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Growing number of university students saving money, earning transfer credits, and spending summer at GRCC

March 4, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The number of university students attending Grand Rapids Community College during the summer semester continues to rise, with students earning credits to transfer back to their home schools.

Summer guest students attending GRCC increased 82 percent between 2013 and 2020. Last year, 1,574 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses – 25 percent of all students enrolled during the semester.

This year, GRCC is offering 736 courses during the summer semester, with registration now open. Classes run May 10 to Aug. 17 with a variety of start dates. Classes are offered in seven- and 14-week schedules, and in four formats – online, in-person, hybrid and virtual real-time.

“Summer classes at GRCC are an excellent, affordable way for students to keep the momentum going, especially in a year with so many challenges,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “Universities and colleges throughout the state accept transfer credits from GRCC, a reflection of the quality of our programs and faculty.”

GRCC summer courses allow guest students to gain credits at a lower cost than squeezing in the same class during their regular academic year at their home school. GRCC’s in-district tuition rate is $117 per credit hour.

Classes can be scheduled around summer jobs, internships and other activities, and allow students to work safely from home.

Students living in Grand Rapids who graduated from a high school in the city may be eligible to attend for free through a Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship even if they attended another college in the fall or winter semesters.

Summer sessions also are an option for students attending GRCC at least half-time through the state Futures for Frontliners and Michigan Reconnect programs.

Additional information is on the GRCC website at grcc.ed/gueststudents, by calling the Admissions and Enrollment Center at (616) 234-3300 or by email at

Grand Rapids Community College offers learners of all ages opportunities to gain credits for degrees or transfer and in-demand career skills leading to rewarding careers. GRCC was established in 1914 – Michigan’s first community college -- and offers affordable classes on weekdays, evenings, Saturdays and online at locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.


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