Voting resources, Financial Aid info and more!
Voting resources, Financial Aid info and more!
Grand Valley State University
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Allendale campus Clocktower surrounded by colorful fall leaves
It's hard to believe that we're nearly 2/3 of the way into the Fall 2022 semester! The leaves have turned, making autumn a front runner for most beautiful season on campus, students have conquered mid-terms, and the holiday season (and final exams!) are on the horizon, making this a busy and memorable time of year. Read on for important upcoming dates, events, and resources essential to Lakers finishing out the semester and making the most of the remainder of this year.

Parent & Supporter Resources & Reminders

Important Dates 
November 23-27 - Thanksgiving recess, no classes
December 10 - Commencement
December 12-17 - Examinations


Student's hand holdig sharpie marker surrounded by GVSU votes buttons.
Does Your Student Have a Voting Plan?
Election day is on November 8, 2022. The Allendale Township Clerk Satellite Office is open NOW through Election Day in the Kirkhof lobby to answer students’ voting-related questions. Encourage your Laker to visit the GVSU Votes! website for hours and more important voting information.
Two students walking through campus in the fall

Giving to Our Lakers
The Dean of Students Emergency Fund

With holiday season upon us, we know that there are many opportunities to give and many organizations requesting resources and donations. The Dean of Students office and the students we serve would be grateful if you were to consider donating to the Dean of Students Emergency Fund this year to help students in need overcome small financial barriers to their overall education. 
The Dean of Students Emergency Fund helps all students meet small financial needs after they have exhausted all other financial aid resources. Last year, our division fund was able to help 21 different students with various needs ranging from unexpected medical bills to transportation costs and technology support. This school year, we’ve already been able to help an additional 7 students, and we hope to support even more.

To learn more about the work of our CARE Team and how to refer students who could use additional support, please visit the CARE website

Dining on Campus

Students holding their dining dollars cards

Laker Food Co. Updates

  • Thanksgiving Break is around the corner– remind your student to visit after November 11 for modified break hours.
  • Over 600 Lakers completed our recent online survey! Results will be used to shape Winter ’23 services.
  • Students can use Meals at the POD C-Stores. See the Meal Combo Cheat Sheet for details.
  • Meal Plan changes for Winter ’23 will be accepted online beginning Tuesday, November 22 through Friday, January 13, 2023. Students can visit and select “Meal Plans” and then “Change Meal Plan” from the drop-down menu.
  • Running low on Dining Dollars? Add more online! You can pay now with a credit card or have it billed to your student’s university account.

Academic Support

GV Career Center Exploration Process
Exploring Careers with the GV Career Center
If your student is struggling to pick a major or is unsure if they are on the right track, check out the GVSU Career Center’s self-guided career exploration process. This four-step process encourages students to establish their values, explore their industry options, set goals, and take action! 
To become more connected with fellow students, employers, resources, and communication directly related to industries, students are encouraged to join a Career Community. Career Communities are a great career exploration tool for investigating career paths, learning about events in a field of interest, and staying up to date on the world of work. For more information, visit
November Workshops, How to Fail Successfully, 11/3 12 - 1 p.m. and Understanding Procrastination & Creating Motivation 11/15 2 - 3p.m. and Simple Study Strategies 11/30 1-2 p.m.

Academic Success Workshops

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is offering virtual academic success group workshops throughout the fall semester.
November topics:
  • How to Fail Successfully
  • Understanding Procrastination & Creating Motivation
  • Simple Study Strategies
All interested students should visit the SASC website to RSVP and for a list of all workshops. If students prefer to discuss these topics one-on-one with a success coach, they can make an appointment on the Success Coaching website. 


GVSU Let's Talk

Let's Talk!

If you have a student who isn’t quite ready to make the leap into counseling or would benefit from working through a particular issue with a professional, the University Counseling Center offers Let’s Talk. Let’s Talk isn’t mental health treatment, but Let’s Talk counselors can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce a student to what it’s like to speak with a member of the University Counseling Center staff. Students can talk one-on-one with a counselor and seek professional advice without having to sign up for counseling.  It is free for currently enrolled students and no appointment is necessary. 

Housing and Residence Life

My College Roomie is Open for upperclassmen, transfers, and returners. Find your roommate for next year now!
My College Roomie: Connecting Lakers with Their Next Roomie
If your Laker is a returning student, upperclassman, or transfer student that is planning on living on-campus next year, make sure to tell them to log into My College Roomie!

Even if they know who they will be living with next year, they will need to log in and connect with their roommate. If they are planning on living alone, it's still helpful to log in and connect with others just in case a future roommate need arises. We have limited single spaces available.

Questions? Students can call the Central Housing Office at 616-331-2120 for more information.

Financial Aid

2023-2024 Scholarship Information

Our online scholarship database, myScholarships and the FAFSA for the 2023-2024 academic year are now open!  The FAFSA priority filing deadline is March 1, 2023.  The majority of scholarship deadlines fall between February 15 and March 1.  
The winter semester bills will be emailed to students by November 21.  Students can log in to their myBanner account to view their ebill and/or make payment arrangements.  Payment due date for the winter semester is Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m.  Visit for information about payment options.
Our MoneySmart Lakers program provides individual counseling and workshops that address topics such as budgeting, credit, student loans, and overall financial wellness.  If you have a student graduating in December, we would encourage you to have them schedule an exit loan counseling appointment on our website at
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
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