Please see the Apply for Aid page for a description of the application process.

Non-Tax Filers

Federal Verification

Student and Parent Loan Instructions

Federal Perkins Loan, Grinnell College Loan, & Henry Strong Loan

ECSI, Grinnell's loan servicer, will correspond with you beginning in early July (or when your award has been finalized, whichever is later) with instructions for completing a promissory note.

An email from webmaster[at]ecsi[dot]net will be sent to your Grinnell email account. All Federal Perkins Loan, Grinnell College Loan, and Henry Strong Loan borrowers must complete an online promissory note with ECSI.

​The following information, as it appears on file with Grinnell, will be required to access the site:

  • Social Security Number*
  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Date of Birth

*If you do not have a social security number, use your Grinnell Student ID, padded with leading zeros to create a nine digit “temporary” SSN.

For example for ID 0123123, use 000123123

Federal Direct Student Loan

Step 1:  Complete the FAFSA

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file with our office. If you have not already done so, complete it at FAFSA on the WEB (Dept. of Education) Grinnell Code: 001868.

Step 2:  Accept Your Loan Award Online

Log in to the Online Financial Aid Office to accept your loan award or reduce your loan award. An increase to your loan must be requested by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid at finaid[at]grinnell[dot]edu or calling 641-269-3250.

Step 3:  Complete Entrance Counseling

New students and first-time returning student Direct Loan borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling online at StudentLoans.gov before the loan funds can be disbursed. If you previously borrowed a Federal Direct Student Loan, you do not need to complete the Entrance Counseling again.

Step 4: Complete the Master Promissory Note

New students and first-time returning student Direct Loan borrowers must complete the Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at the link below. You may electronically sign the MPN using your Federal PIN number. If you previously borrowed a Federal Direct Student Loan, you do not need to complete the Master Promissory Note again.

Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note Online    Customer Service 800-848-0979

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS):

Step 1:  Complete the FAFSA

Your student must have the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with our office. If you have not already done so, complete it at FAFSA on the WEB (Dept. of Education) Grinnell Code: 001868.

Step 2:  Request the Loan

Visit StudentLoans.gov.

The parent borrowing will need to:

  1. Sign In
  2. Enter information to sign in
  3. Select 'Request a Direct PLUS Loan'
  4. Select 'Parent PLUS'
  5. Go through the Request Direct PLUS Loan steps.

Step 3: PLUS Counseling

Effective March 29, 2015 PLUS borrowers with adverse credit who decide to pursue a PLUS with an endorser or through an appeal to the Department of Education, will be required to complete PLUS Counseling. The PLUS Counseling must be completed within 30 days and will only be valid for the duration of the credit check.

Visit StudentLoans.gov.

The parent borrowing will need to:

  1. Sign In
  2. Enter information to sign in
  3. Select ‘Complete Counseling’
  4. Select ‘PLUS Counseling’
  5. Go through the PLUS Counseling steps.

Step 4:  Master Promissory Note (MPN)

Parents borrowing for new students and first-time parent borrowers of returning students should complete the Federal Direct Parent Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at the link below. You may electronically sign the MPN using your Federal PIN number. If you previously borrowed a Federal Direct PLUS Loan for the student, you do not need to complete the Master Promissory Note again. 

Visit StudentLoans.gov. Customer Service 800-848-0979

The parent borrowing will need to:

  1. Sign In
  2. Enter information to sign in
  3. Select 'Complete Master Promissory Note'
  4. Select 'Parent PLUS'
  5. Go through the Submit Master Promissory Note steps.