Affording a St. Olaf Education

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We meet the need of EVERY student.

St. Olaf College is committed to meeting the demonstrated need of all admitted students.
Use our quick cost estimator tool to estimate your eligibility for need-based scholarships. An education at St. Olaf is more affordable than you think.
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Overall cost of attendance: $65,010

Tuition: $51,450
Housing and meal plan: $11,660
Estimated expenses (books, personal): $1,900
98% of students receive scholarships or grants

2020-2021 Academic Year


of students receive need based financial aid


Average first year need-based financial aid award


of students receive a merit scholarship

Watch: Financial Aid - What You Need to Know

What you need to know about all St. Olaf offers to provide financial aid to students.



St. Olaf offers merit scholarships in academics, the fine arts, and service leadership. We also participate in the academic scholarship programs of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

While we offer scholarships in academics, the arts, and community engagement, as a member or the National Collegiate Athletic Association – Division III, we do not offer athletic scholarships. Athletes are welcome to seek other merit scholarships for which they qualify.

Merit Scholarships