Is it hard to afford a private college like Carleton?
The Admissions Office:It's important not to get "sticker shock" when you start looking at colleges. The important number is the amount you will actually have to pay, not what the college costs--and there's often an enormous difference between the two. Carleton is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. So be sure you don't narrow your choices down until you know the true bottom-line cost to you and your family.
Carleton was the only one of my top-choice colleges to offer me any financial aid. They gave me enough aid to make coming here manageable. I was thrilled.