Prospective Students

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 dates for Early Decision or Regular Decision 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.

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.

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.

For a quick estimate of your cost to attend Macalester.Net Price Calculator
For a customized estimate of what your net price to attend Macalester might be.

Frequently asked questions about billing and financial aid