Finish Faster with 15 Credits

Grand Valley State University offers students the ability to take 15 credits for the same cost as 12 credits. GVSU refers to this as our "block rate".

Graduate on Time

Students are more likely to graduate in 4 years instead of 5

Perform Better Academically

Students with 15 credits have higher GPAs

Save on Tuition Costs

There is no additional cost for 12 to 15 credits

Graduate on Time


Students who earn at least 15 credits per semester not only pay less in tuition, they are also more likely to graduate on time compared to those who take fewer credits.

The minimum number of credits required to graduate from Grand Valley is 120.

Students who earn at least...

Likelihood of Graduating in 4 Years

15 credits in their first term

26% more likely to graduate in 4 years

30 credits in their first year

162% more likely to graduate in 4 years

60 credits in their first 2 years

200% more likely to graduate in 4 years

90 credits in their first 3 years

294% more likely to graduate in 4 years

This graphs shows the impact of taking 12 credits per semester vs 15 credits per semester. Students that take 12 credits will graduate in 5 years, students taking 15 credits can graduate in 4 years.
Did You Know?

Students taking 15 credits per semester remain on track to graduate in 4 years.

Perform Better Academically

Higher GPA

Students taking a full credit load tend to have higher GPAs. Freshman, transfer, and returning students enrolled in 15 credits all carry higher GPAs than students enrolled in 12 credits.

Student GPAs

Student Type

Students Taking 12 Credits

Students Taking 15 Credits










All Students



While many factors influence academic performance (number of hours worked and other outside commitments, for example), staying on pace to graduate in four years should be part of your plan for success. 

Save on Tuition Costs

This is a graph showing the impact of the block rate on degree cost using the scenarios presented on this page.


Scenario 1: Students enrolled in 12 credits per semester won't be using the block rate. These students will accumulate 120 credits in five years and will have paid tuition for 120 credits.

Scenario 2: Students enrolled in 15 credits each semester are in the block rate (paying for 12 credits). These students will accumulate 120 credits in four years, and have paid tuition for 96 credits.

Please note, the block rate only applies to undergraduate students.

Page last modified November 14, 2019