Grinnell College offers a full range of financial aid opportunities to international students and we are committed to providing affordable education to students from around the world.

Admission to Grinnell is highly selective, and the competition for financial aid is more competitive as the applicant’s demonstrated financial need increases.  Students who demonstrate academic excellence and who maintain active cocurricular involvement are especially attractive to our admissions committee, regardless of financial need.

Applying for Financial Aid

Please submit the CSS Profile. Our school code is 6252.

Requesting a waiver for the CSS Profile fee

We offer a very limited number of waivers and we cannot approve every request. If the items below have not been completed prior to submission of this request form, the fee waiver request will be automatically denied. Only students who have already submitted the following materials will be considered:

  • Common Application
  • Official SAT I or ACT Score Report
  • Official TOEFL Score Report (unless you have already been granted a waiver of the TOEFL requirement)

If the above items have not been completed prior to submission of this request form, your request for a fee waiver will be automatically denied. 

Fee Waiver Request Deadlines:

Early Decision I - November 1
Early Decision II - December 15
 Regular Decision - January 1
Transfers - no fee waivers granted

Types of Aid Available to International Students


Admitted international students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for grant assistance. We assess financial need based on the information you and your family accurately and truthfully provide.

Requirements: Any international student who indicates on the Common Application an intent to be considered for need-based financial aid must submit the CSS Profile as part of the complete application file. Grinnell's school code for the CSS Profile is 6252. Grinnell does not require IDOC information in the application stage.

Merit Scholarships

Each year Grinnell College awards merit scholarships to a few admitted international applicants who demonstrate exceptional scholastic abilities and leadership skills.

You do not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for merit scholarships.  Scholarship amounts vary.

Requirements: No additional applications, forms or essays are required.

International Special Scholarships

Grinnell offers a limited number of extremely competitive comprehensive scholarships that cover a majority of the costs associated with attending the College (including tuition, room and board, fees, health insurance, and books) that the student and their family are unable to cover.

This funding is the result of gifts designated to support enrollment from specific world regions.

International Special Scholarships are designated for students from Africa; Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East, and Nepal, as well as a native speakers of Russian (regardless of citizenship).

These scholarships are renewable for three additional years of study.

Requirements: No additional application form is required, and all admitted regular decision students from the designated world regions are automatically considered for these awards.

Scholarships and Fellowships: Resources for International Students

This page has more Resources for International Students.

Campus Employment

If campus employment is part of your financial aid award, a campus job can provide sufficient hours (typically 8–10 hours per week) to earn the amount.  The average pay rate is $8.50 per hour.

The College will assign a campus job (usually in Dining Services) prior to your arrival.

You are responsible to follow through on the offer of employment by confirming your job assignment and by maintaining your position through good performance.


  • Complete an application for financial aid.

  • Obtain employment authorization.

  • Confirm your job assignment.

Employment Authorization

Most international students hold F-1 status, which allows for this opportunity.

F-1 students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours a week while school is in session, and up to 40 hours a week during break periods.  We do not guarantee summer campus employment, but F-1 students may also apply for these positions. 


The College offers some loans to international students.  The maximum loan for each year is $4,000. 


  • Complete an application for financial aid and check the “loan” box.
  • Have a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident as an approved cosigner.  A cosigner is someone who is willing to sign the loan agreement with you and is promising that, in the event you are unable or unwilling to pay the balance due on the loan, he or she will be responsible for repaying the loan.