Financial Aid Eligibility Notifications Available

Financial aid eligibility notifications for students admitted under the Regular Decision Plan were posted to the Macalester Application Portal on March 12. We also send these notifications via regular mail.
See also: frequently asked questions about financial aid and financial aid award explanations.

If you did not receive a financial aid eligibility notification, your financial aid application may be incomplete. The Financial Aid Checklist on your Application Portal will show any outstanding items. We will continue to provide students with financial aid eligibility notifications as applications are completed. Please contact us if you have questions about how to complete your financial aid application.

Macalester merit scholarship notifications were also posted to the portal on March 12 (and sent through the mail on March 14). These scholarships were awarded based on a student's application for admission and without regard to financial need. To answer a few frequently asked questions about merit scholarships: all merit scholarships were awarded at the time of admission; no additional scholarships are awarded after admission; it is not possible to increase the amount of a merit scholarship. For more information, please read our policies governing merit (a.k.a. non-need-based) scholarships.

How to Apply for Aid for 2017-2018

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

Tax Forms for 2016 Tax Filing

IRS Form 1098-T is used to determine eligibility for claiming Education Tax Credits on your Federal Income Tax Return. If you are a student at Macalester and eligible to receive a 1098-T Form, you can retrieve it electronically. Instructions are available on how to download your 1098-T Form.

2016 W-2 Forms have been provided to students who worked on campus during the 2016 tax year. Student W-2 Forms for 2016 can be downloaded by selecting "Tax Forms" in the "Employment/My Job" tab of 1600grand.

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.