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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 DocumentsNovember 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. Some students will have this requirement waived automatically based on information on their custodial parent’s CSS Profile.

    CSS Profile waivers: Some students will have the CSS Profile requirement waived based on information on their application for admission. These students will still need to complete the FAFSA and provide tax documents. If your CSS Profile requirement has not been waived but you believe the Profile will be unduly difficult for you to complete, please contact us for guidance.
  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: After completing the CSS Profile (step 2 above), you will receive an email from the College Board IDOC service. This email will come from [email protected] and will provide instructions to use IDOC to submit tax documents and applicable supplements required to apply for financial aid from Macalester. Your IDOC information will specify which documents are required. 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).

    Macalester upload: If your CSS Profile requirement was waived, you will not be able to use the College Board IDOC service to submit tax documents. Please upload your parents’ 2021 federal tax return and W-2 forms to us directly using

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.