Financial Aid staff are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm. (All times are Central Daylight Time.)
Please review the financial aid application requirements and filing dates on our Apply for Aid page. We ask U.S. students to complete the CSS Profile and the FAFSA and provide tax documents. International students can complete the CSS Profile or the International Student Financial Aid Application. Students who complete their financial aid application by the specified filing date for their admission round will receive financial aid results shortly after notices of admission.
We encourage students to run an estimate of their financial aid eligibility to get an idea of what it might cost to attend Macalester. Our estimating page offers two options: MyinTuition for a quick estimate and our Net Price Calculator for a more detailed, customized estimate.
Please contact us with questions about any aspect of the financial aid process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020-2021 Key Facts and Figures
67% of students receive need-based financial aid
Average need-based financial aid package: $53,873
The average financial aid package includes the following:
Student Employment: 5%
Merit Scholarship Opportunities
Around half of Macalester students are recipients of a merit-based scholarship (many of those students also receive need-based financial aid). All applicants for admission are considered for Macalester’s merit scholarships, no additional scholarship application is required. Merit scholarship awards range from $8,000 to $92,000 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.
For a customized estimate of what your net price to attend Macalester might be.