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

Macalester’s robust financial aid program supports the enrollment of bright, talented students from around the world, regardless of their family’s financial background.

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Net Price Calculator
For a customized estimate of what your net price to attend Macalester might be.
Tuition $56,062
Room $6,762
Board $5,830
Activity Fee $230
Total $68,884

2019-2020 health insurance price is $2,417.00. Students who are covered by another health insurance policy may waive this charge. More information is available here.

Merit Scholarship Opportunities

In 2018-2019, over fifty percent of U.S. first-year students received merit-based scholarships from Macalester. Merit scholarship awards range from $6,000 to $20,000 per year. More information about Macalester’s Merit Scholarships

Average Financial Aid Award

Fall 2018 U.S. first-year students receiving need-based financial aid from Macalester: 68%
Average need-based financial aid package: $47,763
Learn more about your eligibility for financial aid by using our Net Price Calculator.

Need-Based Financial Aid at Macalester

Need-based financial aid Awarded to U.S. First-Years by Family Income: Fall 2018 Based on Comprehensive of $66,500

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 99% 29,697 70,612 64,234
$50,000-$74,999 98% 2,236 69,160 56,117
$75,000-$99,999 100% 31,579 69,410 55,826
$100,000-$124,999 94% 5,563 64,243 48,140
$125,000-$149,999 87% 4,857 56,149 41,552
$150,000-$174,999 94% 8,029 52,079 35,327
$175,000-$199,999 97% 5,898 50,706 32,903
$200,000 and up 57% 1,738 44,164 19,402

*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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