2014-2015 Comprehensive Fee





Full Meal Plan (see Meal Options)


Student Activity Fee


Total Comprehensive Fee


 The college reserves the right to increase the rates charged with due notice.

Payment of Fees

An advance tuition deposit is required of all students. For newly admitted students, the deposit is $200 and is credited to the student's account when she or he enters Grinnell College. For returning students, the deposit is $200 and is prerequisite to room draw and preregistration. Notification of the due date for this payment is given to students and parents in March of each year. The advance deposit is nonrefundable and may be paid online or at the Cashier Office. After advance payments are credited to the student's account, the remaining charges for tuition and fees are due approximately one month before the start of each term. If an account is not paid in full by those dates or arrangements satisfactory to the Bursar have not been made, the college regards the student's account as delinquent. Students whose accounts are delinquent are not entitled to meals, room, registration, admission to classes, or issue of transcripts. Delinquent balances are subject to a monthly finance charge of 1.5 percent.  Grinnell College reserves the right to recover all costs involved with the collection and/or litigations of delinquent acounts.

Billing Authorization Form

The Billing Authorization form is required by Federal Law to be on file in order for the College to release any financial information to individuals other than the student. The form authorizes Grinnell College to provide billing information to designated individuals and provides direction on how to handle credit balances. The form must be completed in order for the College to release any information to people other than the student. Complete the Billing Authorization Form.

Damage Deposit

All Grinnell students will make a $100 damage deposit which is separate from the advance tuition deposit and is included as a charge on the billing statement. This deposit serves as a key deposit and breakage deposit for the residence halls and for any fines or charges at the end of each semester. Prior to billing each Fall semester, the $100 level will be replenished. Upon graduation or withdrawal from the College, the unused deposit will be credited to the billing statement. 

Student Health Insurance

The College requires all students to be covered by a health insurance policy. All students have been billed $1,432 for the student health insurance offered through Grinnell College on the Fall billing statement. The coverage is from August 14, 2014, to August 13, 2015. For coverage information you may access the Student Assurance Services, Inc. Website.

If a student needs verification of coverage before the insurance card is available on campus, contact Student Assurance Services at 800-328-2739.  The claims examiner will be able to confirm enrollment and provide a copy of the insurance card.

If a student has comparable insurance that covers them in Grinnell, Iowa, then there is the option to waive out of the plan offered by the College. Students must complete an online waiver form.  

The deadline to complete the waiver form and receive credit is January 20, 2015.  Waiver forms will not be accepted after this date and the student will be enrolled in the Student Health Insurance plan offered by the College. Upon completion of the online waiver form, the cost of the insurance will be credited to the student billing statement.

Online Waiver Form


The Pioneer One-Card

The Pioneer One-Card has a debit account option, allowing the card to be used on campus to make purchases without carrying cash. Funds from that account are required to operate the laundry machines and can also be used at the College Bookstore, vending machines, Marketplace and the Spencer Grill. Funds can be added online with a credit card at https://get.cbord.com/grinnell. When on campus, students can add money to their account at the Cashier Office or at a cash value machine in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center. For more information about the Pioneer One-Card, please visit Pioneer One-Card.

Federal Employment Forms

The Federal Employment Forms are required for all students to work on campus. These must be completed before the student can be paid for any work on campus. The forms are available in the Cashier Office. Follow this link for the proper Employment Forms.

2014-15 Academic Year Billing Schedule

Fall 2014



June 27th

Fall tuition, room & board billed for students

July 28th

Payment due for Fall semester

by August 26th

First-year students: In order to register for classes, all balances must be paid in full!

by August 28th

Returning students: In order to complete your online arrival confirmation, all balances must be paid in full!

August 28th

First day of class for Fall semester

Spring 2015



November 20th

Spring tuition, room & board billed for students

December 19th

Payment due for Spring semester

by January 19th

In order to complete your online arrival confirmation, all balances must be paid in full!

January 19th

First day of class for Spring semester

Billing statements are mailed to each student at the address requested on the billing authorization form approximately two months prior to the beginning of classes each semester.  Payment in full is due approximately one month prior to the beginning of classes.  Please check the billing schedule above for the exact dates.  Payment to the student account may be made by personal check to the order of Grinnell College with the student's name in the memo portion.  The check should be mailed to:  Cashier, Grinnell College, 1103 Park Street, Grinnell, IA  50112-1690

Payment may be made at the Cashier Office in the John Chrystal Center with either cash or personal check.  The Cashier Office cannot accept credit or debit cards for payment to billing statements.

During the semester, electronic statements are updated monthly via the web.  Parents and others may view online statements only if their student sets them up as an authorized user.  To make a person an authorized user, the student will need to access his/her PioneerWeb account, click on the services tab, click on "View my statement and pay online", click on "View my bills and make a payment."  Be sure to only hit enter once each time.  When the welcome screen appears, click on Authorized User at the top and follow the instructions.  Once this is entered, the person authorized will get emails with instructions which will take the user to the student's account where the statement can be viewed and a payment can be made online.  See "Online Payments" for further information.

International students may make payment by using peerTransfer.  See "International bank transfers" for instructions.

