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Tuition & Fees

2024-2025 Comprehensive Fee

Macalester’s comprehensive fee includes tuition, campus housing, your meal plan, and activity fee for the academic year. Any merit scholarships and need-based financial aid are subtracted from this total.

Tuition & Required Course Materials*:
Residence Hall:
Meal Plan:
Activity Fee:
Comprehensive Fee (sum of above):
* Beginning in 2024-2025, tuition includes required course materials. Visit the Mac Books FAQ for more information.

Estimate Your Cost

Get a quick, customized estimate of what your net price to attend Macalester might be. MyinTuition and Net Price Calculator are tools that provide an estimate for your need-based aid eligibility as you plan for the cost of college.

Health Insurance Requirement

Macalester College requires all students to have comprehensive, ACA-compliant personal health insurance coverage. The 2024-2025 health insurance price is $3,329. Students who are covered by another health insurance policy may waive this charge. More information about student health insurance is available here.

2024-2025 Federal Cost of Attendance

The following costs are taken into account for U.S. citizens and permanent residents when determining eligibility for Federal Student Aid.

Full-Time Tuition$67,874
On-Campus Food & Housing1 or
Off-Campus Food & Housing
$16,302 or
Activity Fee$230
Textbooks & Supplies (estimated)2$0
Computer Purchase (estimated)3$954
Personal Expenses (estimated)$2,270
Travel (estimated, varies by home state)4$100-$1,000
Average Direct Loan Fee$64
1. Federal cost of attendance estimates for on-campus housing are based on the average cost students pay for on-campus housing, accounting for the higher price of Grand Cambridge Apartments and Language Houses. The table at the top of the page lists the billed cost for a standard residence hall room ($8,304) and meal plan ($7,456). Off-Campus food & housing estimates are based on Consumer Expenditure Survey data for the Twin Cities metro area.

2. Starting with the 2024-2025 academic year, rental fees for textbooks and other required course materials are included in Macalester’s tuition charge.

3. Federal cost of attendance must include the estimated price of purchasing a computer at least once during a student’s program of study.

4. Travel estimates vary by home state and are available in this travel estimate document.


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Saint Paul, MN 55105 USA