College Glossary: G

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Grade Point Average (GPA) – there are two types of GPAs. An unweighted version is simply the average grade you have earned in all your courses to date (with no attention to the difficulty of your courses), while a weighted average takes into account both the degree of difficulty of the courses (Advanced Placement, Honors, IB) and the grade earned in those courses.

Grant – sum of money given to a student based on certain criteria for the purposes of paying at least part of the cost of college. A grant does not have to be repaid.