University students save money, earn credits by taking summer classes at GRCC

April 4, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Students from colleges and universities throughout Michigan are spending their summers in Grand Rapids Community College classrooms, gaining credits that they can transfer to their home schools.

The number of “guest students” at GRCC increased almost 80 percent between 2011 and 2018. Last summer, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses -- 22 percent of all students enrolled.

This summer, GRCC is offering 320 courses to guest students, with about 600 seats still available.

“Universities and colleges throughout the state accept transfer credits from GRCC, a reflection of the quality of our programs and faculty,” said Associate Provost Tina Hoxie, dean of Student Affairs. “We offer in-person and online classes, which makes it easier for students to schedule around summer jobs, internships and other activities.”

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 $115 per credit hour.

Last summer, GRCC saw the most guest students -- 475 -- from Grand Valley State University, followed by Michigan State University, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Ferris State University and University of Michigan.

Students interested in attending GRCC as a guest student should first check with their home institution’s course equivalency guide to ensure that GRCC courses will transfer back.

Students may apply online, or call (616) 234-3300 or email for additional information.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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