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.

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, student employment and how to inform us about any 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. Application instructions can be found here or use your 1600grand account to see if you are missing any documents.


Because we are committed to making Macalester affordable, the College is able to enroll bright, talented students from across the nation and around the world. Macalester assembles a financial aid package that meets 100% of every admitted student’s demonstrated financial need.


Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 74%

The average need-based financial aid package: $37,501

The average financial aid package includes the following:

Grant: 83%

Loan: 12%

Student Employment: 5%


In 2013-2014, approximately half of U.S. first-year students received merit-based scholarships from Macalester. Merit scholarship awards range from $2,000 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.