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Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Need-based financial aid is provided to students who demonstrate that their family financial resources are not sufficient to meet the full annual cost of attending Grinnell. Grinnell meets 100% of each student's demonstrated need with grants, scholarships, and work-study.

The process for applying for financial aid varies depending upon your citizenship.

Find the deadline to apply for need-based financial aid based on your admission round in the table below.

Application Deadlines

Admission Round

Early Decision I

Early Decision II

Regular Decision

2022 Fall Transfer

Deadline

Nov. 15

Jan. 1

Jan. 15

April 1

Grinnell College practices need-blind admission for applicants who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens, admitting academically qualified students regardless of financial need. We meet 100% of the demonstrated institutional need of admitted students.

By the appropriate deadline, complete the following steps to apply for need-based aid from Grinnell:

  1. Common Application
    Indicate your intent to apply for need-based financial aid.

  2. 2022–23 CSS Profile
    The CSS Profile is available on October 1. Grinnell College’s code is 6252. A fee is charged to submit the CSS Profile, but it is automatically waived for many low-income students.
    1. 2022–23 CSS Profile for your noncustodial parent’s household, if applicable
      • If your biological/adoptive parents are not married (or are separated) and are living in separate households, your noncustodial parent must create a personal College Board student account to log in and complete a separate CSS Profile online. The College Board provides instructions (PDF) for your noncustodial parent to create their own account. If your noncustodial parent is remarried, your stepparent’s information should be included.
      • To maintain confidentiality, you and your custodial parent should not share your College Board account password with your noncustodial parent.
      • If you have no contact with your noncustodial parent, you may complete a request to waive this requirement (PDF). Securely submit the waiver petition and supporting documentation through IDOC or directly to the Office of Financial Aid.
  3. Submit Required Documents Through IDOC
    Upon completion of the CSS profile, you will be directed to use the College Board IDOC service to submit a signed copy of your custodial parents’ signed 2020 federal tax return and W-2(s), as applicable. Instructions will be provided on the College Board website immediately after you submit the CSS Profile.

  4. Federal Student Aid ID
    Create FSA IDs for you and at least one (custodial) parent. These separate usernames and passwords will be used to complete and sign the FAFSA. Creating and Using the FSA ID (PDF) offers additional information.

  5. 2022–23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, complete the 2022–23 FAFSA to determine your eligibility for all federal and state financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Direct Stafford Loans, and Iowa Tuition Grant. If you are unsure of which parent(s) to report on the FAFSA, consult these instructions (PDF). Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (if eligible) to transfer 2020 tax return data to the FAFSA. Do not make changes to the transferred data. Grinnell’s school code is 001868.

Attention: These steps are required to apply for Grinnell College-funded financial aid. If you wish to apply only for federally-funded financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, and the Federal Direct Student Loan, only the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is needed.

What’s next?

Admitted students who have met their application deadline are notified of financial aid eligibility when they receive their admission decision.

Grinnell College has a need-aware international admission policy and is committed to meeting 100% of each admitted student’s institutionally-determined financial need with a combination of grants and campus employment. The college requires a clear and honest submission of family financial resources to determine an applicant’s aid eligibility.

Applying for Financial Aid

Follow the instructions that are appropriate for you below. Contact us if you have questions.

I Do Not Plan To Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid

Indicate on the Common Application that you do not intend to apply for need-based financial aid, and upload a completed Certification of Finances (PDF) form to your Grinnell application portal. You should attach a bank statement showing funds to cover the first-year cost of attendance if your bank official is unwilling to sign the Certification of Finances.

Note: Your Grinnell application portal is created after you submit the Common Application. For your personal security, we ask that you do not send any forms via email attachments.

Grinnell will not consider applications for financial aid from international students after they are admitted to the College. As part of the application for admission, all applicants needing financial assistance are required to accurately and thoroughly complete the financial aid application process.

If you do not apply for financial aid in your first year, you cannot request it in future years. As part of the application for admission, all applicants needing financial assistance are required to complete the CSS Profile or ISFAA thoroughly and accurately.

I Plan To Apply for Need-Based Financial Aid

International Applicants applying for need-based financial aid must complete the CSS Profile, which is available on October 1, 2021.

Note: Grinnell does not provide fee waivers for the CSS profile.

If you cannot complete the CSS Profile, the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) (PDF) may be submitted instead. Upload the completed form to your Grinnell application portal, which is created after you submit your Common Application. Do not send any forms via email attachments.

Your financial aid eligibility is not reevaluated each year and requests for additional assistance are not accepted.

What’s next?

Admitted students who have met their application deadline are notified of financial aid eligibility when they receive their admission decision.

Grinnell College practices need-blind admission for domestic noncitizen applicants (this includes undocumented applicants), admitting academically qualified students regardless of financial need. We meet 100% of the demonstrated institutional need of all admitted students.

Complete the following steps by the published deadline to apply for need-based financial aid.

  1. Common Application
    Indicate your intent to apply for need-based financial aid.

  2. 2022–23 CSS Profile
    The CSS Profile is available on October 1. Grinnell College’s code is 6252. A fee is charged to submit the CSS profile, but it is automatically waived for many low-income students.
    1. 2022–23 CSS Profile for your noncustodial parent’s household, if applicable
      • If your biological/adoptive parents are not married (or are separated) and are living in separate households, your noncustodial parent must create a personal College Board student account to log in and complete a separate CSS Profile online. The College Board provides instructions (PDF) for your noncustodial parent to create their own account. If your noncustodial parent is remarried, your stepparent’s information should be included.
      • To maintain confidentiality, you and your custodial parent should not share your College Board account password with your noncustodial parent.
      • If you have no contact with your noncustodial parent, you may complete a request to waive this requirement.
  3. Submit Required Documents Through IDOC
    Upon completion of the CSS profile, you will be directed to use the College Board IDOC service to submit a signed copy of your custodial parents’ signed 2020 federal tax return and W-2(s), as applicable. Instructions will be provided on the College Board website immediately after you submit the CSS Profile.

What’s next?

Admitted students who have met their application deadline will receive notification of financial aid eligibility with their admission decision.

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