Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Estimate your aid!

Tuition $54,114
Room $6,526
Board $5,630
Activity Fee $230
Total $66,500

2018-2019 health insurance price is $2,383.00. Students who are covered by another health insurance policy may waive this charge. More information is available here.

Average Financial Aid Award

Fall 2017 U.S. first-year students receiving need-based financial aid: 70%
Average need-based financial aid package: $47,908
Learn more about your eligibility for financial aid by using our Net Price Calculator.

Merit Scholarship Opportunities

In 2017-2018, over fifty percent of U.S. first-year students received merit-based scholarships from Macalester. Merit scholarship awards range from $8,000 to $80,000 over four years. More information about Macalester’s Merit Scholarships

Financial Aid at Macalester

Need-based financial aid Awarded to U.S. First-Years by Family Income: Fall 2017 Based on Comprehensive of $64,136

Financial Aid Awarded to Those Who Qualified
Parent Income
(including interest, dividends, non-taxable income, etc.)
Percentage of Applicants receiving a need-based award
Maximum Average
$0-$49,999 100% 25,387 67,036 61,970
$50,000-$74,999 96% 16,440 64,780 58,807
$75,000-$99,999 100% 11,603 64,280 52,828
$100,000-$124,999 97% 6,591 59,539 45,911
$125,000-$149,999 98% 16,440 58,201 40,329
$150,000-$174,999 90% 2,554 56,056 33,920
$175,000-$199,999 92% 11,973 54,183 32,031
$200,000 and up 48% 2,554 49,240 24,102
Totals 89% 2,554 67,036 47,908

*This chart does not project an individual’s financial aid eligibility. For a customized estimate of your eligibility for need-based financial aid at Macalester, visit and use our Net Price Calculator.
*Financial aid award amount typically includes grants, student loans, and student employment.
*Income is an important factor in determining eligibility for financial aid. Family assets, family size, the number of children enrolled in college and other factors can also affect eligibility. If parents are divorced or separated, Macalester requires financial aid information from each parent.
*IMPORTANT: To be considered for financial aid from Macalester, you must indicate your intent to apply for aid when you complete your admission application.

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