Tuition, Fees, and Other Charges

Tuition and Fees for 2015 – 2016 Academic Year


Fall 2015

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Additional Tuition and Fees Information for 2015-2016

$1,521 Part-Time, less than 12 hours per semester (per semester hour)

$3,042 Hours in excess of 18 (per semester hour to a maximum of 20)

Note: 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 fourth course.

$1,521 Macalester Graduate, maximum of 5 hours per semester

Note: Graduates taking more than the stated credit limit are billed the regular part-time or full-time tuition rate for all credits.

$6,083 Credit by Examination

$380 Audit only, non-Macalester graduate (per credit)

$1,468 Summer Independent Study (Summer 2015, per semester hour)

No Charge January Break Independent Study (January 2015, 2 semester hours max)

$450 Private Music Lessons, non-major student

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Additional Room and Board Information for 2015-2016

$5,064 Board Charge ($2,532 per semester)

$4,564 Board Plan E Charge ($2,282 per semester)

$625 Commuter Meal Plan (per semester)

$5,810 Dormitory Room Charge ($2,905 per semester)

$6,010 Language Houses (room only)

$6,710 Apartment (room only)

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Health Insurance

All Macalester students are enrolled and charged for health insurance at the beginning of the academic year. Health insurance is mandatory.

  • Students are responsible to waive out of the plan.
  • Students must waive out of a plan before credit can be issued.
  • ALL STUDENTS (new & returning) MUST WAIVE OUT BETWEEN JULY 4, 2015 and September 4, 2015 in order to receive credit.
  • DEADLINE to waive out: September 4, 2015.

For more details, see the Health and Wellness Center web site or contact Sue Rothenbacher at

Tuition Insurance

A.W.G. Dewar, Inc. is a private insurance program that supplements Macalester's refund policy. It insures the refund of one hundred percent of tuition, fees and applicable room and board charges if due to illness or accident a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws after the beginning of the fall or spring semester.

Participation in the Tuition Refund Plan (T.R.P.) offered by A.W.G. Dewar is entirely optional, and the College's refund program is applicable whether or not you enroll in the T.R.P. We encourage you to read the T.R.P. brochure carefully to consider the suitability of the T.R.P. for you.

For more information about the plan, please address them to A.W.G. Dewar at 617-774-1555.

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Charges From Other Offices

Many Macalester departments and offices, such as the Library, Registrar, Music Department, Health Services and Art Department put charges and credits on students accounts. The Student Accounts Office acts as a clearinghouse for these transactions.

If an item on your account needs clarification or adjustment, you should first contact the originating department to discuss it.

Art Supply Charges Art Department 651-696-6308
Financial Aid Financial Aid Office 651-696-6214
Health Service Charge Health and Wellness Center 651-696-6275
Library Fines Library 651-696-6406
Music Lesson Fee Music Department 651-696-6808
Late Registration Fee Registrar 651-696-6200
Dorm Damage Charge Residential Life 651-696-6215
Lost Keys Facilities Services 651-696-6797
Other Student Accounts 651-696-6161

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Finance Charges

If your account is not paid by the dates indicated, a finance charge of .67% per month (8% per annum) will be assessed on the unpaid balance.

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Returned Check/Payment Charges

All returned checks are redeposited. If the check fails to clear, the amount of the check and a $20 fee is assessed to the student's account. After three NSF checks, the student/parent will be required to make further payments with cash, cashier's check or money order. A hold will also be placed on the cashing of personal checks at the Student Accounts Office.

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