How To Make A Payment

Payments may be made with:

  • Cash:  Personally paid in the Student Accounts Office during cashier office hours.
  • Check:  Made payable to Macalester College and mailed or personally delivered to the Student Accounts Office during cashier office hours.  Mailing address: Student Accounts Office, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105.
  • Online Payment Options:
    • Checking/savings account (no fee).
    • Credit card. We accept online credit card payments from Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Credit card payments include a 2.85% or minimum fee of $3 paid by the card holder.
  • Wire Transfer:  To make a wire transfer payment, please contact the Student Accounts Office by emailing your request to receive the wire transfer information. When making a wire transfer, please include the students Macalester ID number and name in the reference section.

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Estimate Your Payment

Please use this worksheet to estimate your Macalester bill.

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Payment Plan Options

  • Option 1: Semester Payment
    • Pay tuition, fees and all other charges directly to Macalester College as stated on the pre-term bill you will receive prior to the beginning of each semester:
      • Fall 2020 semester payment is due August 31, 2020
      • Spring 2021 semester payment is due January 15, 2021
  • Option 2: Interest-Free Monthly Payment Plan available through
    Tuition Management Systems (TMS)  (Nelnet Campus Commerce)

    • $85 annual non-refundable enrollment fee.
    • Option of making 9 to 12 monthly payments, dependent on when you begin the plan.
    • The college will credit your account with the sum contracted for that semester.
    • TMS accepts e-Check payments and credit cards.
    • TMS offers an ACH deduction option.
    • Adjustments to the TMS credit result only if a contract becomes delinquent with TMS or if there is a change in the original contract amount.
    • Dependent upon your choice of monthly payment options, your monthly payment may not be the same each month. The payments are set up to pay by semester even if you are enrolled for the academic year.
    • All new accounts must have a status of ‘Current’ or ‘Prepaid’.  Macalester College will not process the TMS account until the account is up-to-date.
    • Important: Review your semester eBill statement in July and December as soon as it is available.  Make any required adjustments to your TMS contract immediately to ensure the student billing account balance is current.

TMS 12 Month Payment Plan Schedule

Payment Fall 2020 Spring 2021
1st Installment June 1, 2020 December 1, 2020
2nd Installment July 1, 2020 January 1, 2021
3rd Installment August 1, 2020 February 1, 2021
4th Installment September 1, 2020 March 1, 2021
5th Installment October 1, 2020 April 1, 2021
6th Installment November 1, 2020 May 1, 2021

Call TMS at 1-800-722-4867 for more information or to enroll. You can also enroll via the web at

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My Student Billing Account

View/pay my bill: This function is now available in 1600grand.


  • Logon to Macalester’s 1600grand student portal
  • Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers work best with the software
  • Click on Money Matters
  • Click on View/Pay My Bills
  • Options:
    Click on View Activity / Make a Payment / Edit Profile Setup
    Click on Account Activity (at top of page) to Choose:
    Activity, Statements and more from the drop down menu

Note: Students must set up all authorized users. No one can do this for them.

Authorized User:  Students may authorize parents or other persons to become an authorized user.  An authorized user may view on-line billing information and make on-line payments.  You must be set up (instructions below) as an authorized user by your student to receive an email notification that your new eBill is ready to view. To view your student’s eBill statement, go to:

To Set up an Authorized User students must:

  • Logon to Macalester’s 1600grand student portal
  • Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox browsers work best with the software
  • Click on Money Matters
  • Below Student Billing Account/Information
  • Click on View/Pay My Bill
  • Below My Profile Setup (upper right corner)
    Note:  You must enroll in Two-Step Verification to make changes to your User Profile.
    Please proceed to Security Settings in My Profile to enroll.
  • Click on Authorized Users
  • Enter information as prompted.  The authorized user will receive an email with login information.
  • Authorized users must keep this login information on file to use each time they choose to log in.

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Payment Policies

Student Accounts Holds
Failure to pay outstanding charges by the established deadlines will result in a hold being placed on a student’s account. A hold could result in one or more of the following:

  • Validation Hold prohibits students from validating at the beginning of the semester.
  • Financial Hold prohibits students from receiving transcripts.
  • Exit Interview Hold is placed on students who need to complete an exit interview for Perkins and/or Institutional Loans
  • Diploma Hold prevents graduating seniors from receiving their diploma if they have a balance owing on their account

A financial hold will be removed from a student’s account when the unfulfilled financial obligation is satisfied.

Refund Check Policy
Refund checks are only created for students who have an actual credit on their account. See Credit Balance Refund Policy  for details.  Checks will not be created for anticipated credits. Refunds for credit balances created by financial aid will not be disbursed until after the first day of class for the appropriate semester. Refunds on student accounts are typically made for the following reasons:

  • Financial Aid is greater than the charges for the semester
  • Official withdrawal from the college

Students who need a credit balance refund should fill out a check request in the Student Accounts Office before 4:00 p.m. on Monday in order for the refund to be disbursed on that Friday. Students are encouraged to use the direct deposit option. Direct deposit gives them same day access to their funds.  Paper checks will be available for pick-up in the Student Accounts Office after 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Paper checks are made payable to the student only.

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Out of School Students

If you are a student who is no longer enrolled at Macalester and would like to make an online credit card payment, please contact:

Elmira Marshall
Student Accounts Office
Phone: 651-696-6161


Mary Johnson
Director of Student Accounts
Phone: 651-696-6560

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