Institutional grants and scholarships form the largest part of Grinnell's financial aid funds and are available as a result of great generosity and stewardship over many decades and involving many alumni, parents, and other friends. After your graduation, please plan to contribute financially to your alma mater so future generations of Grinnell students can also afford the wonderful education available here.
The federal and state governments also provide gift assistance to eligible students. Most of these grants are established for very high-need students.
In addition to the financial aid offered by Grinnell College, there are many private sources of scholarships, grants, and loans. Be sure to apply for outside scholarships, as they often reduce loans. Many printed and online resources are available, including: www.fafsa.ed.gov, www.collegenet.com, www.finaid.org, and www.fastweb.com.
Student jobs on campus are funded by Grinnell and the federal government. Grinnell offers jobs first to students with demonstrated financial need. Students who work eight hours a week can expect to earn about $2,000 during the academic year.
Grinnell awards educational loans primarily from the federal loan programs. These programs provide students and their parents with long-term, low-interest loans.