Returning Students

2015 - 2016 Application Instructions

Instructions for completing your 2015 - 2016 financial aid application will be posted to this site soon.

2014 - 2015 Application Instructions

Priority Deadline April 15

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). 

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

April 15

CSS PROFILE; Grinnell College’s code is 6252

April 15

IDOC submission of 2013 federal tax returns, including schedules and W-2 forms

April 15

CSS noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable

April 15

 

Complete the steps below to apply for need-based financial aid:

Step 1 — 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 2 — Complete the CSS PROFILE online. Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants and loans to complete the CSS PROFILE. Grinnell College’s code is 6252.

Step 3 — Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants to provide tax returns for verification of PROFILE data. Provide 2013 federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 forms, via the College Board’s IDOC Service. After completing the PROFILE, you will receive information from the College Board on what documents to submit and the process for submitting them.  All required documents must be mailed 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.

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, divorced, or never married), 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?

You will receive an email notification as soon as your award has been posted to PioneerWeb.  Access it through the “Services” tab.  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.