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Carleton College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$64,893 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$50,580 tuition
$13,197 on campus room & board
$822 books and supplies
$294 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$64,893 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$50,580 tuition
$13,197 on campus room & board
$822 books and supplies
$294 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$33,750 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
78% of students receive aid
16% get federal aid ($6,363 avg)
5% get state aid ($4,392 avg)
59% get institn'l aid ($33,750 avg)
45% get loans ($4,689 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 3.29% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.29% 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 $35,833 59%
Federal Grant Aid $6,363 16%
Pell Grants $4,796 16%
Other Federal Grants $2,948 9%
Institution Grant Aid $33,750 59%
State Grant Aid $4,392 5%
Student Loans $4,689 45%
Federal Loans $4,238 43%
Other Loans $7,552 4%

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
Costs Per Credit Hour
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Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Marie from Minneapolis, MN
  • Aug-23-2017 I am a past student here

    Carleton is expensive. However, they do a good job at meeting financial needs. One of the very best things about Carleton is that after you figure out your tuition/financial aid, literally everything else is free. This means that you are never left out of activities or events because you can't afford them. Carleton hosts free events, concerts, and off-campus trips constantly.

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  • 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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