Student Financial Services
Carleton's tradition of extending educational opportunities to academically qualified students and meeting their financial need is based on a deep commitment to the belief that a true liberal arts education exposes students to varying backgrounds and points of view outside, as well as inside, the classroom. For this reason, and the more pragmatic one that many parents cannot afford the cost of education today, Carleton encourages high school students to apply for admission without regard to their financial circumstances. The basic philosophy underlying the student financial aid program at Carleton is that families have the primary responsibility to finance their children's education to the extent that they are able. When a family cannot afford our costs, Carleton is committed to meeting a student's need with various types of aid for all those admitted, for all four years.
- Information on Carleton's financial aid philosophy and policies along with contact information for the office and staff.
- Information for prospective students about the financial aid process along with tips, forms, and useful links.
- If you're a returning student, this is where you'll find instructions, tips, forms and useful links to help you through the process to reapply for your financial aid.
- Information on how Carleton determines a family's financial need and the expected family contribution along with examples.
- How to interpret your award letter, what type of aid is available at Carleton College and guidelines for appealing your aid package.
- Details on Carleton's comprehensive fee, which includes tuition , room, board, and the student activity fee.
- Information for students and parents about the loan programs offered at Carleton.
- Information, forms, and online postings for students interested in student employment.
- Links to exit loan counseling for Federal Stafford Loans, SELF Loans and Perkins Loans.
- Links to other outside resources offering information about scholarships searches, general financial aid help, loan consolidation, Hope/Lifetime Learning tax benefits, and 529 Plans.
- A list of frequently asked questions about financial aid at Carleton.