Priority Deadline November 1
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).
Complete the steps below to apply for need-based financial aid under the Spring Transfer process:
Step 1 — On the Common Application for admission, indicate your intent to apply for need-based aid.
Step 2 — Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA online. 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’s school code is 001868.
Step 3 — Complete the 2017-18 CSS PROFILE online. Grinnell requires all new students who wish to be considered for institutional grants and loans to complete the CSS PROFILE. Grinnell College’s code is 6252.
Step 4 — Grinnell requires all students who wish to be considered for institutional grants to provide parent tax returns for verification of PROFILE data. Provide a signed copy of 2015 parent federal tax returns, including all schedules and W-2 forms, directly to the Grinnell College Office of Financial Aid. You may use our secure file transfer or send paper copies via regular mail.
Step 5 — 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.
Admitted students who have met the priority deadline will receive a notice of financial aid eligibility with the admission decision.