What is the Educational Support Program?

  • Grand Valley State University's Educational Support Program (ESP) is a federally-funded, comprehensive support program for first-generation and financially-eligible college students. Professional advisors and student peer mentors provide an array of services designed to help students meet their personal, academic, and career goals.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Participants must be undergraduate students admitted to Grand Valley. Additionally, participants must be first-generation college students (neither parent graduated with a bachelor's degree) who meet federal income guidelines and have a need for academic assistance.

How do I know if ESP is right for me?

  • Do I need assistance with:
    • Scheduling?
    • Study techniques or test-taking techniques?
    • Managing my time?
    • Creating an academic plan?
    • Being admitted to a secondary admission program?
    • Filing my FAFSA?
    • Securing loans and scholarships?
    • Exploring different majors?
    • Interview skills?
    • Exploring various career opportunities?
    • Constructing an effective resume and portfolio?
    • Applying to graduate school?
    • Addressing personal concerns?
    • Meeting other students on campus?
    • Finding resources on campus and in the community?
    • Finding volunteer opportunities?
    • Studying Abroad?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, ESP is right for you!