Admitted Students

Congratulations to all admitted students for the 2018-2019 academic year! If you are an admitted student who indicated an intent to apply for aid and completed your aid application, we have posted a financial aid eligibility notification to your applicant 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 applicant portal for missing items and review our aid application process. Students applying to transfer to Macalester from another college can review our aid application instructions for transfer students.

Our mailings include documents that explain your financial aid package and answer frequently asked questions. You can also contact us to discuss any aspect of your financial aid. 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.

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 financialaid@macalester.edu.

2017-2018 Key Facts and Figures

70% of students receive need-based financial aid

Average need-based financial aid package: $45,680

The average financial aid package includes the following:

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

Merit Scholarship Opportunities

In 2017-2018, 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.