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 2014-2015 academic year.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates

Undergraduate Level

Michigan Resident 

Non-Michigan Resident

Lower Division

(0 - 54 credits earned)

  • $10,752 (per year)
  • $5,376 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $448 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $15,408 (per year) 
  • $7,704 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $642 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15

Upper Division

(55+ credits earned)

  • $11,034 (per year)
  • $5,652 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $471 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $15,984 (per year)
  • $7,992 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $666 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.) 
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.) 
  • Social Work (M.S.W.)
  • Any program, unless listed below.

$562 per credit hour

$752 per credit hour

  • College of Education (all graduate programs including Education Specialist)
  • Non-Degree Graduate

$584 per credit hour

$774 per credit hour

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

$589 per credit hour

 $779 per credit hour

  • Engineering (M.S.E.)
  • 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.)

 $614 per credit hour

$804 per credit hour

Doctoral Level

Michigan Resident

Non-Michigan Resident

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

$690 per credit hour

$911 per credit hour


Other Estimated Yearly Expenses

  • Room and Board: $8,200 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: $800 estimate for a full-time student enrolled for two semesters.
  • Transportation: Parking cost is $360 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: $500 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.