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Your Gifts at Work: Financial Aid

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Gifts to Carleton enable academically talented students to attend Carleton, regardless of their ability to pay. For example: 

  • For the incoming Class of 2013, 287 members of the class are receiving more than $7.55 million in Carleton grants. Read more about efforts to increase Carleton's endowed financial aid.
  • Carleton students received $26 million in Carleton-sponsored aid for the 2008-09 academic year, with more than $9 million coming from endowed and current use scholarships created by donors.
  • Among the new scholarships awarded this fall is the Robert J. Owens ’66 Scholarship established in March with a generous gift from its namesake.
  • 121 international students from 32 countries attended Carleton last year, many with support from scholarships dedicated to enriching the intercultural experience on campus. Generous support from the Starr Foundation and the F. Keith Underbrink ’56 Endowed Fund for Global Initiatives has helped Carleton broaden access for the world’s brightest students from regions around the globe, a major initiative of Carleton’s campaign.
  • Since 2008, Carleton has awarded more than 150 Carleton Access Scholarships. The Access Scholarship program enables Carleton to provide even larger financial aid offers, resulting in lower or no loan obligations for students from families with incomes below $75,000.

Profile in Giving: Financial Aid


Many of our donors make a special commitment to financial aid, helping keep Carleton accessible to outstanding students from all economic backgrounds.

Thomas Yoder '70: "My parents paid my way at Carleton. I didn’t have to wash dishes or work at all. I’ve always thought that was one of the most wonderful things they ever did for me." Yoder's $1 million charitable gift annuity will eventually create the Philip Niles Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Read more about Yoder's gift in support of financial aid.