Do you identify as a first-generation student?
If neither of your parents has completed a four-year degree, then Grinnell College considers you a first-generation student. Even if that isn’t exactly your situation, all of the resources described below are available to you.
Why is the first-generation identity important?
Navigating the college search process, completing applications, filling out financial aid forms — these tasks are challenging for everyone. But when you don’t have a parent or guardian with experience doing this work, it falls mostly on you. That’s a lot.
A few tips related to money and financial aid:
- There’s no application fee to apply to Grinnell.
- Grinnell is need-blind — that means when you apply for admission, your ability to pay tuition isn’t part of our decision making (for US students).
- We meet 100% of your demonstrated need with scholarships, grants, and work-study. Loans aren’t part of our aid packages because we want you to graduate debt-free.