Tuition and Fees

Grand Valley is one of the most affordable colleges in Michigan. The information provided below will help you understand our tuition, housing, meal plan, and parking permit costs.

Tuition is based on the classification of the student and the course: undergraduate lower or upper division, graduate, resident, or non-resident. These are figures for the 2015-2016 academic year.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates

Undergraduate Level

Michigan Resident 

Non-Michigan Resident

Lower Division

(0 - 54 credits earned)

  • $11,078 (per year)
  • $5,539 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $462 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $15,744 (per year) 
  • $7,872 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $656 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15

Upper Division

(55+ credits earned)

  • $11,648 (per year)
  • $5,824 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $486 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $16,344 (per year)
  • $8,172 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $681 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15

Graduate Tuition Rates

Masters Level

Michigan Resident

Non-Michigan Resident

  • Communications (M.S.) 
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.) 
  • English (M.A.) 
  • Health Administration (M.H.A.)
  • Linguistics (M.A.)
  • Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (M.S.) 
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Social Work (M.S.W.)
  • Any program, unless listed below.

$580 per credit hour

$770 per credit hour

  • College of Education (all graduate programs including Education Specialist)
  • School Psychology (M.S. & Psy.S.)
  • Non-Degree Graduate

$603 per credit hour

$793 per credit hour

  • Accounting (M.S.A.)
  • Biology (M.S.)
  • Biomedical Science (M.H.S.)
  • Biostatistics (M.S.)
  • Business (M.B.A.)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (M.S.)
  • Computer Information Systems (M.S.)
  • Medical and Bioinformatics (M.S.)
  • Taxation (M.S.T.) 

$608 per credit hour

 $798 per credit hour

  • Clinical Dietetics (M.S.)
  • Engineering (M.S.E.)
  • Medical Dosimetry (M.S.)
  • Nursing (M.S.N.)
  • Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Speech and Language (M.S.)

 $634 per credit hour

$824 per credit hour

Doctoral Level

Michigan Resident

Non-Michigan Resident

  • Nursing (D.N.P.) 
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) 

$712 per credit hour

$933 per credit hour


Other Estimated Yearly Expenses

  • Room and Board: $8,360 based on 14+ full service meal plan for students living on campus in traditional style university housing. Other housing and meal plan options are available.
  • Books and Supplies: $700 estimate for a full-time student enrolled for two semesters.
  • Transportation: Parking cost is $380 per year if you are a full time student bringing a car to campus. Bus transportation is free between the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses. Students not residing on campus should estimate their living and transportation costs on an individual basis.
  • Personal Expenses: $470 estimated amount a full-time student may choose to spend on social activities and other personal needs.

Some Grand Valley colleges, schools, and departments carry an additional tuition charge per credit hour for 300 level and above courses. The charge offsets the higher costs in those particular areas.

***PLEASE NOTE: Rates for tuition, room and board are subject to change, at any time, by the Board of Trustees.***

Contact the Admissions Office to request information, a catalog, or to have an application sent to you. You may also e-mail admissions@gvsu.edu or call toll-free (800) 748-0246 (or (616) 331-2025 in the Grand Rapids area) to submit your request. Please include your mailing address and phone number.