Tuition, Fees, and Room and Board 2011–2012
The tuition rate for full time students (12–18 hours per semester) for 2011–2012 is $41,800 per year. The rates in
this catalog reflect the prevailing price at the time of this publication.
Tuition rates can be found at the following website:
www.macalester.edu/academic/catalog/aefad.html. They will be updated for
subsequent years when the information is made available.
Application Fee $40
Enrollment Deposit 300
Late Registration Fee 100
Student Activity Fee 221
Newly admitted students pay a one time, non-refundable
enrollment deposit of $300 to reserve a place in the entering class. The
amount deposited by the student is applied to first semester tuition
Full-time, per academic year (12–18 hours per semester) 41,800
Part-time, less than 12 hours per semester (per
semester hour) 1,306
Hours in excess of 18 (per semester hour to a maximum
of 20) 2,613
Charges for hours in excess of 18 per semester are
waived if students enroll for 12–14 hours in the other semester of the same academic year. They are
not waived if students enroll in fewer than 12 hours or withdraw from a
Macalester Graduate, maximum of 5 hours per
(Graduates taking more than the stated credit limit
are billed the regular part-time or full-time tuition rate for all
Credit by Examination 5,225
Audit only, non-Macalester graduate, (per credit) 325
Summer Independent Study (Summer 2011, per semester
January Break Independent Study (January 2012, 2 semester hrs. max) No Charge
Private lessons, per semester, non-major student 350
(Music major/minor students: rates vary, see
Performance Instruction under Music section of this catalog.)
Semester and Academic Year Programs: Macalester College offers students a carefully selected variety of
overseas and domestic study away programs of relevance to the Macalester
liberal arts curriculum. The cost of participating in an off-campus program
is equal to Macalester tuition plus airfare and on-site room and board
charges. For programs whose charges exceed Macalester’s, the student
and his or her family will be responsible for the additional costs. The
College extends financial aid allowances to all eligible students to
support the cost of approved study away. Withdrawal from a study away
program follows the same policy as an on-campus program based on the
program’s first day of the semester.
January or summer program: actual program costs.
Further information on recommended programs, costs,
and financial aid for off-campus study will be made available during the
study away advising process or may be viewed on the College’s
International Center web site.
Room and Board
Per academic year (Room—5,024) (Board—4,312) 9,396
Language Houses (room only) 5,224
Apartment (room only) 6,640
Commuter Meal Plan (not yet available)
First-year and sophomore students are required to live
in College housing. A room and board information card will be provided to
new students at the time they receive notice of admission to the College.
First-year students may apply to the Academic Programs Office for a
residential course for their first semester. First-year course assignments
have priority in the room assignment process.
The enrollment deposit made by an applicant is
non-refundable. Therefore, if new students have difficulty with deposit
deadlines they should contact the Admissions Office. The $300 deposit is
applied as a credit toward first semester charges.
No tuition, fees, room, or board is refunded or credited
after the 33rd class day of the semester.
No tuition is refunded or credited when a student withdraws from a course after the Add/Drop deadline.
No tuition is refunded or credited to a student that withdraws from a course and has a grade of "W".
No refunds are granted without first receiving
official permission or withdrawal from the College from the Dean of
Tuition refunds for official withdrawal from the
College during the first 33 class days of the semester are as follows for
returning students: a) 1st–7th
day: 90 percent; b) 8th–17th
day: 50 percent; c) 18th–33rd
day: 25 percent. Tuition refunds for both on-campus and study away programs
are based on the program’s first day of the semester.
Room and board refunds for both new and returning
students are calculated on a daily basis by the number of days in the
dormitory as of the checkout date. One week is added to the official date
of room vacancy when computing the pro-rated refund. Students who move out
of College residences but remain enrolled in the College are not eligible
for room and board refunds.
Students receiving financial aid who receive tuition
and/or room and board refunds will receive a similar reduction in their
total financial aid package. Refund calculations for the Title IV aid
recipients are regulated by federal requirements and differ from the
institutional policy. (See the Financial Aid section of the Student
Handbook for additional refund policy information.)
The student activity fee is non-refundable.
Health Insurance is non-refundable.
