Laker Lifetime Learning (L3) Commitment

Even with so much uncertainty in the world right now, we want to emphasize that nothing will change Grand Valley’s commitment to our graduates. We recognize the challenges they face and are ready to support them now and throughout their lifetimes.

One way we're already helping is through Laker Lifetime Learning (L3), our comprehensive and holistic network of services and resources that reinforce our commitment to our graduates' continued learning. It's one of the things that sets us apart from other universities -- we'll always be alongside you, and all of our alumni, ready to help you reach your next goals. No matter what stage of your life or career, you can turn to us for a lifetime of support in three important areas:

  • Financial Resources
  • Career Support
  • Alumni Networking

Our Laker Lifetime Learning commitment prepares you for whatever comes next. That’s the Laker Effect and our commitment to all Laker alumni.


When it comes time to go back to school for a graduate degree, a second bachelor's degree, a digital badge, an online certificate, or just a class or two for personal development, we step up and repay your loyalty and confidence in Grand Valley with significant and creative financial assistance, including graduate assistantships and research grants, and our one-of-a-kind L3 account that puts $1,000 aside for every graduate to use for future classes at Grand Valley.

Learn More About the L3 Account


Our Career Center works with students and alumni exploring the world-of-work, planning and re-planning their career paths, preparing professional materials, and identifying ways to build professional networks. Connecting early and often with your dedicated career advisor increases confidence when pursuing your goals. Whether you are pursuing a certificate, undergraduate, or advanced degree, the Career Center will always be available to support you.

Visit the Career Center


You become a lifetime member of the GVSU Alumni Association the day you earn your diploma and we take our responsibilities to our growing alumni base seriously. We'll hook you up with civic, social, and professional networking opportunities and local and national clubs and chapters so you'll always have a supportive group with whom to share your Laker pride.

Learn More About Networking Opportunities for Alums


Registering for classes and receiving your L3 funds is easy. If you are enrolled in a graduate program, you don’t need to do anything. If you are not enrolled in a degree program, you will register as a non-degree seeking student. L3 funds are automatically applied to the semester tuition bill of all eligible students, based on their registered credits. No extra forms to fill out or red tape. It’s that simple.

Register as a Non-Degree Seeking Student

L3 Alumni Testimonials

Our alumni understand lifelong learning and have benefited from Grand Valley's L3 opportunities. Listen to their stories below.

GVSU alum Cordell Zachary talks about his experience with the L3 program.

Watch GVSU alumni Cordell Zachery speak about his experience with L3 and going back to school to pursue his graduate degree.

GVSU alumna Jordan Crandell speaks about the importance of lifelong learning.

Hear GVSU alumna Jordan Crandell speak to the importance of lifelong learning.

Watch GVSU alumna Shannon Cohen talk about going back to school and the importance of an advanced degree.

Watch GVSU alumna Shannon Cohen talk about going back to school and the importance of an advanced degree.

Listen to alumni Ryan Slusarzyk talk about the importance of lifetime learning at GVSU.

Listen to alumni Ryan Slusarzyk talk about the importance of lifetime learning and the pursuit of advanced degree opportunities at GVSU.

Page last modified August 4, 2021