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Tuition and Aid

Program Costs

Grinnell tuition is charged in place of the program tuition when it is equal or less than Grinnell tuition. When program tuition exceeds Grinnell tuition, the program's tuition will replace Grinnell tuition. Some total program costs vary due to fluctuations in exchange rates and are subject to change without notice. Non-tuition costs, such as room and board charged by the program, will appear on your student account in addition to the tuition charge.

Specific program costs can be found on program websites and vary in what is included. Some will include group airfare, books, local travel expenses health insurance, and other expenses. Investigate costs and budget for personal expenses such as a passport, potential visa, immunizations, cell phones, toiletries or additional travel. You are encouraged to compare program costs when choosing a program to meet your financial considerations as well as your academic goals.

College Billing

The billing procedure for off-campus study is essentially the same as for a semester on campus. Bills will arrive the last week of June for fall and the last week of November for spring. The College invoice will list:
  • Grinnell tuition or program tuition (whichever is greater)
  • Grinnell's administrative fee of $300 for an off-campus study semester
  • Grinnell College student health insurance (may be waived)
  • Room and board charged by the program
  • Any other fees charged by the program (see program websites for details)
  • Credit for any paid program deposit 

Estimated program charges will be reflected in the College statement. Once an invoice is received from a program, the online billing statement will be updated if any adjustments are needed. Credits such as financial aid, program deposits, or subsidies will be included. The Cashier will pay the program upon receipt of the invoice.

Payment is due to Grinnell at the same time as the on-campus study semester. Those who have selected the monthly payment plan may continue and the payments will be adjusted accordingly. 

Questions regarding billing should be directed to 641-269-4100.  

Financial Aid

Grinnell allows you to apply your financial aid and merit aid package to off-campus study. Estimated aid calculators and aid policy regarding the off-campus study can be found on the website as well as in Grinnell Share (requires Grinnell login credentials). Note that out of pocket costs are considered in financial aid and are usually credited on your statement. These costs may be covered by additional loans. Students studying abroad will not be able to participate in work-study

Questions regarding financial aid or individual financial aid counseling should be directed to Gretchen Zimmerman at 641-269-3250. Schedule an appointment using Calendly.

Program Deposits

Deposits are not paid by the College. After being admitted to your program, you will need to pay the program deposit to confirm your intent to participate. Check your program's website to find out the exact amount ($500 is typical but the amount can be higher) as well as withdrawal policies and penalties. Be sure to meet with Financial Aid early to discuss any additional loans or funding that you may need for out-of-pocket costs. After receiving your deposit, the program will send you detailed information about flights, visas, housing and other important details. The deposit will appear as a credit on your College invoice toward the program cost. 

Deposits are usually non-refundable. Refer to individual program websites for withdrawal policies and penalties.

Return Semester Deposit

Grinnell has a $200 return semester deposit required of all students. The deposit is a prerequisite for room draw and preregistration. Notification of the due date for this payment is given to students and parent/guardian(s) in March of each year.