Financial Aid Office

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Financial Aid Office
651-696-6866 (fax )

Mailing Address
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN
55105 USA

The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices are located at 62 Macalester Street.

Congratulations to students admitted to Macalester’s class of 2019! Admission decisions for Regular Decision applicants were posted to The Grove on Sunday, March 15. If we had received financial aid materials by March 14, those results were also posted to the The Grove on March 15.

If you have received an admission decision but don’t yet see a financial aid result:

  • Check The Grove to see if all of your financial aid application materials have been received by Macalester. If we’ve received everything, we’ll  process your financial aid application as quickly as we can and post the result. In general, it takes us less than two business days from receipt of financial aid materials to posting results.
  • If The Grove shows that we are missing tax documents but you have already submitted those documents to IDOC, we are waiting to receive your documents from IDOC. IDOC has been running behind so this is not unusual. Don’t worry, IDOC is working hard to catch up and we expect we will receive your documents soon.  Check IDOC’s web site if you aren’t sure of your IDOC status.
  • If you haven’t yet completed the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, you should do so right away (and submit tax documents, too). Click here for full application instructions. Your financial aid result won’t be affected by late completion, but we want you to get started right away so that we can deliver the result as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the status of your financial aid application, send us an email (we almost always answer emails within one business day) or call. We’ll be happy to help you.


Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 78%

The average need-based financial aid package: $40,694

The average financial aid package includes the following:

Grant: 84%

Loan: 11%

Student Employment: 5%


In 2014-2015, approximately half of U.S. first-year students received merit-based scholarships from Macalester. Merit scholarship awards range from $8,000 to $64,000 over four years. More information about Macalester's Merit Scholarships.

Communication from our office

Current Macalester students will receive notices of changes to financial aid eligibility through their Macalester email. Students who prefer to have a paper notification sent via campus mail may send email to

In addition to email, paper notifications will be sent to the student's permanent address during off-campus study semesters.

Students who wish to automatically forward email from our office to a third party are encouraged to set up an email filter. We have instructions on how to set up a filter at:


The resources your family needs to learn about and apply for financial aid at Macalester are on this site. If you have any additional questions or are unable to find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.