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Macalester College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$54,469 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,472 tuition
$9,726 on campus room & board
$1,050 books
$221 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$54,469 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$43,472 tuition
$9,726 on campus room & board
$1,050 books
$221 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$28,197 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
80% of students receive aid
18% get federal aid ($5,298 avg)
6% get state aid ($3,611 avg)
74% get institn'l aid ($28,197 avg)
60% get loans ($5,817 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.60% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.60% 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 $29,760 74%
Federal Grant Aid $5,298 18%
Pell Grants $4,191 18%
Other Federal Grants $3,000 6%
Institution Grant Aid $28,197 74%
State Grant Aid $3,611 6%
Student Loans $5,817 60%
Federal Loans $5,355 53%
Other Loans $5,610 12%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 8
Financial aid deadline: February 8
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: May 15
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Macalester College offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1899
(651) 696-6000
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,359
Out of State $1,359


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 4
  • Christina from Minneapolis, MN
  • Nov-21-2013 I am a past student here

    The education and professors are of the utmost quality. The facilities for sports and art are wonderful, and always being improved. I haven't spent much time on a lot of other campuses, but I think that in order to GET the bang out of the buck, you really have to use what the college offers in terms of academic support, activities, clubs, etc.

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  • Sarah
  • Jun-20-2013 I am a past student here

    Private school can cost a lot (usually in the form of loans) but Macalester is committed to meeting the financial need of all its students, so for low-income folks, it can be a good deal. It's a great school academically, but not necessarily the path to the highest paid positions.

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  • 5
  • Rowan from Finlayson, MN
  • Nov-23-2012 I am a current student here

    If you need the money, Macalester will give it to you. We are one of the few colleges that give 100% aid based on your need, but don't figure that need into the application process. Mac is not only worth it academically, but the social experience you will receive here is something you'd have a hard time finding somewhere else. Though, again, Mac is really not that expensive if you can't afford it to be. A lot of my friends going to community college are paying WAY more than I am paying at Mac.

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