Graduate School Grant

The Spring 2024 cycle opens Monday, December 4, 2023. April 22, 2024 is the last day applications will be considered from seniors graduating in May of 2024. *December 2023 graduates are not eligible to receive 2024 funding.

The Center for Careers, Life, and Service (CLS) Graduate School Grants are designed to help current third- and fourth-year students offset select expenses associated with the graduate/professional school application process. Grants will not be awarded to cover past expenses. ​​​​​

Graduate School Grants may be applied toward the following expenses:

  • Test prep materials for graduate/professional school admission exams (e.g., GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT), including enrollment fees for test-prep courses (e.g., Kaplan, Princeton Review).
  • Graduate/professional school exam fees, including other required assessments as part of the admissions process.
  • Application fees to graduate/professional school degree programs.
  • Costs associated with centralized application services (e.g., LSDAS, AMCAS).
  • Transportation to/from test administration sites.

Graduate School Grants may not be used to pay educational fees to obtain course credit from an outside educational institution or for general networking visits.

Please note, to apply for a CLS Graduate School Grant, you must be:

  • a current, degree-seeking third- or fourth-year student at Grinnell College;
  • and in good academic and conduct standing.

For processing purposes, November 26, 2023 is the last day applications will be considered from seniors graduating in December. April 22, 2024, is the last day applications will be considered from seniors graduating in May 2024.

Grant applications from students who do not meet all criteria will be declined.

Funds will be awarded in both the fall and spring semesters on a rolling basis. Please note that one’s financial need level (as determined by the Financial Aid Office) will determine the amount of funding they are eligible to receive. The maximum amount of Graduate School Grant funds a student may receive–based on their level of financial need–will not exceed $700 over the course of their time at Grinnell College. Students may apply for qualified funds more than once (for different reasons). For seniors, the grants funds must be used prior to graduation from Grinnell. Students awarded a grant will receive a lump sum deposit into the bank account they have on file with the College.

Recipients of funds will need to keep and upload all original receipts. Additionally, recipients are required to upload a brief reflection essay on how this grant helped them in their pursuit of their post-Grinnell goals.

All required documents are due by a specified deadline. Failure to complete the listed requirements may result in a charge to the student’s account in the amount of total funds received and a twelve (12) month CLS funding hold.

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