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Special Programs

Textbook Lending Library

The Center for Religion, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CRSSJ) and students have partnered to create the Textbook Lending Library. The Textbook Lending Library aims to support students by offering miscellaneous supplies and semester-long textbook checkout.

To participate in the Textbook Lending Library program, complete this authorization form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid for certification. Once certified, completed forms should be presented to the Textbook Lending Library to participate in the program.

Updated link to request textbooks

Textbook Advance Program

An advance of funds to purchase textbooks is available to all students. This program permits you to charge required textbooks, purchased at the Pioneer Bookshop, to your Grinnell student account. You must repay the advanced funds by the end of the semester. Please note, an advance of funds for the purchase of textbooks is not an increase in the amount of your financial aid award.

If needed, an advance of funds will enable you to obtain your textbooks when you need them, without the use of a high interest credit card. You can then repay the advance using earnings from your campus job or other part-time work. If you do not plan to work, you may wish to discuss other long-term loan options with a financial aid counselor since you will not have the regular income needed to pay back the advance.

If you are interested in receiving a textbook advance, visit the Pioneer Bookshop.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program Loan Repayment

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows who have entered a Ph.D. program in a Mellon designated field within 39 months of graduation from Grinnell are eligible for up to $10,000 in loan repayment benefits. For each year of full-time graduate study, one-eighth of your undergraduate debt (up to $1,250) can be paid by the Mellon Foundation through Grinnell College. Students who complete their doctorate are eligible for an additional $5,000 in loan repayment. Please refer to the MMUF website and Grinnell's MMUF web page for additional details on the loan repayment program, including a list of eligible fields.

How to Arrange For Loan Repayment by the Mellon Foundation

  1. Complete the Application for Loan Repayment, and have a certifying official (graduate school dean or registrar) complete Section 9 at the end of each academic year that you were enrolled as a full-time student.
  2. Send the form to Office of Financial Aid, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690. An email confirmation will be sent to you each time a portion of your debt is paid by Grinnell College.
  3. Important Note: the fellow is responsible for any additional interest and/or principal payments required by the loan servicer. The fellow is responsible for communicating with the loan servicer regarding eligibility for deferment of repayment based on graduate school enrollment or other applicable criteria.

Request Assistance to Cover Cost of Student Health Insurance (if request to waive it is denied)

Non-Iowa students who currently have health coverage through their home state’s Medicaid program and have a very high level of financial need may request grant assistance to help with the cost of the College’s student health insurance. The College does not recommend applying for State of Iowa Medicaid since it would leave you without coverage when you return home or travel out-of-state for breaks.

If you are not currently on your home state’s Medicaid program, you may request a student loan, if needed, to cover the cost of the insurance.

Any student requesting assistance, grant or loan, must complete the Health Insurance Request Form. If requesting a grant because of Medicaid eligibility, you must also submit a copy of your current Medicaid card to Grinnell’s secure upload site.

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