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Tuition and Financial Aid

Making a Grinnell education possible

This is an investment in you.

You’re looking at Grinnell because you want to blaze your intellectual trail at an institution that brings together students from many backgrounds and gives you the support to create your own academic journey. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that the cost of a Grinnell education doesn’t get in your way — and that you’ll be able to graduate without student debt.

Our Commitment to YOU

The global pandemic and economic uncertainty have touched us all. In order to ensure that Grinnell continues to live its values of academic excellence, diverse community, and social responsibility, we’re investing even more in our students. Starting with the 2021–22 academic year, Grinnell will no longer include loans as part of your need-based financial aid package — we’ll replace them with additional grant.

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YOU can afford a Grinnell education.

We value you for you, not how much your family can contribute to the cost of your education. So when you apply for admission, we don’t consider your ability to pay — that’s what we call need-blind admission.

We also meet 100% of your demonstrated need without loans — only a handful of colleges and universities among more than 4,000 in the United States can say that.

See for yourself with our Net Price Calculator.

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We succeed when YOU succeed.

We are committed to college access, equity, and success from admission through commencement. To apply, you won’t have any application fees, supplements, or additional essays to worry about. You’ll decide whether to send us your standardized test scores. Your application will be evaluated holistically — with consideration for your background. Our intentional, diverse community welcomes students from around the world — and sends them to global study, research, and internship locations as well. Armed with a rich set of personally-designed intellectual, practical, and international experiences, Grinnellians are leaders in their communities wherever their passions lead them.

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We invest in YOUR future.

A Grinnell education is worth so much more than the cost of tuition. In concert with Grinnell’s distinctive individually-advised curriculum — which you will design — you’ll connect with faculty and career advisers who will help you develop the knowledge and skills to help you meet your academic and career goals. You’ll put your theoretical knowledge to work through hands-on learning experiences, such as research, internships, externships, and service opportunities. You’ll gain practical experience and new perspectives to connect your ideas to action and make an impact in our globally-connected world.

86%
of our students receive aid to help pay for their years at Grinnell.
65%
of Grinnell students receive need-based aid with an average grant/scholarship award of $46,609.
$58.6 million
total grants and scholarships awarded to students this year.
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Take the Next Step

Student Voices

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What’s So Special About Grinnell College?

“Students are very intentional in choosing to come to Grinnell College — that adds to a very bright, a very vibrant and inclusive community.”

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Creating My Own Path

“This open space, this flexibility that Grinnell has in the curriculum, in the offerings to students, to ensure this broad, balanced variety of classes . . . I think that it really changed the trajectory of my academic experience — what I thought that would look like, and what it has come to be.”

Pieter Hansen in the fieldhouse

Grinnell Will Make That Happen

“Because Grinnell allows you to pursue all these different academic interests in a new setting, that you’ve always wanted to, and backs it up financially, that’s why you see such a high percentage of students take advantage.”

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