Financial Support and Scholarships

Ways to finance your education:

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistantships provide students with:

  • Part-time work
  • Financial assistance
  • Experience within their field of study
  • An opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a professional setting

Presidential Research Grants

Presidential Research Grants

Presidential Research Grants are intended as a one-time award during a graduate student’s GVSU academic career.

Grant awards of up to $1,000 are available to support the research projects of graduate students

Industry-sponsored Grad Assistant

Industry-sponsored Graduate Assistant

Similar to a typical graduate assistantship, the Industry-sponsored Graduate Assistant (IGA) program involves students in engineering activities in exchange for financial assistance.

The engineering activities take place at the site of a sponsoring engineering company in West Michigan. Graduate students and partner companies will benefit at the same time.

Academic Conference Fund

Academic Conference Fund

The purpose of the Academic Conference Fund is to provide non-competitive grants to encourage student presentations at academic conferences by offsetting the cost of attendance.

Awards of up to $500.00 (up to $750.00 for international travel) will be given to those invited to present or perform at a conference/meeting.

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

Industry-sponsored Graduate Assistant

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

Amount & Renewal

$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