US Students

Need-Blind Admission

Grinnell College practices need-blind admission, admitting academically qualified applicants regardless of financial need, and we meet 100% of demonstrated need. Admitted students with demonstrated financial need receive generous need-based aid packages.

Types of Aid

Grinnell College offers a variety of merit-based and need-based financial aid.

Expenses

2013–14 comprehensive fee: $53,654

  • Tuition and fees: $43,656
  • Room and board: $9,998

When determining eligibility for assistance, we make annual allowances for the following expenses:

  • Books and supplies: $900
  • Personal expenses: $1,100
  • Travel expenses: up to $1,100, depending upon home state/country

Additional fees (e.g., for individual or small-class studio instruction in music or ninth-semester teaching fees) may apply.

Health insurance is required of all students. Any student not completing a waiver showing other health insurance coverage in the United States will be billed $1,025 for student health insurance. This fee is automatically included in determining eligibility for assistance for international students.

Applying for Merit Aid

Grants and scholarships form the largest part of our financial aid funds. The Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. It is renewable (at the initial amount) for three additional years provided a cumulative GPA of 2.75 is maintained. You will automatically be considered for merit aid.  No application is needed other than a complete Admission application.

Applying for Need-Based Financial Aid

1. Complete the 2014-15 CSS Financial Aid PROFILE.  Grinnell's CSS PROFILE code number is 6252.

  • by November 15 for Early Decision I, in addition
    • Submit copies of 2012 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, directly to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid.
    • by April 15, submit signed copies of 2013 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the College Board's IDOC service.
  • by January 1 for Early Decision II, in addition
    • Submit copies of 2012 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, directly to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid.
    • by April 15, submit signed copies of 2013 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the College Board's IDOC service.
  • by February 1 for Regular Decision, in addition
    • by February 1, if 2013 tax returns are not available, submit signed copies of 2012 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, directly to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid. You will still need to submit signed copies of 2013 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the College Board's IDOC service by April 15.
  • by November 1 for Spring Transfer, in addition
    • Submit signed copies of 2013 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the College Board's IDOC service.
  • by April 1 for Fall Transfer, in addition
    • Submit signed copies of 2013 Federal Tax Returns for the student and parents, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the College Board's IDOC service.

2. Complete the 2014-15 Noncustodial PROFILE using the above deadlines.

3. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than February 1 for Regular Decision.  Early Decision deadline is April 15. 

  • Grinnell's Title IV school code is 001868.
  • If your family is unsure of certain income tax information, it is better to estimate amounts than to delay submitting the FAFSA until IRS tax forms have been completed.

If you are eligible for need-based aid and submit all required documents by the deadline, an award will be mailed with your admission decision. Your award will be considered estimated until 2013 tax information has been submitted. Students who identify an intent to apply for financial aid on their applications for admission must meet the above deadlines in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid available to them.  

Remember: The FAFSA must be completed online no later than February 1 for Regular Decision. You may estimate in order to meet deadlines. Failure to list Grinnell College may result in a delayed award. The Grinnell College Title IV school code is 001868.

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

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

Net Price Calculator

Use Grinnell’s Net Price Calculator to get an approximation of what your family can expect to pay for you to attend Grinnell College as a first-year undergraduate student. This determines eligibility for need-based aid only.