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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 Low-Income Lending Library (LILL). The LILL aims to support students by offering miscellaneous supplies and semester-long textbook checkout. Eligible students are emailed at the beginning of each semester with instructions to participate if they wish to do so.

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 to your financial aid.

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.

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, which can be found in the online financial aid office. 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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