COVID-19 INFORMATION

We have created an FAQ page for financial aid questions related to Module 5.

Financial Aid Office staff members are working from remote locations. The Financial Aid Office is currently closed to in-person visits, but we remain committed to providing responsive and thorough service to students and families. We will respond to email and voicemail as soon as possible, almost always within one business day.

You may contact us in all the usual ways (except you’ll need to leave voicemail if you call), and if you’d like to schedule an individual meeting, please let us know if you prefer a phone appointment or a Zoom video call. Students who need to drop off paper documents can place them in the mailbox just outside the door to the Financial Aid Office.

Thank you for your patience and support during this challenging time.

More: Macalester’s COVID-19 page

Admitted Students

Congratulations to all admitted students for the 2021-2022 academic year! If you indicated an intent to apply for aid and you completed your aid application, we have posted a financial aid letter to your application portal and mailed a copy to your home address.

If you indicated an intent to apply for aid but have not completed your application, please do so as soon as possible. We will continue to award financial aid as applications are completed. Please check your application portal for missing items and review our aid application process.

Financial aid letters include documents that explain your financial aid package and the financing options available. You can also contact us with any questions. We are eager to answer your questions and provide any additional information you might need.

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. 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 financialaid@macalester.edu.

2018-2019 Key Facts and Figures

70% of students receive need-based financial aid

Average need-based financial aid package: $47,763

The average financial aid package includes the following:

Grant: 85%
Loan: 10%
Student Employment: 5%

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 $8,000 to $80,000 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.