grinnellPage Updated: December 22, 2015

Location: Grinnell, Iowa

Does your institution admit undocumented students?


Do you feel that your institution creates a welcoming and inclusive environment where undocumented students would feel wanted and valued on campus?


When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship, is there an option to select “non-citizen” or “Other (Non-US)” and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

Grinnell is a Common App member institution and allows students to select the “Other (Non-US)” option.

Do you recommend that undocumented students disclose their immigration status in the application, including essays or counselor/teacher recommendations?

Yes, Grinnell recommends that students disclose this informative whenever possible.

For residency and tuition purposes, how does your institution treat undocumented students? (i.e., international, in-state, out-of-state, etc.)

As a private institution, Grinnell does not consider residency for tuition purposes.

Does your institution offer institutional aid or any type of merit/talent scholarships to undocumented students?

Yes, Grinnell offers merit aid and also meets 100% of demonstrated need for admitted students. This demonstrated need is determined by Grinnell.

How would an undocumented student apply for need-based aid at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application?

Students must submit the CSS Profile.

Do you require that students submit a social security number on your admissions application? Can students use zeros to complete this requirement? (i.e., 000-00-0000)

Yes, students can use zeros.

Does your institution offer legal support to help students gain legal status by the time they graduate?


If there is a specific person in the admissions office who is knowledgeable about the issues pertaining to undocumented students and can serve as a resource for students, families and high school counselors, please list his/her information below:

Jon Edwards
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
[email protected]