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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.

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

2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadline is April 15

Current students: All materials required to apply for need-based financial aid for the 2015-2016 academic year are due April 15, 2015.  Log in to the Online Financial Aid Office to view the status of your required documents.

Help is available on our Apply for Aid web page.  If your FAFSA is selected for verification, go to the Federal Verification page for detailed instructions.

Students with non-need based awards only, such as scholarships and campus employment, will receive an email later this spring notifying them of the renewed award.

Students not applying for need-based aid, but who wish to borrow the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, must complete the FAFSA.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have questions.

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.

Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at (641) 269-3250 or finaid[at]grinnell[dot]edu if you have questions.