Apply for Aid

U.S. Applicants

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

International Applicants

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 co-curricular involvement are especially attractive to our admissions committee, regardless of financial need.

How to Apply for Federal & State Financial Aid

To apply for federal and state financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If your FAFSA is selected for Verification, you will need to complete additional steps detailed under the Federal Verification menu.

Applicants completing the FAFSA will only be considered for the following types of financial aid:


  • Iowa Tuition Grant
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Subsidized Direct Loan
  • Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan
  • Federal PLUS Loan 

How to Apply for Institutional Financial Aid

Most students wish to be considered for Grinnell College funded (institutional) financial aid such as a Grinnell Grant.  To apply for institutional financial aid, additional forms are necessary. Follow the instructions for your specific admission cycle under Apply for Aid, for example Early Decision I or Regular Decision.

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