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Consortium Agreements

During the course of your academic career at the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), you may want to take a course(s) at another institution and transfer the course(s) back to your degree program at GRCC.  This can be accomplished through a Consortium Agreement and you may be eligible to receive financial aid. 

This Consortium Agreement is a contract between two colleges/universities that recognizes your registration at each location for financial aid purposes. It also certifies only one of the two institutions can administer Title IV and State financial aid.   

This Consortium Agreement refers to the two colleges/universities as the "Home Campus" and the "Host Campus:"

The Home Institution is the school where the student is fully matriculated and from which he/she will earn a degree.

The Host Institution is where the student temporarily takes courses, whose credits will be transferred back to his/her "Home Campus."

We participate with Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University (Landscape program only) and Davenport University in the consortium program.   If GRCC will be your “Host” school, you would want to contact your “Home” school regarding their process.

If GRCC is the “Home” school, there are specific guidelines you must meet to complete this process.

  1. You must be a degree-seeking student at GRCC.
  2. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and add the GRCC School code 002267.
  3. You should follow-up with your academic advisor and the Host institution to make sure the necessary classed are being taken.
  4. You will need to complete a Consortium Agreement Contract in the Financial Aid Office.
  5. You must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  6. Once the Financial Aid Office receives all required documents, your aid will be evaluated.

If you have questions regarding this process, please the GRCC Financial Aid Office at 616-234-4030 or