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Carleton College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$56,749 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$44,184 tuition
$11,553 on campus room & board
$751 books
$261 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$56,749 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$44,184 tuition
$11,553 on campus room & board
$751 books
$261 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$24,646 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
79% of students receive aid
14% get federal aid ($5,981 avg)
6% get state aid ($3,744 avg)
59% get institn'l aid ($24,646 avg)
45% get loans ($4,815 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.81% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.81% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $26,419 59%
Federal Grant Aid $5,981 14%
Pell Grants $3,965 14%
Other Federal Grants $2,805 10%
Institution Grant Aid $24,646 59%
State Grant Aid $3,744 6%
Student Loans $4,815 45%
Federal Loans $4,329 45%
Other Loans $10,776 2%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 15
Financial aid deadline: February 15
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: May 15
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: June 1
Does Carleton College offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057-4001
(507) 222-4000


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Katherine from Ann Arbor, MI
  • Dec-23-2014 I am a current student here

    The sticker price is definitely high, but the value is worth it. Besides, the financial aid is pretty good. They also guarantee money for National Merit Finalists.

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  • 4
  • Anthony from Haslet, TX
  • May-31-2014 I am a current student here

    The tuition, 60,000 for 2014-15, is a bit steep. But they do provide scholarships and the education is beyond measure.

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  • 4
  • Devin from Northfield, MN
  • Jun-27-2013 I am a current student here

    Its a great community, education and environment, but I feel that tuition is a bit high. While they do have financial aid it is hard to justify this kind of tuition despite reputation.

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  • 3
  • Devin from Omaha, NE
  • Jun-13-2012 I am a current student here

    They meet all of my determined financial need, but still the school is expensive to attend. I feel the board is a little steep considering the quality of the food, but it is not detrimental to my decision to return. Also I have built fantastic relationships with professors, but it isn't until you reach the higher level courses that you get the small class sizes that allows the intimate settings with students and professors.

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