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Financial Aid & Scholarships

Welcome to the Grand Rapids Community College Financial Aid Office home page. You can access all of the services of our office on this website, including information on filing for financial aid, scholarships, grants and on-campus employment.

We strive to be more than ADA compliant. We strive to be accessible and welcoming to students of all abilities. If you need any assistance or accommodation in completing any components of the admissions, financial aid, orientation or enrollment processes, please contact us and let us know. In addition, Disability Support Services are available to assist students. 

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, you may contact us via email at, by phone at (616) 234-4030, or in person at the Enrollment Center in the Main Building. Our staff members will be happy to assist you.

Spring Open House

Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center


Please join us for:

  • Campus Tours
  • Placement Testing (separate sign-up - must begin test by 11:30)
  • FAFSA Completion Workshop (separate sign-up)
  • GRCC Resource Fair
  • Free parking and refreshments
  • Giveaways
  • One $500 GRCC scholarship will be given to a lucky attendee!

Save the date for our Spring Open House!

Important News and Updates

    • The IRS data retrieval tool (DRT) is currently unavailable (for the 2017-2018 FAFSA). The DRT is not expected to be returned to service until October 1, 2017 (for the 2018-19 FAFSA).
    • We encourage students and parents to proceed with the FAFSA completion using 2015 federal income tax returns or tax transcripts, for 2017-18 and 2016 federal income for 2018-19.
    • If you need assistance, please contact us at 616-234-4030 or visit the Enrollment Center.
  • The Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) is used to authenticate the identity of students, parents and borrowers so they can access their federal student aid information. (Previously, this had been done through the Federal Student Aid PIN) Each user creates their own FSA ID and password. The registration process should take less than seven minutes. Accounts should only be created by the owner of the FSA ID.
  • Now is the time to complete the 2017-18 FAFSA to start in the fall of 2017, winter 2018 or summer 2018. The 2017-18 FAFSA is based on 2015 income information.
  • October 1, 2017, you could begin completing the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year for fall 2018, winter 2019 and summer 2019.
  • Important Semester Dates
  • Check My Financial Aid Page
  • Direct Subsidized Loan Limits
  • **NEW** Repayment Plan available to all federal student loan borrowers.
  • STATE AID RECIPIENTS - Starting in the 2018-2019 school year ALL recipients of any state aid MUST complete a FAFSA.

Student Loan Origination Fee Update

Interest is “variable-fixed” rate. This means that students may receive a new rate with each new loan, but the rate will be fixed for the life of the loan. New interest rates will be set each July 1 through the following June 30 by the Department of Education.

The following interest rates are effective for all Direct Loans with a first disbursement on or after July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018:

The Federal Direct Loan interest rate for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans for undergraduate students is 4.45%.  The interest rates for Direct PLUS Loans will be 7.00%