A monthly payment plan is offered by Higher One.  See "Payment Plan" for details.

Online Payments

Billing statements are available electronically and payments may be made via the web. Parents can make payments online only if their student sets them up as an authorized user. To  make a person an authorized user, the student will need to access his/her PioneerWeb account, click on the Services tab, click on "View my statement and pay online", click on "View my bills and make a payment." Be sure to only hit enter once each time. When the welcome screen appears, click on Authorized User at the top and follow the instructions. Once this is entered, the person authorized will get emails with instructions which will take the user to the student's account where the statement can be viewed and a payment can be made online. Services provided include:

  • Student's ability to authorize other users to view and make payments toward their account;
  • Email notice of delivery of new statements for viewing by the student and other authorized users;
  • Ability to view previous statements;
  • Ability to view payment history and other postings to the student account;
  • Payment by electronic check, MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover;
  • Payment for Advance Tuition Deposit by electronic check, MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover;
  • Automatic and immediate posting of payments to the student account;
  • Service availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Credit card payments toward student charges will not be accepted directly by Grinnell College. The increasing costs of processing credit cards has made it necessary for the college to find a way to manage these expenses and still provide as many payment options as possible. Therefore, PayPath will accept credit card payments on the college's behalf. As part of this service, PayPath will add a 2.75% service fee to the total payment. For example, if a $1,000 payment is being made on a student's account, the total amount charged to the credit card will be $1,027.50. Grinnell College will receive only the $1,000 owed for student charges. PayPath accepts MasterCard, American Express, Visa and Discover. Payment by electronic check will be available at no additional charge and you may continue to send checks directly to the Cashier Office, although we encourage you to take advantage of these online services.  Funds can be added to the Pioneer One-Card (Campus Cash) at no additional charge using a credit card athttps://get.cbord.com/grinnell or at the Cashier Office. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Cashier Office at 641-269-4100 or email Cashier[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

Tuition Payment Plan

Grinnell College understands that sometimes you need some help managing your tuition bill.  That's why we offer the Grinnell College tuition payment plan administered by Higher One®.  Payment plans are convenient, manageable payment solutions that give you the option to pay tuition in interest-free monthly installments, rather than one lump sum.  Tuition payment plans offer:

  • More time to pay.  Spread your tuition payments over a period of several months.
  • Interest savings.  Use a payment plan to make monthly payments, interest free.  You can also use a plan in conjunction with traditional student loans and financial aid.
  • Convenience.  You can enroll in a plan, manage your account and make payments online, 24 hours a day.

Plan Terms:  Tuition payment plans administered by Higher One offer you the opportunity to pay your tuition, interest free, in up to 12 payments beginning in May, June, or July.  Enrollment is allowed until late August. To help you calculate how much to budget using a payment plan, school tuition and fee information can be found above. Enrolling in a tuition payment plan is easy.  Simply visit https://tuitionpaymentplan.com,  click on "Enroll Now," choose the payment plan option that is best for you and follow the easy steps to complete your enrollment.  During the process, you will create your user ID and password, which will allow you to log on and manage your account online. Make managing your tuition payments a little easier with a tuition payment plan administered by Higher One.  If you have any questions about the plan, call Higher One at (800) 635-0120 and a specialist will be happy to assist you.  


The College engages its faculty and assigns residence hall space in advance of each semester in accordance with the number of students who have signified intent to be enrolled. When students withdraw during the semester, they leave vacancies that cannot be filled. The following rules concerning refunds protect Grinnell from losses when students withdraw.

A student withdrawing from the College within the first six weeks of the semester is held responsible for tuition, room, meal plan, and other fees on a prorated basis as of the date the student withdraws. If a student withdraws after six weeks into the semester, no tuition, room, meal plan, and other fees will be refunded. The same policy applies to emergency leaves.

Tuition, room, meal plan, and other fees will not be refunded for students suspended or dismissed for academic or conduct reasons during the semester. 


Federal student aid funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws before completing more than 60% of the semester, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of the federal student aid that the student was originally scheduled to receive.

Based on a prescribed federal refund calculation the percentage of the semester attended is used to calculate the amount of the student's earned/unearned federal student aid funds. The unearned portion of federal student aid funds will be returned to the appropriate aid program(s).

After withdrawal adjustments to tuition, required fees, room, and meal option, funds are returned to payment sources in the following order:

1. Federal Unsubsidized Direct loans
2. Federal Subsidized Direct loans
3. Federal Perkins loans
4. Federal PLUS loans
5. Federal Pell grants
6. Federal SEOG grants
7. Other Title IV aid
8. State loans
9. State grants
10. Private grants
11. Institutional loans
12. Institutional grants
13. Other payment sources
14. Student

Examples of federal refund and repayment calculations are available from the Office of the Cashier.

The student is responsible for payment to the College of any balance due after the required return of funds.

International Bank Transfers

Grinnell College has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the tuition payment process for our international students.  With peerTransfer, you are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save a significant amount of money, as compared to traditional banks.  You will also be able to track where your payment is in the transfer process via a student dashboard and an email confirmation will be sent to you when your payment is received by the school.

Click or go to https://peertransfer.com/school/grinnell to begin the payment process.