2016 - 2017 Need-Based Aid Application Instructions

Note: International student financial aid and domestic student merit scholarships will be renewed automatically if renewal criteria is met. You must apply for all other types of financial aid on an annual basis. If you plan to only borrow the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and/or a parent Federal PLUS Loan, the FAFSA is required.

Deadline: April 15

Attention: The steps below are required to apply for Grinnell College funded financial aid. If you wish to apply only for federally funded financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-study, and the Federal Direct Student Loan, you need only complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To apply for all need-based sources of financial aid, complete the process detailed below.

Grinnell’s 2016-17 Online Financial Aid Application

Note: The CSS PROFILE is not required for returning students unless you are a first-time aid applicant.

April 15

2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

We strongly encourage using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for tax-related questions. Do not make changes to data downloaded from the IRS.

April 15

Parent 2015 federal tax return, including schedules and W-2 forms submitted directly to the Office of Financial Aid

Note: If the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is used on the FAFSA (with no changes made to the data), the parent tax return is not needed by Financial Aid. Only the W-2 forms are needed.

April 15

 

Step 1 — Complete the Grinnell College Financial Aid Application in PioneerWeb by clicking on the Services tab and the Online Financial Aid Office link. Log in again, make sure you are on the 2016-17 award year, and click on the Aid Application tab.

Step 2 — Complete the 2016-17 FAFSA online after tax returns have been filed. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer tax return data to the FAFSA. Note: to use the 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, Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Perkins Loan or Iowa Tuition Grant.

Step 3 — Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants to provide a signed copy of the 2015 parent federal tax return, including all schedules and W-2 forms.  

Option A:  Use the IRS data retrieval tool on the FAFSA, and submit parent W-2 forms directly to the Office of Financial Aid.
Option B:  Submit a signed copy of the 2015 parent federal tax return and W-2 forms to the Office of Financial Aid.
Option C:  Submit a non-tax-filer statement, if not required to file, and W-2 forms to the Office of Financial Aid.

Submit documents directly to the Office of Financial Aid electronically via our secure file upload, by fax (641-269-4937), or by regular mail.

Status of Documents

Regularly review the status of required documents as the status can change and new documents can be added. Log into the online financial aid office via the Services tab of PioneerWeb and click on the Required Documents tab. On the top of the screen, check to be sure you are in the 2016-17 award year.

Federal Verification

You will receive an email when your FAFSA has been processed. Review it and your FAFSA results carefully. If your FAFSA is selected for Verification, visit our Federal Verification webpage for detailed instructions.

What’s next?

You will receive an email notification as soon as your award has been posted to the online financial aid office.  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.