Balancing Access and Quality

Macalester’s commitment to access is an essential part of its mission and history, and we carefully craft our financial aid philosophy to connect to our values:

  • Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.
  • Fall 2016 U.S. first-year students receiving need-based financial aid: 68%
  • Average need-based financial aid package in fall 2016: $43,701
  • Financial aid is structured to encourage students to study away by allowing them to use their financial aid for study abroad programs.

During the last decade, as the cost of college has become a greater concern, we’ve sharpened our focus on balancing access and quality. During the historic Step Forward campaign, the response from donors was unprecedented. Alumni, parents, and friends signaled their belief in a Macalester education by raising $38 million for scholarships and creating new opportunities to meet the needs of an evolving curriculum. But we can’t stop there. This is the time to make sure quality and access continue in tandem. Your support makes an impact for Macalester students now—and far into the future.