Welcome to Financial Aid

Carleton’s Student Financial Services Office is Still Available!

Carleton continues to follow the Minnesota Department of Health guideline’s asking employees in the state to limit their time in the workplace to reduce the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  On the days when a Student Financial Services Office staff member is not physically in the office, they are working remotely and are still able to help Carleton students and their families.

The best way to contact Student Financial Services is by emailing financialaid@carleton.edu. But you may also call the office at 507-222-4138 or text 507-649-9000. Texts will be responded to during normal business hours. Please contact the office with any questions or concerns. However understand during this time it may take a little longer than normal for us to respond. 

Our goal is to still be available to help families during this critical time.


See Carleton’s Responding to COVID-19 website for more detailed information about campus plans for the coming year.


We are aware that families may have been impacted by the COVID-19 economic fallout. If you believe your family’s ability to contribute to college expenses has been significantly affected, you may want to contact the Student Financial Services Office. You can also review the Financial Aid Review page for more information and forms to help you in your request.

We are committed to helping all families afford Carleton during these difficult times.

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.