Frequently Asked Questions

It's only natural to have a lot of questions when you're considering returning to college, so we've listed out answers to some of the most common questions, but don't hesitate to call our office with other questions you might have!

Adult students are often leaders in the classroom. We often hear from faculty how much they enjoy having classes with adult students for the experiences and conversations they bring. Approximately 8% of our students are nontraditional students and can be found in many different majors, you'll fit in and find where your community here at GVSU. 

That depends on your unique situation, including how many classes you're interested in taking each semester (we offer part time and full time study) and how many credits you may have accumulated on your educational journey.

We recommend you meet with our academic advisor and bring along unofficial copies your transcripts that include any credits you may have earned along the way. 

Typically, a bachelors degree requires 120 credits, In general, students who work full-time or who have significant responsibilities at home are most comfortable with a part-time schedule, taking two courses (6-8 credits) at a time. If a student enrolls in two courses every fall, winter, and spring/summer semester he/she will likely earn about 18 credits per year. Since the Bachelor's Degree requires a minimum of 120 credits, it will take a part-time student about seven years to graduate from GVSU. A full-time student can usually complete the Bachelor's Degree in four years.  Come talk to us and you might find that you're already well on your way! 

GVSU accepts coursework from many in-state and out-of-state institutions. If you're interested in seeing what course work may transfer, we encourage you to make an appointment with our advisor and bring copies of unofficial transcripts. If you're transferring, you can look on your own to see how your credits transfer.

The credits you’ve earned at GVSU remain on your transcript! If you’ve completed additional course work at another institution, our advisors can assist you in transferring those credits into GVSU.

Grand Valley costs much less than other public universities of comparable quality — and has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 17 years in a row. We know Grand Valley tuition is a real investment, and we’re sensitive to actual family budgets. We have various forms of financial aid available including scholarships, grants, loans, payment plans, and convenient plans for working with employers who provide educational benefits. You can see our current tuition and fees here and find more details on scholarships and employer deferment plans here.

There is some childcare offered through the Children's Enrichment Center at our Allendale Campus.

There are several ways you can earn credit or show expertise for the experiences and knowledge you have.

  • Challenge exams: We have internal challenge exams for several different areas including math and language - Please note that you will be waived out of a particular level of a course and be placed into a higher level course based on your performance on these exams.
  • Credit by exam: Through CLEP and DSST
  • Military evaluation and credit: For military coursework

Your advisor will work with you to determine what might help you complete your degree.

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