Financial Aid

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International Students

Grinnell College offers a full range of financial aid opportunities to international students and we are committed to providing affordable education to students from around the world.

Admission to Grinnell is highly selective, and the competition for financial aid is more competitive as the applicant’s demonstrated financial need increases.  Students who demonstrate academic excellence and who maintain active cocurricular involvement are especially attractive to our admissions committee, regardless of financial need.



Grinnell awards educational loans primarily from the federal loan programs. These programs provide students and their parents with long-term, low-interest loans. Remember, a loan must be repaid.

US Students

Need-Blind Admission

Grinnell College practices need-blind admission, admitting academically qualified applicants regardless of financial need, and we meet 100% of demonstrated need. Admitted students with demonstrated financial need receive generous need-based aid packages.

Types of Aid

Grinnell College offers a variety of merit-based and need-based financial aid.

Cost of Attendance

2014–15 comprehensive fee: $56,617

  • Tuition and fees: $45,620
  • Room and board: $10,997

When determining eligibility for assistance, we make annual allowances for the following expenses:

  • Books and supplies: $900
  • Personal expenses: $1,100
  • Travel expenses: up to $1,100, depending upon home state/country

Additional fees (e.g., for individual or small-class studio instruction in music or ninth-semester teaching fees) may apply.

Financial Aid Office

Grinnell is committed to meeting each student’s demonstrated financial need, as shown on the financial aid application. We meet the majority of need with scholarships and grants, but most financial aid packages combine gift aid with self-help (loans and work). We invite you to read our FAQs and explore our financial aid links to learn more.


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