Grinnell College


National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Grinnell

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

College Match Required Application Materials


Official Test Scores
SAT code: 6252
ACT code: 1318

Request official scores from College Board and/or ACT. Do NOT use the rush reporting service.

Grinnell requires the SAT or the ACT (writing is not required for the ACT).  Grinnell does not require any other scores (SAT Subject Tests or AP score results). 

If the ACT or SAT scores appear on an official transcript with the date taken and all subsections, then Grinnell will accept those scores as official. 

A guidance counselor/registrar may mail, email or fax official score reports (see Contact Information below).


Official Transcripts

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


CSS/Financial Aid 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 noncustodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing their information.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition. 


A copy of your parents' 2016 federal income tax returns

Submit a signed copy of your parents’ 2016 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, 2017.

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


2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1

*Students who do not hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. 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 Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer their 2016 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. 

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 Patricia Amador-Lacson at indicating their interest in applying Early Decision.  Students must also submit official transcripts (updated to reflect senior year fall grades) and 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 College 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 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 6 - December 11. 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 to Grinnell according to your status by the deadlines listed below. 

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Required Application Materials


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

Finalists who did not rank Grinnell

Common Application and all supporting documents



Official Transcripts

Update including final fall semester grades

Official Test Scores
SAT code: 6252
ACT code: 1318

Only if new scores to report

QuestBridge Midyear Report

Application Fee



Regular Decision Required Financial Aid Materials


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

Finalists who did not rank Grinnell

2018-2019 CSS/FinancialAid PROFILE
CSS code: 6252
Available: Oct. 1


2016 Federal Tax Returns and W-2


2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1

*Students who do not hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. 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. 


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
1103 Park St.
Grinnell, IA 50112
Email: or
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
Office of Financial Aid