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Affording Carleton

  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    Is it hard to afford a private college like Carleton? The Admissions Office says:
    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.
  • Asim Manizada '13
    My family and I are and will be forever grateful to Carleton for what the school did for us. The college is really dedicated to providing education to people of all socio-economic backgrounds, and I think this was reflected in my financial aid award.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    The Admissions Office says:
    Most Carleton financial aid is in the form of need-based aid. However, Carleton participates in three merit scholarship programs: the National Merit Scholarship Program, the National Achievement Scholarship Program, and the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Students who are finalists in these programs are eligible for Carleton scholarships of $2,000 per year.
  • Sam Chao '16
    Financial aid was a big factor in my college decision. Because I plan on going to graduate school, I didn't want to accumulate a lot of student loans just in my undergraduate years. I hoped to go to a school that would offer me as much financial aid as possible. And it turned out that Carleton offered the best financial aid packages out of the 14 schools I applied to.
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    What is the percentage of students that are offered scholarships through Carleton college, and what is the average scholarship? The Admissions Office says:

    Carleton's financial aid is primarily need-based. This means that we try to meet 100% of demonstrated need for every student through a variety of sources, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. Those scholarships that are included in a student's financial aid package are typically not merit-based. That is, students are granted scholarships to meet demonstrated need, not to reward them for past achievements. More about Carleton financial aid.

  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    As an international student, am I eligible for Financial Aid? The Admissions Office says:
    International students are not eligible for federal aid. However, Carleton works to meet 100% of every student's demonstrated financial need. We do accept a few international students every year whose financial need is met through a combination of grants, scholarships, and loans. Learn more about financial aid for international students.
  • Emily Balczewski '16
    Carleton worked with me and my parents to come up with tuition aid that matched our personal circumstance, and not that was spat out of a calculator; it meant a lot that they were willing to listen to our story and not just the numbers!
  • Johnson House (Admissions)
    Do I still get as much financial aid if I am a transfer student? The Admissions Office says:
    Carleton's financial aid is primarily need-based. This means that we try to meet 100% of demonstrated need for every student, regardless of entry status. Financial aid is recalculated each year and is based on a family's current financial status (as shown on FAFSA and CSS Profile forms). Your demonstrated capacity to contribute is the only factor used to determine how much and what kind of aid you will receive.
  • Sara Hooker '13
    Financial aid was a critical factor in enabling me to attend. Carleton provided both the most generous package as well as the most well thought out aid. Through my financial aid package, for example, I have one round trip ticket home, so that I can see my family as an international student.