Grinnell College

Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Grinnell

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

Match Requirements
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

1

Official Transcript(s)

A guidance counselor may send a copy of your official transcript via mail, fax, or email (see Contact Information below).

2

Test Scores (Optional) 
Official Reports

SAT code: 6252
ACT code: 1318

Grinnell College is test optional for students applying for admission in 2020 – 2021. Though test scores are not required, if you wish to submit them as part of your application for admission, please request official scores from College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.

Grinnell College does not require the writing sections for either the ACT or SAT. If submitting either score, no need to submit the writing sections. Grinnell does not require SAT II Subject Tests or AP test score results. 

If you would like Grinnell to consider either an ACT or SAT score, and those  scores appear on your official transcript (i.e. a transcript sent by a school official) with the date taken and all subsections, then Grinnell will accept scores on the transcript as official.

If submitting an ACT or SAT score, a guidance counselor/registrar may mail, email or fax score reports to Grinnell and Grinnell will accept the score as official (see Contact Information below).

3

2021-2022 FAFSA

FASFA Code: 001868
Available: Oct. 1

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens only. Students who do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency, or have DACA protected status, should not fill out the FAFSA and should visit this page for instructions on applying for financial aid.

Parents and students should use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer their 2019 IRS tax information from the IRS into their FAFSA. For more information about the DRT process, review this website or contact the financial aid office. 

4

2021-2022 CSS Profile

CSS code: 6252
Available: Oct. 1

Please select "Regular Decision" as your admission application type.

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Each parent must complete a CSS Profile application. It is recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile application first. The non-custodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing their information.
  • If you do not have any contact with your non-custodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Non-Custodial Parent Waiver Petition.

5

2019 Federal Tax Returns and Forms for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent (if applicable) 

Submit a signed copy of your parents’ 2019 Federal Income Tax Return with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements.

Two options for submitting tax return information are available, please choose only one option:

Option #1: Submit to the CollegeBoard’s IDOC service. Upon completion of the CSS Profile you will receive an IDOC ID which will allow you to upload tax documents to the College Board Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC).  Please note that the IDOC service does not become available until November 1, 2020. 

Option #2: Submit tax information directly to Grinnell via our secure file transfer website (see Contact Information below).

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who do not match may apply Early Decision II. The deadline for Early Decision II is January 1.

Students must send an email to Patty Amador-Lacson at amadorla@grinnell.edu indicating their interest in applying Early Decision. Students must also submit official transcripts (updated to reflect final senior year fall grades) and, if they would like to have their ACT or SAT scores considered with their applications, official test score reports (if not previously submitted).

Students should also submit the Early Decision Agreement form (signed by student, counselor, and parent/guardian) by the application deadline. The form can be found on the Common Application website, or contact the Admissions Office for a PDF copy (see Contact Information below).

Finalists who did not rank any colleges may apply Early Decision II to Grinnell. Follow the same instructions as above.

Regular Decision

All Finalists who ranked Grinnell for the Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process. Please submit an updated transcript showing final grades earned in the fall semester and any relevant updates. 

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admission Office to withdraw your application (see Contact Information below).

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Grinnell on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 4 - December 9. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Grinnell (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to Grinnell as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Application Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15

 

Finalists who ranked Grinnell and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Grinnell

QuestBridge Midyear Report

Official Transcript(s)

Update including final fall semester grades

Test Scores (Optional) 
Official Reports

SAT code: 6252
ACT code: 1318

 

Optional, and only if new scores to report 

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 15

 

Finalists who ranked Grinnell and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Grinnell

2021-2022 FAFSA

FAFSA Code: 001868
Available: Oct. 1

 

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

Students who do not hold US citizenship or US permanent residency, or have DACA protected status, should not fill out the FAFSA and should visit this page for instructions on applying for financial aid.

2021-2022 CSS Profile

CSS code: 6252
Available: Oct. 1

 

2019 Federal Tax Returns and Forms

 

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing/faxing materials and general questions):

Mail, email or fax official transcripts and test scores (PDF) to:

Grinnell College
Office of Admission
1227 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Email: admission@grinnell.edu or amadorla@grinnell.edu
Fax: (641) 269-4800

Official test scores that appear on official transcripts sent by the school counselor or registrar will be accepted.

Use secure file transfer to send financial aid documents:
Secure File Transfer

For general financial aid questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid:
Toll Free: (800) 247-0113
Direct: (641) 269-3250  

Grinnell Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):

Office of Admission:
Patty Amador-Lacson
Associate Director of Admission
amadorla@grinnell.edu
(641) 269-3611 or (800) 247-0113

Office of Financial Aid:
Toll Free: (800) 247-0113
Direct: (641) 269-3250