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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Macalester College is $52,234 for the 2017/2018 academic year. This is 88% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $27,755. Macalester College is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 35th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 145% more expensive than the average Minnesota tuition of $21,305 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 58th in Minnesota amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 2nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $230 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $52,464.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,672 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Saint Paul should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,145.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $999 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $0 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Macalester College was $66,280 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Minnesota residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Macalester College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Macalester College
Estimated Budgets
Minnesota Resident Total Budget $66,280
   In-State Tuition$52,234
   Other Fees$230
   Room and Board$11,672
   On-Campus Other Budget$999
   Books and Supplies$1,145
Non-Resident Total Budget $66,280
   Out-of-State Tuition$52,234
   Other Fees$230
   Room and Board$11,672
   On-Campus Other Budget$999
   Books and Supplies$1,145


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $66,280 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Macalester College net price for in-state students is $27,999* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

75% of Macalester College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $29,479. 16 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $3,752. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Macalester College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Macalester College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$27,999*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid75%
Average Total Grant Aid$29,479
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants16%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,752

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$16,041
$30,001 to $48,000$15,447
$48,001 to $75,000$18,833
$75,001 to $110,000$24,111

Average Financial Aid Mix - $66,280 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $66,280. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 45% - $29,479

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Macalester College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 8% - $5,323

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 47% -  $30,479

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Macalester College is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 94/100 for Macalester College. Considering an average net price paid of $22,376, this leads to an overall value ranking of 70/100. This places the school 108th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Macalester College
Carleton College0.5% more expensive
St Olaf College11.9% less expensive
Grinnell College4.3% less expensive
Northwestern University0% more expensive
University of Notre Dame2.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Macalester College.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Macalester College is $265,120 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $22,376 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $89,504**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $331,400 or $111,880 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Macalester College.

Minnesota Resident Tuition Per Semester$26,117
Minnesota Resident Total Cost Per Semester$33,140

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Macalester College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Macalester College
Price per credit hour$1,632
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$4,896
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$6,528


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 45% of Macalester College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,323. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $21,939.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Macalester College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $89,504, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $111,053.94. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Macalester College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 75% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $22,376. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Macalester College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Macalester College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$925.45
Amount Borrowed$89,504.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$21,549.94
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$111,053.94

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Macalester College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Macalester College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $111,053.94 would be needed to afford a $925.45 monthly payment in the example $89,504.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Macalester College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $43,472 to $52,234. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $265,120.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Macalester College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$91,150$364,602
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$116,334$465,335
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $148,474$593,898
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $171,878$687,511

Tuition History

What was tuition at Macalester College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Macalester College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 15 34% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 14 61% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 14 55% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 13 62% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 51% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 8 48% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 36% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 6 79% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 6 60% costlier
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 66% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 25% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 4 65% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 3 59% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 26% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 3 47% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 3 62% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 26% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 64% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 3 54% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 51% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 2 80% costlier
Creative Writing Bachelor's Degree 2 44% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 39% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 27% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 41% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 54% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 64% costlier
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 55% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 56% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 44% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 35% costlier
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 58% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 60% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 40% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 1 47% costlier


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About Macalester College

Macalester College is a four year private college located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) faith.  Full time enrollment is 2,108 and part time is 38.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Macalester College
1600 Grand Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Macalester College is a private not for profit institution.

Macalester College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=173902 IPEDS survey data.