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Early Decision I

2023-2024 Early Decision I

Financial Aid Application Instructions (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents)

Frequently asked questions about applying for financial aid

Financial Aid Application ItemsEarly Decision I
Filing Date
Indicate intent to apply for financial aid on admission applicationNovember 1, 2022
CSS Profile (all biological/adoptive parents,
regardless of current marital status)
November 7, 2022
FAFSA*November 7, 2022
Tax Documents (IDOC Submission)November 7, 2022

To apply for financial aid as an Early Decision I candidate, complete the steps below.

  1. Indicate your intent to apply for financial aid when you complete your admission application in order to be considered for financial aid from Macalester.
  2. CSS Profile
    Visit to complete the CSS Profile. Include Macalester’s code (6390) in the school release section. There is a fee associated with filing the CSS Profile, which is automatically waived for many low-income filers. Divorced/separated parents: If your biological/adoptive parents are not married and do not reside in the same household, both parents must complete separate CSS Profile applications in order for you to be considered for financial aid from Macalester. For more information about this requirement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you do not have contact with one of your biological/adoptive parents or cannot have that parent complete the CSS Profile, you can request that this requirement be waived.
  3. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    Visit to file the FAFSA and include Macalester’s school code (002358) in the school release section. *The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal and Minnesota student aid programs. If you wish to be considered for federal and Minnesota programs (and not Macalester financial aid), please see the instructions and contact the Financial Aid Office to express your intent.
  4. Tax documents (IDOC Submission)
    In response to your CSS Profile (step 2 above), you will receive information from the College Board IDOC service on behalf of Macalester College. An email notification will be sent from Macalester will use the IDOC service to collect tax documents and applicable supplements required to apply for financial aid from Macalester. Your IDOC information will specify which documents are required as part of your financial aid application. In general, they will include your parents’ 2021 federal tax return and W-2 forms. Parents who do not file a tax return will be asked to complete a Non-Filer Statement (provided by the IDOC service).

If materials are received by the priority filing date, responses to financial aid applications will be sent shortly after notices of admission.

More information about these requirements will be provided at the time of admission.