FAQ during Covid-19

We've collected your most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answered them for you on this page. They cover:


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For GVSU's most up-to-date COVID information, please visit the Lakers Together page. 


  • When can I apply for my visa at a US Embassy in my country?
    You will be able to apply for your visa as soon as you have received your I-20, paid the required SEVIS fee at www.fmjfee.com, AND the US Embassy in your country has opened for non-immigrant visa appointments.  Please check the US Embassy website in your country for details: www.state.gov
  • What if I cannot arrive before classes begin on January 10?
    Please email Chris Hendree [email protected]  for details on how to defer or apply for a future semester at GVSU.
  • What is the latest date I can defer my admission if I cannot obtain a visa before Fall semester begins?
    We will need final information from you on January 10, 2022.
  • What tips do you have about my visa interview?
    Be prepared to show that you are academically and financially a strong candidate to enter the US.  You must be able to convince the Visa Officer that your specific degree at GVSU will make a difference in your future in your home country. We believe that finances will be heavily scrutinized during this time, because the pandemic has been devastating to families around the world


  • What is the application deadline?
    November 1 is the GVSU Housing Application Priority Deadline. We recommend applying before you know if you visa is approved so you are certain you will have a place on-campus. If you need to cancel, your housing deposit will be refunded to you.
  • How can I apply for GVSU Housing?
    Here is the link to Apply: https://www.gvsu.edu/housing/students/applying-for-on-campus-housing-38.htm
    Please make sure to apply as a Transfer student. This allows you to select the apartment options. Freshman applications are only allowed to select dorm style.
  • How do I get the login information to apply?
    Your GVSU login information was provided to you by Admissions when you were admitted to GVSU. If you cannot locate this information, please contact Chris Hendree [email protected] in Admissions.


  • I didn't get my visa on time. What is the latest date I can arrive to GVSU?
    Tuesday, January 18 is the latest day new International Students can arrive to GVSU. On this date, students must be in their permanent housing in the Grand Rapids area to begin their quarantine and begin their courses fully.
  • When should I arrive to Grand Rapids [GRR] Airport?
    January 4 and 5 are the designated arrival dates. 
  • Will I be collected from the airport?
    Yes! Students that arrive to Grand Rapids [GRR] on the designated arrival dates will be collected by a transport service. Please submit your arrival information HERE so we know you need picking-up! Please note there is a $70 fee for this service.
  • Can I arrive to another city and get a ride to Allendale?
    We DO NOT recommend flying into other airports such as Detroit or Chicago then taking public transportation to Grand Rapids. This will increase the contamination rate significantly for yourself and others and often causes delays and other complications to your travels.
  • Can I arrive late?
    January 17 is the latest date you may arrive to GVSU Housing.  Make sure to communicate your plans to Chris Hendree [email protected] with your plans and keep in mind you should be fully registered for your courses before arriving.



  • Can I get tested for Covid-19 while I am at GVSU?
    Yes, GVSU hosts free COVID testing clinics on campus every week. Check your emails to sign up for a test.


  • Is a COVID-19 Vaccine required to attend GVSU in-person?
    Students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for an exemption or postponement.
  • As an international student, am I eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    Yes! GVSU makes vaccination opportunities available to students. Please check your emails regularly!
  • How much does it cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
    All COVID-19 vaccinations are free in the USA for all residents and non-residents. 


  • What is undergraduate tuition?
    Tuition rates for 2021-2022 will be announced in July, 2021.  You may find last year's rates here: https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/tuition-fees-68.htm Students are charged by the number of credits they are taking each semester. Undergraduate International students are required by Federal Immigration Regulations to take at least 12 credits per semester.  
  • What is graduate tuition?
    Tuition rates for 2021-2022 will be announced in July, 2021. Graduate tuition rates can be found here: https://www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/tuition-fees-68.htm. Graduate rates vary by program. Graduate International students are required by Federal Immigration Regulations to take at least 9 credits per semester. 


  • What is the deadline?
    January 7, 2022, 5 p.m., Michigan time, is the payment deadline for all new F-1 and J-1 international students. New students must pay their account balance in full. Students who do not pay by this time will be dropped from all their courses and will need to re-register for their courses, if they are still available during the first week of classes. 
  • How can I pay my tuition and fees?
    GVSU accepts payment by electronic check, credit card, and Western Union. Details on how to pay your payment are found here: https://www.gvsu.edu/studentaccounts/forms-of-payment-25.htm  Please note, GVSU no longer accepts cash payments for tuition, housing, meal plans, books, or any other expenses.
  • Can I use a payment plan?
    Payment plans are not possible for your first semester at GVSU. You can use a payment plan for your second and all other semesters at GVSU.


  • Can I work at GVSU?
    Yes! US Federal Immigration Regulations allow F-1 students to work on-campus only. Students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semesters and a maximum of 40 hours during breaks. You can look for on-campus jobs in Handshake
    Laker Food Co. is the number one employer of student workers on-campus. The International Student Services (ISS) team works with Laker Food Co. each year to facilitate interviews. .
  • Are GAs available and how do I apply?
    Graduate Assistantships (GA) are limited to Graduate Students only and are highly competitive. GA positions are posted here: https://www.gvsu.edu/gs/graduate-assistant-job-openings-25.htm. We also recommend that you contact your Academic Department to inquire about any upcoming GA positions. Some positions are not posted online when departments hire within their program.


  • Is health insurance required?
    It is not required, however, you should plan to purchase insurance especially during a global health crisis. If your finances are so tight that you cannot afford health insurance, it is better to attend GVSU in a future semester. Health care in the United States is incredibly expensive and there is no financial assistance available for F1 or J1 Students.
  • Where should I purchase health insurance?
    We recommend that you bring health insurance from home.  Otherwise, GVSU recommends this policy: Student Health Insurance Plan - Relation Collegiate Solutions (relationinsurance.com)  Please research health coverage as it relates to your specific health needs.
  • What coverage do you recommend?
    We recommend that you have a minimum of $50,000.00 worth of coverage.  Please note that if you contract COVID19, the actual medical cost is likely to be significantly higher for hospital treatment in the US. You may also want medical evacuation and repatriation coverage.


  • Will masks be required on-campus and in classes?
    Yes. GVSU maintains a website dedicated to COVID-19 information. The most up-to-date information can be found there: https://www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus/
  • Will social distancing be enforced on-campus?
    Yes. GVSU maintains a website dedicated to COVID-19 information. The most up-to-date information can be found there: https://www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus/

Page last modified July 19, 2022