Students leaving the College any time after
registration without being granted official permission, or by reason of
being suspended or dropped, will not be eligible for any refund under this
Payment of Student Accounts
Students are billed for the Fall Semester in mid-July,
with charges due and payable on or before August 15. Students are billed
for the Spring Semester mid-December, with charges due and payable on or
before January 15. Each semester’s bill will include the charges for
that semester’s tuition, room and board (if applicable) and any
appropriate fees. Charges must be paid by the due date of August 15 for
Fall Semester or January 15 for Spring Semester.
The value of any work-study generated financial aid is
anticipated money and will only be available as it is earned. Work-study
earnings are paid directly to the students on a bi-weekly basis. Students
wanting to apply work-study earnings to their bills must have a Student
Employment Check Authorization (SECA) form on file with the Student Accounts
Office. Work study not earned by the end of the semester must be paid on or
before semester end. Finance charges will accrue on accounts that have an
Monthly e-Bill statements are made available on the
student portal, 1600grand, on the first business day following the 15th. New charges are
due on the 15th of the following month. The statements reflect charges
and credits incurred during the billing period. In subsequent billing
periods, if full payment is not made by the due date, a finance charge of
.667% per month (annual percentage rate of 8%) is assessed.
Students are responsible for reading and understanding
all academic and financial policies as published in the Macalester College
Catalog, including the refund policies for tuition, room, and board.
Students are responsible for the communication of billing information to
all parties involved. Students may give permission to others to view their
e-Bill statements, billing account activity, and make on-line payments by
setting them up as an authorized user. If the student believes that any
information on their statement is incorrect, they must notify the Student
Accounts Office in writing within 30 days of the statement date detailing
the information believed to be incorrect. If the information is not
disputed in writing within 30 days of the statement date, Macalester
College will assume the information is correct.
Students and/or parents wishing to borrow additional
money to pay towards their semester bill need to contact the Financial Aid
Office to determine what options might be available to them. Tuition
Management Systems (TMS) (1-800-356-8329) also offers an independent monthly
payment plan with insurance and extended payment features. Information and
application materials are available from the Student Accounts Office or by
going to their web site at www.afford.com.
The Student Accounts Office will accept the following forms of payment:
- Cash - only accepted in person at the Student Accounts Office
- Personal check, cashier's check, money order
- Made payable to Macalester College
- Must be in US dollars
- Checks from outside the US must be drawn on a US bank in US dollars
- Conversion fees on foreign currency will be charged to student's billing account
- Mailed or personally delivered to the Student Accounts Office
- Online payment options:
- Checking/savings (no fee) for students and authorized users
- Online credit card (2.75% convenience fee) for students and authorized users. We accept MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Convenience fee paid by the card holder.
- ACH (bank to bank wire). To make a wire transfer payment, please contact the Student Accounts Office by either mailing or emailing your request to receive the wire transfer information. You may also stop in the Student Accounts Office to request the information in person. When making a wire transfer, please include the student's Macalester ID number and name in the reference section. Any fees for wire transfers will result in a reduction of amount credited to student's billing account.
Past Due Balances
Failure to keep a student billing account current,
including the monthly payment plan account (TMS), may result in one or more
of the following: validation hold, transcript hold, diploma hold, inability
to add/drop classes, and assessment of an 8% per annum finance charge.
A. RETURNED CHECK CHARGES: A non-refundable twenty
dollar ($20.00) fee is assessed to a student’s billing account each
time a check (paper or electronic) is returned by our bank. After three
returned checks, the student will be required to make further payments with
cash, cashier’s check, money order, credit card, or wire transfer.
B. GRADUATION: Outstanding balances must be paid in
full three weeks prior to graduation. Graduates who have a balance due may
participate in commencement ceremonies but will not be allowed to receive
their diploma or copies of transcripts. All students with loans must
complete an exit interview before graduation or they will not be allowed to
receive their diploma or copies of transcripts.
C. TRANSCRIPTS: Transcript requests should be directed
to the Registrar’s Office. Requests are denied if a student has
unpaid or unmet financial obligations to the College. This may include a balance owing
on their student billing account or not being current or having unmet obligations relating to their Perkins,
Institutional, or Gate loans.
D. FINES AND OTHER CHARGES: Fines are due and payable as soon as they
are posted to a student’s billing account.