous college training, and (6) comply with all other provisions of Public Act 208 and regulations adopted by the MHEAA. As a scholarship winner, you are eligible to have your scholarship renewed if you are making satisfactory academic progress, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, and continue to demonstrate financial need. You must reapply for the scholarship each year by filing the FAFSA by March 1. You must also satisfy other regulations adopted by the state authority. Awards from this program are subject to state funding.
5. Federal TEACH Grant. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in specified content areas in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
6. Native American Tuition Benefit. Students who are certified by the Michigan Intertribal Council to be a member of a federally recognized tribe and a Michigan resident are eligible for a tuition benefit equal to their tuition costs. Students who believe they are eligible Native Americans can contact the Michigan Intertribal Council at (800) 562-4957 for an application and additional information. Students must be meeting institutional eligibility requirements to qualify.
1. Federal Perkins Loans. This federal loan program is for students who have financial need, are U.S. citizens, meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements of Grand Valley, and are not in default on previous federal loan programs. No interest accrues and no repayment is required while you carry at least a half-time load in most institutions of higher education. Repayment at a minimum of $40 per month is required within a 10-year period following the termination of your student status. Because of limited funds, loans are made for up to a maximum of $2,000 per year at Grand Valley. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligible students will be notified by the Grand Valley Financial Aid Office.
The interest rate is a simple annual 5 percent on the unpaid balance with repayment beginning nine months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time (six credits for undergraduate students).
2. Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. This federal loan program operates through the U.S. Department of Education and provides loans to students to help meet their educational expenses. Interest rates are fixed at 3.76 percent for 2016-2017. The interest rate changes each year on July 1. The federal government deducts a 1.068 percent origination fee from the total amount of the loan. If you are eligible for a subsidized loan, the federal government will pay the entire interest charge while you are in college. Students must demonstrate financial need to qualify. A student can borrow up to $3,500 for the freshman year of study; $4,500 for the sophomore year; and $5,500 for the junior and senior years, although the total borrowing plus other available resources cannot exceed the calculated financial need of the student to attend Grand Valley. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). First-time borrowers on or after July 1, 2013 will not be eligible to receive subsidized direct loans if the period during which the borrower has received such loans meet or exceeds 150 percent of the published length of the program. Eligible students will be notified by the Grand Valley Office of Financial Aid.
3. Nursing Loans. These federal loans are for students who are accepted into the nursing program at Grand Valley. Nursing loan criteria closely follow those of the Federal Perkins Loan Program.
Educational Loans Not Based on Need
1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Program. The unsubsidized loan is not based on need. Eligibility is determined by taking the cost of education to attend Grand Valley and subtracting any financial aid the student has been awarded. The interest rate is fixed at 3.76 percent for undergraduate students and 5.31 percent for graduate students for 2016-2017. The interest rates change each year on July 1. Under the Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan Program, however, the interest accrues on the loan while the student is enrolled in school, during the grace period, and during any periods of deferment or repayment. Students may pay on the interest while in school. Students not paying on their accruing interest should be aware that their loan principal will increase based on the amount of that unpaid interest. The federal government deducts a 1.068 percent origination fee from the total amount of the loan. Repayment of the loan principal begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time. To be considered for the Unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Grand Valley as a college choice.
2. Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Parents of dependent students may borrow funds under the parent loan program. The program makes loans of up to the full cost of educational charges without regard to financial need. The interest rate is fixed at 6.84 percent for 2015-2016. The federal government deducts a 4.272 percent origination fee from the total of the loan. Funds are made available through the Federal Direct Plus Loan Program. Grand Valley, not local banks, will originate these loans for parents.
3. Alternative Loan Programs. Alternative loans are nonfederal loans to supplement financial aid for credit-worthy students and their families. A student may borrow an amount up to the cost of education minus other financial aid already awarded. Both fixed and variable interest rates are available. Interest rates may vary depending on the student's decision to pay on the loan while in school versus deferring repayment until after graduation.
Contact the Financial Aid Office or visit our website www.gvsu.edu/financialaid for more information.
The Student Employment Office assists students in obtaining employment that will help finance their education and develop valuable work skills needed for their future careers. The office is a resource for students seeking employment job opportunities while attending GVSU. The staff works directly with on-campus departments and off-campus employers. LakerJobs is our online database that contains both student and professional jobs in one convenient place, including on-campus, off-campus, work-study, part time, internship, co-op, and full time career opportunities.
Visit the LakerJobs site at www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs to search for current job postings as jobs are posted daily. For more information please contact the Student Employment Office at (616) 331-3238. The office is located at 105 Student Services Building.
1. Student Employment: Any student wishing to work on-campus can apply for job opportunities through the LakerJobs website and seek assistance from the Student Employment office. It is important to follow the procedures outlined on the website to be informed of available employment opportunities and events.
2. Federal College Work-study Program: Work study is a form of need based financial aid that provides funding for on-campus part-time jobs to students. Neither work study funds nor employment is guaranteed and students must search and apply for jobs through the LakerJobs site after accepting work study funds.
