Our Commitment

Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.


Tuition $52,234
Room $6,238
Board $5,434
Activity Fee $230
Total $64,136

2017-2018 health insurance price is $2,256. Students who are covered by another health insurance policy may waive this charge. More information is available here.

Average Financial Aid Award

Fall 2016 U.S. first-year students receiving need-based financial aid: 67%
Average need-based financial aid package: $44,085

Learn more about your eligibility for financial aid by using our Net Price Calculator.

Merit Scholarship Opportunities

In 2016-2017, over fifty percent of U.S. first-year students received merit-based scholarships from Macalester. Merit scholarship awards range from $8,000 to $72,000 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 2016 Based on Comprehensive of $61,905

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% 12,569 65,861 55,806
$50,000-$74,999 100% 40,669 61,461 57,752
$75,000-$99,999 100% 21,910 62,069 50,024
$100,000-$124,999 96% 20,135 59,363 45,111
$125,000-$149,999 97% 14,067 52,546 38,538
$150,000-$174,999 97% 5,402 52,180 36,765
$175,000-$199,999 83% 8,521 54,456 34,203
$200,000 and up 49% 2,019 43,882 23,171
Totals 87% 2,019 65,861 44,085

*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 macalester.edu/financialaid/estimate 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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