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.

On-Campus Visits

A campus visit is one of the best ways to decide whether Grinnell is a good fit for you! For the most productive visit to campus, we recommend prospective students and their families attend an information session followed by a campus tour, each of which will last about an hour. Additional visit activities, such as a class visit or lunch with a current student, will extend your time on campus. Visit activities are limited during examination periods, breaks, and holidays.  



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.


In addition to other financial aid options, competitive scholarships can help you afford college. Grants and scholarships form the largest part of our financial aid funds. The Grinnell Trustee Honor Scholarship is awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. It is renewable (at the initial amount) for three additional years provided a cumulative GPA of 2.75 is maintained. You will automatically be considered for merit aid.  No application is needed other than a complete Admission application.  Note: transfer applicants are not eligible for scholarships.

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.

Transfer Applicants

U.S. Transfer Students

To complete your transfer application, submit the following by the fall or spring transfer deadline:

  • The Common Application: All forms, including the Registrar's Report are available at Common Application.  

If you graduated from high school more than one year ago, you do not need to submit the Secondary School Report form.

International Applicants

Apply as an international student only if you are not a U.S. citizen and do not hold U.S. permanent residency (a green card). If you are a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency (green card), apply as a domestic student, regardless of where you physically reside.  

We use the Common Application. We encourage you to apply early, and please contact us if you have questions about the application process.

You will need the items listed below to complete your application.

Admitted Student Visits

You’ve applied and been accepted. Congratulations! We invite you to experience Grinnell’s endless possibilities for yourself at one of our admitted student programs, designed specifically for you.

The admitted student programs give you a chance to meet:

  • Fellow admitted students.
  • Current students.
  • Professors.
  • Student life staff.

You’ll also have a chance to:


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