MoneySmart Lakers is a financial education program on campus specifically focused on educating students about financial skills for their future. It is the goal of the program to provide students with the tools and resources to help them understand their personal finances, and to help develop or define their money management skills. MoneySmart Lakers provides in-class presentations, interactive seminars, on-demand presentations, and individual appointments to address the needs of the community.
Some of the topics addressed by MoneySmart Lakers:
1. Creating a spending plan
2. Learning how to build and maintain good credit
3. Understanding loans
4. Financing your education
5. Wealth building
Additional Payment and Student Options
1. Grand Valley Short-term Loans. For a small service fee, short-term loans of up to $500 are available for books and other emergencies. Repayment dates are determined by the Financial Aid Office at the time of application but do not exceed 60 days or the end of the semester (whichever comes first). Students need to be in good standing with the institution to apply for this loan. Applications and general policies regarding short-term loans are available at the Financial Aid Office.
2. Grand Valley Deferment Plan. The deferment plan allows students to pay their tuition in four installments for a small processing fee each semester. Applications and general policies regarding the deferment plan are emailed with the initial tuition billing each semester and are also available online through the myBanner system. Contact the Student Accounts Office for more information at (616) 331-2209 or toll-free (800) 789-1923.
3. Company Loans. Employees from participating companies that have a tuition reimbursement program are eligible to apply for a deferred tuition loan. Under this program, students may defer payment of their tuition until they receive reimbursement from their employers. Applications for this loan are available online through the myBanner system. Contact the Student Accounts office for more information at (616) 331-2209 or toll free (800) 789-1923.
The Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act (GI Bill®) provides educational benefits for servicemen and women who have served on active duty. You can obtain further information from the Veterans Administration office nearest your home or by calling them. They also have a website you can go to for more information, visit www.va.gov/.
Michigan Public Act 245 provides partial tuition payment to students from Michigan who are children of veterans who died in service or were totally disabled because of service causes. You can request an application and review further information at www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/.
Michigan Works! provides financial assistance designed to prepare individuals for entry into the labor force. Go to www.michiganworks.org to find out more about these funding options and the steps necessary to receive this financial assistance.
Veterans Administration Benefits. Information about education benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is available at the official U.S. government Web site www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the VA.
Vocational Rehabilitation. The Michigan Department of Education, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, provides services and financial assistance to students with certain disabilities. You can obtain information by calling your local Bureau of Rehabilitation office or writing to Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Box 30010, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or calling (517) 373-3390. For a listing of district offices call (800) 605-6722. To renew Vocational Rehabilitation assistance, you must submit the necessary financial aid forms each year and make arrangements for a review of your case with your vocational rehabilitation counselor.
Tribal Grants. Financial assistance may be available for Native American students who are affiliated with a tribe. For more information on requirements and application materials, contact your tribal higher education officer.
Private Scholarships. A limited number of scholarships are available from private sources. Contact organizations in your community that may provide scholarships, especially those in which you and/or your parents are active. Your local high school guidance office is also a source of this information. Scholarships may have deadlines beginning as early as October 1 for the following year, so it is important to begin your search as early as possible.
Enrollment Requirements for Disbursement of Aid
Your financial aid award is based on full-time enrollment, regardless of the plans you indicated on the FAFSA. Specific funds, however, have enrollment requirements and will apply toward your bill and be backed off your bill as your enrollment changes (i.e. as you drop and add credits).
The following funds will pay on your bill as long as you are enrolled for at least one credit:
- Some private (nonfederal) loans
- Some private scholarships
The following funds will pay on your bill as long as you are enrolled at least half-time (6 or more credits as an undergraduate; 4.5 or more as a graduate):
- Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
- Federal Direct PLUS Loans
- Some private loans
The following funds will be prorated based on your enrollment:
- State Competitive Scholarship
Prorated for three-quarter time enrollment of 9-11 credits
Prorated for half-time of 6-8 enrollment credits
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal TEACH Grant
Prorated for three-quarter time enrollment of 9-11 credits
Prorated for half-time enrollment of 6-8 credits
Prorated for less than half-time enrollment of 1-5 credits
The remaining funds require full-time enrollment of 12 or more credits to pay on your bill:
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Nursing Loan
- Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant
- Grand Valley grants
- Grand Valley scholarships
- Some private scholarships
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Federal regulations governing federal funds require institutions to monitor the academic progress of financial aid recipients. Grand Valley State University's policy is to provide financial aid only to students capable of remaining in good academic standing and who make adequate progress toward a degree. Adequate academic progress required to remain eligible for financial aid is defined as follows.
- Achieve a minimum 1.5 cumulative GVSU grade point average after 24 credits
- Achieve a minimum 1.8 cumulative GVSU grade point average after 54 credits
- Achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GVSU grade point average after 55 credits
- Complete and pass a minimum of two-thirds of all GVSU credit hours attempted
- Complete all degree requirements within 150 percent of the minimum number of credits hours required to graduate (based on 120 credits for undergraduate students)
Second Undergraduate Students
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GVSU grade point average
- Complete and pass a minimum of two-thirds of all GVSU undergraduate attempted hours
- Complete all additional requirements within 150 percent of the minimum number of credit hours required to complete an additional program. An additional 60 credits will be allowed for subsequent undergraduate work (based on 120 + 60 credits for second undergraduates).
