Costs of participating on Grinnell-in-London are higher than a typical Grinnell semester. However, for students with need-based financial aid, GIL is one of a few programs for which the College is able to support students with costs above the usual financial aid off-campus program cap. The Office of Financial Aid has generated a helpful summary of estimated program costs. Financial aid, fellowships, and expenses covered as part of the cost of the program all help manage the higher cost of a semester in London, making Grinnell-in-London financially attractive for many students. Please see additional details below.


At this time there are no Grinnell-sponsored fellowships for GIL. You might consider applying for a Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship, administered from the United Kingdom. The scholarship is open to undergraduate students who are currently enrolled at a US college or university, and who will be studying abroad in the UK for at least one term/semester. 

Full details, including eligibility criteria, application form, and instructions can be found on the AASAP/UK website.

For the 2017–18 academic year, completed applications for a Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship were due by midnight (GMT) on Friday 15 June 2017.

Financial Aid

Students approved for participation in GIL who wish to receive aid must go through the same financial aid process as students intending to remain on campus. All financial aid deadlines and requirements still apply. Awards for the fall semester are generally mailed in June. Certain conditions apply to GIL that may affect your award:

  • Trustee Honor Scholarships and Grinnell Foreign Grants can be used for GIL but cannot be adjusted upwards to reflect increased costs.
  • Tuition-remission benefits do apply to the Grinnell-in-London program.
  • Work-study eligibility may be replaced by loans.
  • Aid will not under any circumstances exceed the cost of attendance.

If you have questions about your own personal financial aid situation, please contact Gretchen Zimmermann, Associate Director of Financial Aid.


The GIL program pays for several course-related expenses (e.g. accommodation on field trips and admission fees), as well as 100% transportation subsidies for course related field trips, theater tickets for four to eight plays, and several meals during the semester. Students on the program who receive financial aid are also subsidized by adjusted aid packages that account specifically for the different cost of spending a semester in London than on the Grinnell home campus, such as transportation costs. It is students' responsibility to use these resources to budget carefully for costs on the program.