Grand Valley State University's Grand Finish grant is available to first-time and transfer college students who complete 90 credit hours within three years of enrollment at GVSU.

Prepare for a Grand Finish

The less time you spend in college, the less money you will spend on your degree. Let Grand Valley State University help you have a Grand Finish!

Here is our promise. When you complete 90 GVSU credit hours within three years of initial enrollment, we will award you $1,000 over your next two semesters of study. It's our early graduation gift. Dual enrollment, advanced placement, and international baccalaureate credits earned prior to your first semester at Grand Valley count toward the 90-hour requirement, speeding your time to graduation.

The grant is available to transfer students, too. You will be awarded $500 grant once you've earned 90 eligible credit hours, with an average of 30 credit hours per year at Grand Valley in the year(s) following your transfer.

There is no need to apply for the Grand Finish grant. Once you have earned the eligible credits, the grant will be automatically added to your financial aid award the following semester(s). 

Grant Eligibility

Grand Finish Grant Eligibility

  • Students must earn 90 GVSU credits within three years of initial enrollment, starting with the Fall semester. 
  • 90 GVSU credits can include:
    • All GVSU credits earned
    • AP, CLEP, and IB credits earned before enrolling at GVSU
    • Dual enrolled credits earned before entering GVSU   
  • 90 GVSU credits cannot include:
    • Transfer credits (for freshmen) earned at another school after initial enrollment at GVSU.
    • Repeated coursework, only the final attempt of a specific course will be included
  • All eligible credits earned and credits a student is enrolled in for the current semester will be taken into consideration towards the 90 GVSU credits earned. 
  • A $1000 grant will be given over two semesters, once the student becomes eligible. Students enrolled for the spring/summer term may request that the first semester of eligibility be moved to this term by contacting Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 616-331-3234.
  • Students must earn an average of 30 credits per year at GVSU. Eligibility will be assessed as soon as the student has both 90 total undergraduate credits and 30 GVSU credits.
  • 90 credits can include:
    • All GVSU credits earned
    • AP, CLEP, and IB credits earned before enrolling at GVSU
    • Dual enrolled credits earned before entering GVSU
    • Transfer credits earned before entering GVSU
    • Transfer credits earned at another school, after the initial enrollment at GVSU, if the student earned an average of 30 credits per year at GVSU
  • 90 credits cannot include repeated coursework, only the final attempt of a specific course will be included
  • A $500 grant will be given over two semesters, once the student becomes eligible. Students enrolled for the spring/summer term may request that the first semester of eligibility be moved to this term by contacting the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 616-331-3234

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For More Information

New Students: Contact the Admissions Office, (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246 or www.gvsu.edu/admissions

Returning Students: Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, (616) 331-3234 or www.gvsu.edu/financialaid

President Thomas Haas

The Grand Finish grant is our reward to you for your hard work in staying on the path toward timely graduation. I know how challenging it can be to finish your degree. We hear you, and we will help with improved orientation programs, enhancements to advising, and other tools to stay on course for your Grand Valley degree.

Thomas J. Haas
President



Page last modified July 31, 2018