Important Notice for International Students: If you receive information from the College Board’s IDOC Service instructing you to submit wage or tax documents to them, please disregard that notice. Grinnell College does not require you to submit these items to IDOC.

Priority Deadlines

Early Decision I

November 15

Early Decision II

January 1

Regular Decision

January 15


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

Step 1 — Complete the CSS Profile online; Grinnell College’s code is 6252.

Step 2 — Complete the Certification of Finances and submit directly to the Grinnell College Office of Admission by fax (1-641-269-4800) or as an attachment sent to intladmission[at]grinnell[dot]edu. All international applicants, regardless of need status, must submit the Certification of Finances.

What’s next?

Admitted students who have met the priority deadline will receive a notice of financial aid eligibility with the admission decision. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Grinnell College employs a need-aware international admission policy and is committed to meeting 100% of an eligible, admitted student’s institutionally-determined financial need through a combination of grants, campus employment, and institutional loan. The college requires a clear and honest submission of the CSS Profile and the Certification of Finances (both due January 15th for Regular Decision) to determine an applicant’s aid eligibility. Once eligibility is determined, the college will analyze the financial information submitted in accordance with the prescribed CSS Profile methodology to determine financial need. Once this need figure or Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated, it is subtracted from the Grinnell’s annual comprehensive fee to determine institutional need.

What types of aid are available to international students?


Admitted international students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for grant assistance. We assess financial need based on the information you and your family accurately and truthfully provide.

Requirements: Any international student who indicates on the Common Application an intent to be considered for need-based financial aid must submit the CSS Profile and Certification of Finances as part of the complete application file. Grinnell's school code for the CSS Profile is 6252. Grinnell does not require IDOC information.

Merit Scholarships

Each year Grinnell College awards merit scholarships to a few admitted international applicants who demonstrate exceptional scholastic abilities and leadership skills.

You do not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for merit scholarships.  Scholarship amounts vary.

Requirements: No additional applications, forms or essays are required.

Scholarships and Fellowships: Resources for International Students

The Scholarships and Fellowships for International Students page has more resources for International Students.

Campus Employment

If campus employment is part of your financial aid award, a campus job can provide sufficient hours (typically 8–10 hours per week) to earn the amount.  The average pay rate is $8.50 per hour.  These funds are earned through bi-weekly checks issued directly to students.  They can choose to use these earnings to contribute to the comprehensive fee, book expenses, personal spending money, and travel for breaks.  Students might earn more than the amount recommended if they work during breaks.

The College will assign a campus job (usually in Dining Services) prior to your arrival.  You are responsible for following through on the offer of employment by confirming your job assignment and by maintaining your position through good performance.

Requirements: Submit the CSS Profile and Certification of Finances. Grinnell's school code for the CSS Profile is 6252. Grinnell does not require IDOC information.  You must also obtain employment authorization.


Employment Authorization

Most international students hold F-1 status, which allows for this opportunity.

F-1 students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours a week while school is in session, and up to 40 hours a week during break periods.  We do not guarantee summer campus employment, but F-1 students may also apply for these positions.


The College offers some loans to international students.  The maximum loan is currently $4,000 per year. 


  • Submit the CSS Profile and Certification of Finances. Grinnell's school code for the CSS Profile is 6252. Grinnell does not require IDOC information.
  • Have a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident as an approved cosigner.  A cosigner is someone who is willing to sign the loan agreement with you and is promising that, in the event you are unable or unwilling to pay the balance due on the loan, he or she will be responsible for repaying the loan.

How do I request a waiver for the CSS PROFILE fee?

We do not provide fee waivers. However, if the CSS PROFILE fee constitutes a hardship for you and your family, please contact the Office of Admission at intladmission[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

Will my financial aid package change in the future if my family circumstances change or if exchange rates worsen?

No. Your financial aid eligibility is not re-evaluated each year and requests for additional assistance are not accepted.