Great Return on Investment


Grand Valley costs less than most other Michigan public universities and has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 24 years in a row.

  • Of all the 2019 graduates who graduated in four years or fewer, 35 percent had no debt.
  • Grand Valley provides high-quality education opportunities at an affordable tuition rate. Only four of Michigan’s 15 public universities have a lower first-time student annual tuition than Grand Valley.
  • In the 2018-19 academic year, Grand Valley students received more than $285 million in total financial aid, with more than $90 million in the form of scholarships, grants, and employment.
  • Grand Valley has answered the call for a better educated Michigan. Grand Valley’s enrollment went up 93 percent from 1997-2017.
  • Grand Valley’s liberal education focus emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding — preparing students for life in a fast-changing world. Accordingly, 95 percent of recent Grand Valley graduates are successfully employed or pursuing advanced degrees. Of those working, 85 percent are employed in Michigan.
  • Through basic and applied research, artistic expression and performance, and other forms of scholarship, GVSU faculty members not only contribute to the development and application of knowledge while creating a dynamic environment for learning, but also contribute to the economic progress of the region that they serve.
  • The total economic impact of Grand Valley’s faculty members, staff members, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2016-2017 was $849 million. Add in the avoided cost from our sustainable social, environmental, and economic best practices and the estimated annualized economic impact to West Michigan is even greater.
  • Grand Valley was rewarded by the state legislature and the governor for a sixth year in a row with a portion of state appropriations granted based on the university’s performance.