International Students

Macalester's long-standing commitment to internationalism includes a significant financial aid fund for qualified international students. Applicants for financial assistance should be aware that all awards are based on need and that the competition for these funds is extremely keen.

Candidates who need financial assistance are required to complete one of the following by November 15 (Early Decision 1), January 1 (Early Decision 2), or January 15 (Regular Decision):

  1. International Student Financial Aid Application OR
  2. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE

Financial aid applicants must also complete the International Student Certification of Finances.

International Students Applying for Aid

  1. Can I work to help pay for my education?
  2. Are educational loans available to international students?
  3. Will I have a better chance of being admitted to Macalester if I offer to pay for my first year and apply for financial aid after I have matriculated?
  4. Should I pursue outside scholarships, and, if I receive them, do I need to notify Macalester?
  5. Does Macalester offer special or honorary scholarships to international students?

1. Can I work to help pay for my education?

All international students who qualify for financial aid are offered part time campus work as part of their financial aid package.  Students generally work between ten and twelve hours per week in an office or department on campus during the academic year.

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2. Are educational loans available to international students?

Yes. We offer a Macalester College International Student Loan to assist students in financing a portion of their educational expenses.

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3. Will I have a better chance of being admitted to Macalester if I offer to pay for my first year and apply for financial aid after I have matriculated?

No.  Macalester is unable to consider applications for financial aid from international students after they have begun their studies at the college.  All candidates are required to submit an accurate and thorough assessment of their financial situation as part of their application for admissions to the college.

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4. Should I pursue outside scholarships, and, if I receive them, do I need to notify Macalester?

Yes.  All applicants are encouraged to pursue any source of funding that may help them afford their education at Macalester.  Money is often available through local, national, regional, and global foundations.  To maximize your chances of receiving financial aid from Macalester, it is imperative that you provide us with details of any outside assistance you have obtained.

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5. Does Macalester offer special or honorary scholarships to international students?

All financial aid awards for international students are based on need.  Because the international admissions process at Macalester is highly competitive, all students who receive financial aid have exceptional academic and personal records.  In this sense the Kofi Annan International Scholarship is based on merit as well as need.

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