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St Olaf College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$56,030 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$44,180 tuition
$10,850 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$56,030 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$44,180 tuition
$10,850 on campus room & board
$1,000 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$25,695 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
94% of students receive aid
17% get federal aid ($5,534 avg)
12% get state aid ($4,936 avg)
92% get institn'l aid ($25,695 avg)
56% get loans ($6,074 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 2.77% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 2.77% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $27,346 92%
Federal Grant Aid $5,534 17%
Pell Grants $4,368 17%
Other Federal Grants $2,828 7%
Institution Grant Aid $25,695 92%
State Grant Aid $4,936 12%
Student Loans $6,074 56%
Federal Loans $4,814 51%
Other Loans $10,804 10%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$2,000 - $12,000 Y Y N
$2,000 Y N N N
$2,000 - $10,000 Y Y
$10,000 - $25,000 Y
- Y Y Y
$5,000 - $15,000 N N Y N
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: February 1
Financial aid deadline: February 1
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: March 22
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does St Olaf College offer...
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
1520 St Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
(507) 786-3025
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,381
Out of State $1,381


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 3
  • Johanna from Longmont, CO
  • I am a current student here

    It's too expensive for what you get. Classes are so demanding that it's hard to maintain a sleep schedule and social life; almost no off campus housing; expensive food & drink at the Cage; bookstore now run by Barnes & Noble.

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  • 4
  • Robert from Ferndale, WA
  • I am a current student here

    It's not a cheap school, but you get a lot out of it. In-state is more manageable, too, but either way there is a lot of upside to attending school here. Being here is a blast, it's 4 years I'm excited to spend at St. Olaf, and then afterwards you enter a job market with a degree from St. Olaf. Doesn't get much better than that.

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  • Angela from Chanhassen, MN
  • I am a current student here

    Tuition can be very expensive, however, most Oles are on a scholarship or financial aid of some sort which can make it a lot more manageable. The quality of education is very high and our facilities are top notch which makes the high cost more justifiable.

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  • 5
  • Ava from Wisconsin
  • I am a current student here

    St. Olaf is pretty expensive if you just look at the numbers. I work three jobs to help my parents pay for my tuition but I enjoy working that much and that hard because I love being a student at Olaf so incredibly much! The professors are one of a kind and with the post-graduation opportunities that we are provided I know that I will be successful and that my education here will be worth the money.

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