Financial Aid Office

Your Toolbox

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.

what to look for this summer

If you are a new student...
We will be sending you information in the beginning of June about how to accept and apply for loans and how to inform us about an outside scholarships you may have received. View a comprehensive Summer Financial Aid Checklist.

If you are a returning student...
You will receive next year's financial aid eligibility notification in the mail by mid-June if you completed your financial aid application by May 15. We will award and send responses to financial aid applications received after the priority deadline as they are received. Plese see complete application instructions or go to your 1600grand account to see if you are missing any documents.

Communication from our office

In an effort to conserve resources, we will limit the number of paper financial aid eligibility notifications sent from our office.

New students will receive paper and email notifications throughout the summer. After fall semester begins, new students will receive electronic notifications only.

Returning students will receive initial eligibility notifications in the mail and electronically. Subsequent notifications will be electronic only. Paper notifications are sent to the permanent address on file with the Registrar.

If you would prefer to receive paper notifications (sent to your SPO during the academic year), please send an email to:


Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 79%

The average need-based financial aid package: $42,348

The average financial aid package includes the following:

Grant: 83%

Loan: 12%

Student Employment: 5%


In 2015-2016, over forty percent of U.S. first-year students received merit-based scholarships from Macalester. Merit scholarship awards range from $8,000 to $72,000 over four years. More information about Macalester's Merit Scholarships.

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.