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Frequently Asked Questions for International Students

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 family financial resources to determine an applicant’s aid eligibility. 

Student Employment

Student jobs on campus are funded by Grinnell College and the Federal Government. Many jobs are available on campus for students with or without demonstrated financial need. Students who work eight or nine hours a week can expect to earn about $2,200 during the academic year. Total earnings will depend on the number of hours worked.

Scholarships for Iowans

Iowa Tuition Grant

  • State-funded grant based on financial need for students from Iowa only
  • Eligibility determined by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and is based on the FAFSA EFC
  • Not available for more than eight semesters of undergraduate study
  • Maximum award for 2014-15 is $4,550

Other State of Iowa Grants

Merit Scholarships

All applicants to Grinnell College are considered for merit scholarships. There is no separate application, but priority consideration for scholarships is given to students who submit their application for admission by December 1.

Grinnell College offers three categories of merit scholarships; each scholarship may be awarded to more than one student:

Need-based Grants and Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

  • Federally-funded grant based on financial need
  • Eligibility determined by the  FAFSA EFC  which may be no greater than $5,198 for 2015-16 awards
  • 2015-16 awards range from $626 to $5,775 annually (contingent on federal funding)
  • Not affected by the February 8 priority deadline
  • Must re-apply annually

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

  • Federally-funded grant based on financial need

College Board IDOC Processing Delays

Due to the high volume of document uploads, the College Board's IDOC service is experiencing delays in it's processing. This will cause some delay in Grinnell receiving your information, but Grinnell will have access to the date you uploaded the documents to IDOC. There is no need to worry about missing a deadline due to IDOC delays.

What does this mean for you? It may be some time before you see that your documents appear as "Received" in the online Financial Aid Office on the Services tab of PioneerWeb.