Early Decision II

U.S. Students

Priority Deadline January 1

Attention: the steps below are required to apply for Grinnell College funded financial aid. If you wish to only apply for federally funded financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-study, and the Federal Direct Student Loan, you only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Common Application for Admission

January 1

CSS PROFILE; Grinnell College’s code is 6252

January 1

Parent 2012 federal tax return, with all schedules and W-2 forms

January 1

Noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable

January 8

 

Complete the steps below to apply for need-based financial aid under the Early Decision II process:

Step 1 — On the Common Application for admission, indicate your intent to apply for need-based aid.

Step 2 — Complete the CSS Profile online; Grinnell requires all first-year students who wish to be considered for institutional grants and loans to complete the CSS Profile. Grinnell’s College code is 6252.

Step 3 — Submit a copy of your parents’ 2012 federal tax return, including all schedules and W-2 forms, to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid. Include your name at the top.

Step 4 — Grinnell requires the CSS Non-custodial PROFILE for all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants. If your biological/adoptive parents are not married and are living apart (separated or divorced), your noncustodial parent must complete the CSS Noncustodial PROFILE online.  You will receive instructions about this as part of the CSS PROFILE process.  If you do not have contact with your noncustodial parent, you may complete a request to waive this requirement

What’s next?

Admitted students who have met the priority deadline will receive a notice of financial aid eligibility with the admission decision. 

Need-based awards are estimated and will be finalized in the spring after the following documents have been submitted.

Required To Finalize Award

Deadline

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); Grinnell College’s code is 001868

April 15

2013 federal tax documentation submission to the College Board’s IDOC Service

April 15

 

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • The FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for all federal and state based financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Direct Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans or Iowa Tuition Grant. Grinnell College’s code is 001868.
    • Complete online at fafsa.ed.gov. This cannot be completed prior to January 1 and should be done after 2013 tax return data is available.  If possible, please use the FAFSA/IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax return data to the FAFSA.
    • Grinnell’s school code is 001868.
  2. 2013 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 forms
    • Grinnell College uses the College Board’s IDOC Service to collect tax return documentation. You will receive information from the College Board on what documents to submit and the process for submitting them.  All required documents must be sent in one complete packet with the IDOC-provided cover sheet.  If you need to provide additional items after the IDOC packet submission, mail them directly to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid.
    • Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants to provide tax returns for verification of PROFILE data.