Growing number of university students earning credits, saving money as GRCC guest students

Students in science class.

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.

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