Financial Questions Answered

Tuition: 

The latest tuition rates can be viewed on the Grand Valley website under Financial Aid Cost of Attendance. Payment methods include: cash, credit card, demand draft, travelers checks or Western Union Business Solutions. Students must pay by the official deadline dates found on the website. First semester international students do not follow these payment deadline dates, as their tuition payment deadline will be the Friday before classes begin. If you are a first semester student, you will continue receiving emails regarding payment for your classes; however, you may disregard these emails since your classes will be held for you by the International Center. You can view your specific Grand Valley billing account through myBanner.

Grand Valley State University requires all first semester international students to pay tuition, fees and on campus housing in full by the Friday before classes begin.  You may view your specific Grand Valley billing account through myBanner. Please make arrangements to pay your bill in full no later than 5:00 p.m. E.S.T./E.D.T, the Friday before classes begin. No payment plans will be available for your first semester at GVSU.

International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required by law to provide evidence of financial support sufficient to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for their degree program.   The expectation is that the student will be financially capable of paying tuition and living in the U.S. on the funds demonstrated. 

Details and questions about payment can be found here and here

Grand Valley State University has partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide international students and their families a fast, easy, and affordable way to pay education costs online and in their own currency. This service allows you to pay locally from your home bank, saving you money on exchange rates and bank fees. Funds are credited directly to your bursar account in dollars in as few as two (2) business days.

What are the benefits?

  • Use your own currency! Your full payment amount will still be received in U.S. dollars.
  • Stop worrying about exchange rates. The rate is held in for 72 hours, so the full amount arrives every time.
  • The exchange rate is very competitive when compared to your financial institution’s retail rates.
  • There are NO transaction charges from Western Union Business Solutions or Grand Valley State University.
  • Save on bank and credit card fees and use an affordable local bank transfer.
  • Gain payment peace of mind knowing that your funds will arrive in full, on time and without deductions or delays.
  • Learn More Below:

  • Grand Valley State University Student International Payment Information
  • International Payment Instructions
  • Currency Option List
  • China Payment Options - English  or Chinese
  • Korea Payment Options

Scholarships and Loans: 

On-Campus Scholarship All F-1 International Students that will have completed 12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits at Grand Valley by the end of this Winter semester are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Information will be emailed to students in January. The scholarship will be awarded for the next academic year. Students submit an application to a committee chaired by the Director of International Students and Scholars Services. Questions should be directed to Kate Stoetzner at istudents@gvsu.edu. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Please complete your application online. We are no longer accepting emailed or paper applications. 

The application will require you to submit the following information:

  1. Eligibility
  2. General Information
  3. Personal Essay
  4. Recommendations
  5. Financial Need
  6. Electronic Signature and Submission

Tips for completing the application:

  • You cannot save an incomplete application and return to it later so make sure you plan enough time to complete in one sitting.
  • Since you are not able to save and return to this application, we recommend you type up your essay in a word document before filling out the application.
    • Essay prompt: “This essay should describe how the scholarship would help you reach your educational goals. It should also be used to demonstrate to the scholarship committee how you are unique and what you are able to contribute to our university. Try to make yourself come to life in your essay; describe yourself as a person, a student, and a future member of your chosen profession.”
  • Make your essay personal and interesting. We weigh the applications mostly on the essay and financial need.

 

Off-Campus Scholarships There are many opportunities pertaining to private scholarships and grants. You will find the following websites helpful when researching alternative sources of funding: 

Scholarship Opportunities

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund 

LewerMark 'Make You Mark" Scholarship 

The Princeton Review 

FastWeb 

International Peace Scholarship for Women 

International Student Scholar Award 

International Scholarships 

International Student Scholarship Opportunities 

International Student Loans

NinjaEssays Writing Contest

The Leo S. Rowe Pan America Fund



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