GVSU is one of the most affordable universities in Michigan, especially for our international students. Tuition is based on the classification of the student and the course: undergraduate lower or upper division, resident, or non-resident; and graduate by program. Undergraduate International Students receive a scholarship so that they pay the same rate as a resident student and not the higher, non-Michigan Resident rate. All graduate students, regardless of residency, pay the same tuition rate.

The link below will show you the current rates. Tuition rates are set in July for the upcoming academic year. If you are planning ahead for the next school year, you can anticipate the rates to increase by roughly 3%.

Tuition Rates

Payment Deadlines

New International Students

Grand Valley State University international students need to pay their student account balance in full by the deadline or sign up for a deferment plan by the deadline. Plan ahead so this is done no later than 5:00 p.m. E.S.T./E.D.T, the Friday before classes begin.

Please note, this deadline is different to the deadlines published online for all other students and different to the automated emails you will receive from Student Accounts. Please disregard those deadlinesGVSU's system automatically drop students from classes who do not pay by the deadline. 

You may view your Grand Valley Student Account through myBanner. You can also review the detailed guidance provided on our Get Ready page under the Student Accounts section

Returning Students

Students who have completed at least one semester at GVSU are considered "returning". Returning International Students must pay by the official deadline dates found on the website. Returning International Students are eligible for payment plans. 

How to Pay

GVSU does not accept direct wire deposits. Acceptable payment methods include: credit/debit card, PayMyTuition, or Convera. Details on payment via PayMyTuition and Convera are outlined below.

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. 


Preferred payment method for international students:

Grand Valley State University has partnered with PayMyTuition for international tuition payments. With PayMyTuition, you can pay your tuition payments from any bank, in any country in any currency at better than bank exchange rates. PayMyTuition is fast, simple, and cost effective.

How to Make a Payment:

1. Log into your myBanner student portal, select the Student tab, and click the Student Account link:

2. To review your statement, click on "Student Account Information". Once you are ready to proceed with your payment, select "International Student Payment (PayMyTuition)" from the Student Account page to be redirected to the PayMyTuition payment portal:

Alternatively, you can click on the "Pay Now" button below to be redirected to Grand Valley State University's payment portal:

Pay now with PayMyTuition

Additional Information on PayMyTuition:

How to make a payment - step-by-step PDFs:

PayMyTuition customer support information:

Call 1.855.663.6839 (toll-free) or through one of their local country contact numbers. You can also reach PayMyTuition Support at [email protected] or through their support page.

No matter what time zone you are in, you will have a dedicated customer support team available to you through live chat, email, and phone to answer any of your questions and help you make your payment.


Grand Valley State University has contracted with Convera Business Solutions to provide international students an alternative method for paying student bills. This payment option allows you to pay your student account balance in the currency of your choice and provides a simple and reliable way of initiating payments electronically.

GVSU Convera Portal

Advantages of using the student payment portal:

  • Foreign currency quote is easily obtained by accessing the payment method through the Convera Portal.
  • Tuition and fees are paid in the currency of your choice which is converted to U.S. Dollars.
  • There are NO additional transaction charges from Convera Business Solutions or Grand Valley State University when converting from your currency to USD.  There is 1% Convera fee for paying USD to USD.  Your financial institution may charge a transaction fee.
  • The exchange rate is valid for 72 hours after the transaction is initiated, taking the uncertainty out of the total payment amount.
  • The exchange rate is competitive when compared to most banks' retail rates.
  • Payments received will include your reference information, which ensures that your payment reaches your student account quickly.
  • Payments will be electronically transmitted to Grand Valley State University ensuring timely posting. Payments will be posted 2 to 5 business days from the time payment is initiated.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. What are the benefits of using the international student payment method?

A. When you select to make your payments via the international student payment method you will receive an exchange rate that is valid for 72 hours, which can be accepted before sending your funds. You will always know the amount you're going to pay in local currency at the time you send your payment and have confidence that the right amount will arrive to GVSU.

Q. Do I need to provide Grand Valley State University bank details?
A. No. You only need the home country bank details that will be provided to you as a PDF. Convera Business Solutions holds GVSU's bank details. All payments will be allocated accordingly using individual student ID number (G-number).

Q. Can I make a transfer via my own bank?
A. To get the benefits of this service it is important that you send your payment amount to Convera Business Solutions using the reference number that is provided. You can use your own bank to make this transfer to Convera Business Solutions. Make sure that your bank sends the reference number you have been given. This ensures your tuition and fee payment is easily identifiable and not be delayed.

Q. Which fees can I pay using this service?
A. This service can be used to make payment for all balances on your student account.

Q. I can find my home country but it doesn't let me use my home currency. Why?
A. Unfortunately, due to international and domestic banking regulations, some currencies are unable to be traded on the open market or are otherwise unavailable. In the instances where your country appears as an option but the currency is unavailable, you can select an alternative currency, including U.S. Dollar, to ensure your payment will be posted to your student account quickly.

For payment support please contact:

Convera Business Solutions
100 Summit Avenue Montvale, NJ 07645 Toll Free: (877) 218-8829
Telephone: (402) 884-3041
Email: [email protected]

2023-2024 First Semester Budget Planner

There are lots of expenses to consider from tuition and housing to books and orientation fee. Use the guide linked below to plan out your expenses for your first semester: 

First Semester Budget Planner

Page last modified June 20, 2024