How to Apply for Aid for 2017-2018

If you are a prospective student...
Please make sure to complete your financial aid application and submit all documents by the deadlines for Early Decision or Regular Decision. Click here for application instructions and deadlines.

If you are a returning student...
Please complete your financial aid application any time between today and May 15, 2017. If you complete your application by this priority deadline, you will receive next year's financial aid eligibility notification in the mail by mid-June. After May 15, we will award and send responses to financial aid applications as they are received. Please see complete application instructions or go to your 1600grand account to see if you are missing any documents.

Communication from our office

In an effort to conserve resources, we will limit the number of paper financial aid eligibility notifications sent from our office.

New students will receive paper and email notifications throughout the summer. After fall semester begins, new students will receive electronic notifications only.

Returning students will receive initial eligibility notifications in the mail and electronically. Subsequent notifications will be electronic only. Paper notifications are sent to the permanent address on file with the Registrar.

If you would prefer to receive paper notifications (sent to your SPO during the academic year), please send an email to

2015-2016 Key Facts and Figures

Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 79%

The average need-based financial aid package: $42,348

The average financial aid package includes the following:

Grant: 83%

Loan: 12%

Student Employment: 5%

Merit Scholarship Opportunities

In 2015-2016, over forty 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.

The resources your family needs to learn about and apply for financial aid at Macalester are on this site. If you have any additional questions or are unable to find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.

The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices are physically located at 62 Macalester Street.