U.S. Students Need-Based Aid

 

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). 

Early Decision II Required Forms Deadlines

Common Application for Admission

January 1

CSS PROFILE; Grinnell College’s code is 6252

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 — 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 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 Forms Deadline

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

March 15

2015 parent federal tax return & W-2 forms - submit directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid at Grinnell College

March 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 2015 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. 2015 parent federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 forms
    • Submit them directly to the Grinnell College Office of Student Financial Aid. You may use a secure file transfer or send paper copies via regular mail.
    • Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants to provide parent tax returns for verification of PROFILE data.