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.
Financial aid was a really big factor. I come from a low-income household. My parents are immigrants from Ethiopia, been here a little over 20 years now. I couldn’t afford other colleges, so I’m really glad that Carleton can (give aid) to students who can’t afford it but value a liberal arts college education.