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GVSU grade point average
- Complete and pass a minimum of two-thirds of all GVSU graduate credit hours attempted
- Complete all degree requirements within 150 percent of the minimum number of credit hours required to graduate (based on 60 credits for graduate students)
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GVSU grade point average
- Complete and pass a minimum of two-thirds of all GVSU credit hours attempted
- Complete all degree requirements within 150 percent of the minimum number of credit hours required to graduate (based on 120 credits for doctoral students)
General Provisions and Information
- Transfer credits will not be included in calculating the two-thirds completion rate. Transfer credits are included in the 150 percent of required credits limit for all students.
- Satisfactory academic progress will be determined at the end of each semester for all enrolled students regardless of whether or not financial aid was received that semester.
- Students in good financial aid academic standing who fail to meet the requirements in the subsequent semester will be placed on financial aid warning to allow them one semester to regain eligibility. If students are not meeting the overall satisfactory academic progress requirements after one semester of warning, they will no longer be eligible for aid.
- Students who were placed on a SAP warning status who were unable to meet the minimum requirements will be given the option of appealing to the SAP Appeals Committee to request an exception to receive financial aid for one probation semester. While on probation a student must meet the following requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility:
- Earn a 2.5 semester GPA or a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
- Complete all credits the student is still registered for at the end of the drop/add period.
- All credit hours attempted through international programs and through concurrent enrollment agreements count in the SAP calculation.
Students meeting financial aid probationary requirements will be continued on financial aid academic plan until they again meet standard academic progress requirements. Failure to meet the financial aid probationary GPA and/or credit completion requirement while on financial aid probation will result in the loss of eligibility for continued financial aid.
- Students may regain financial aid eligibility by achieving a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.0 and/or successfully completing a minimum of 67 percent of cumulative attempted credit hours at their own expense.
- Repeat classes increase the total attempted hours, but do not increase the total number of credits completed.
- Grades of W, NC, F, or I do not count in the GPA or credit completion requirement; however, these grades do count as attempted credits.
- Credits hours earned by testing or other nonstandard means are counted in the satisfactory academic progress calculations as both hours attempted and hours earned.
- All credit hours attempted through international programs and through concurrent enrollment agreements count in both attempted and earned calculations.
Students who fail to meet the previously listed academic progress standards may appeal the loss of financial aid eligibility. Appeals must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office with appropriate documentation of the circumstances which prevented the student from meeting the SAP requirements. The deadline for submission of an appeal for any semester in which aid is denied under this policy is the last day of the fourth week of classes.
NOTE: Refer to the Academic Policies and Regulations for the Academic Review Policy. These are separate from and different than the financial aid satisfactory academic progress requirements discussed previously.
Terms and Conditions Governing Acceptance of Award
Grand Valley State University's Financial Aid Office makes every effort to provide timely and accurate information in your award notification. The university also reserves the right to change without notice any award due to federal, state or university changes in policies, procedures or regulations.
In accepting your financial aid award offer, you are stating that you have met and will continue to meet all the following conditions of acceptance set by federal regulations and Grand Valley policies:
- The information submitted on your aid application is correct and complete.
- You will notify Grand Valley's Financial Aid Office (FAO) if you receive assistance not originally on your award notification (i.e. an outside scholarship). A reduction of other aid may be necessary even if funds have already been disbursed.
- You will use the financial aid awarded to you only for payment of tuition, books, housing costs, transportation, and other related educational expenses.
- You agree that financial aid awarded to you may be used as a credit toward payment of all tuition, fees, room, board, and all other charges that may be due or past due on your student account.
- You will maintain sufficient academic progress toward your degree according to the policy of the Grand Valley Financial Aid Office.
- You will maintain the minimum credit hour(s) that you have registered for after 100% refund each semester. Your award will be based on full time attendance and will be adjusted after the 100% tuition refund period each semester. If you drop below the number of credit hours upon which your award was based or withdraw completely from your courses, you may be expected to repay all or part of your award.
- You will notify the Financial Aid Office if you do not plan to enroll in a semester for which you have been awarded aid.
- You are not in default on educational loans and do not owe a balance as a result of returned aid for any federal funds received at Grand Valley or elsewhere.
- You must meet all the requirements regarding registering for selective service, citizenship status, and drug conviction status.
- You will respond promptly to any requests for additional information. Failure to do so may result in you being billed for a portion or all of the aid disbursed to you or will delay additional disbursements.
- You will immediately notify the Grand Valley Registrar's Office if you withdraw from the university. You may be billed for part or all of your financial aid. The bill will depend on the date of your withdrawal and the percentage and amount of institutional refund to be received.
- You agree to repay to Grand Valley any financial aid funds disbursed to you in error. If a mistake was made, whether by you, Grand Valley, or another, agency federal regulations require that the mistake be corrected and funds be billed back as necessary.