Balancing Access and Excellence

Macalester’s commitment to access is an essential part of its mission and history, and we carefully craft our financial aid philosophy to connect to our values:

  • Macalester meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.
  • Fall 2017 U.S. first-year students receiving need-based financial aid: 70%
  • Average need-based financial aid package in fall 2017: $47,908
  • Financial aid is structured to encourage students to study away by allowing them to use their financial aid for study abroad programs.

During the last decade, as the cost of college has become a greater concern, we’ve sharpened our focus on balancing access and excellence.

Macalester alumni, parents, and friends have continued to support financial aid through the Macalester Fund and in the ongoing Macalester Moment campaign, where the Macalester community is donating $40 million dedicated to financial aid. This is the time to make sure quality and excellence continue in tandem. Your support makes an impact for Macalester students now—and far into the future.