2015 - 2016 Application Instructions

Priority Deadline April 15

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

To apply for all sources of financial aid, complete the process detailed below.

New for 2015-16: Grinnell’s online financial aid application via the online financial aid office in PioneerWeb. This link is available on the Services tab.

Note: the CSS PROFILE is not required for returning students unless you are a first-time aid applicant.

April 15

2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Grinnell College’s code is 001868

We strongly encourage using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

April 15

IDOC submission of parent 2014 federal tax returns, including schedules and W-2 forms

We encourage use of the new document upload feature.

April 15

 

Step 1 — New this year, complete Grinnell’s institutional financial aid application via the online financial aid office in PioneerWeb on the Services tab. Do not complete the CSS PROFILE.

Step 2 — Complete the FAFSA online after tax returns have been filed. Use the FAFSA/IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax return data to the FAFSA. Note: to use the FAFSA/IRS Data Retrieval, tax returns should be filed electronically at least two weeks prior to filing the FAFSA.  Paper tax filing should be completed six weeks prior to filing the 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.

Step 3 — Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants to provide parent tax return information. Provide parent 2014 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 forms, via the College Board’s IDOC Service. An email from the College Board with detailed instructions will be sent to your Grinnell email account in early February. We encourage use of the new document upload feature, and request that all documents be submitted at one time, not over multiple days.

If you need to provide additional items after the IDOC submission, mail them directly to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid.

Status of Documents

View the status of required documents by logging into the online financial aid office via the Services tab of PioneerWeb and clicking on the Required Documents tab. 

What’s next?

You will receive an email notification as soon as your award has been posted to the online financial aid office via the Services tab in PioneerWeb.  Returning student awards generally are available by mid-June if all documents were submitted by the April 15 deadline.  Students submitting documents after the deadline may have their grant assistance reduced.