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Financing Options

Monthly payment plans, loan programs, and pre-payment plans are just a few options open to all students, to help cover educational costs.
Often, it can be advantageous to seek professional financial advice regarding the tax advantages of various payment strategies.

A few of the financing options used by Colgate parents and students are described below.  To further assist you in planning, our website provides information regarding estimated costs.

Parent Resources

Colgate University monthly payment plans — available to all parents
Two monthly payment plans allow parents to make 10 monthly payments (June through March) toward college costs. There is a small processing fee. Payments may be arranged through either Tuition Management Systems (TMS) or the TouchNet billing site.  Information about both options will be provided to the families of all enrolled students.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan — available only to parents who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens
This federal loan enables parents to borrow directly from the Federal Government up to the cost of attendance minus any financial aid. Only one master promissory note is needed throughout the students' enrollment at Colgate. The interest rate for 2018-19 is fixed at 7.6%, and borrowers pay an origination fee of roughly 4% (Current-year interest rates on federal student loans). Repayment begins 60 days after loan disbursement and continues for up to 10 years. 

First, the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, should be submitted online. After that, parents may visit to begin the loan request process. For more information, you may visit our About Loans page or you may contact the Office of Financial Aid.
The Tuition Prepayment Plan — available only to parents of non-aided students
For those parents interested in stabilizing tuition charges during their child’s undergraduate enrollment, Colgate University has developed a prepayment option. The Tuition Prepayment Plan offers parents the opportunity to prepay tuition for two, three, or four years at the current rate of annual tuition set for the first year of participation in the plan, which protects families from probable future increases.

Participation is limited to parents of students who are in full-time attendance and are not receiving Colgate financial aid. (Plan participants may, however, apply for federal aid.) Only tuition charges are included. All other charges for fees, room, meals, etc., are payable as billed.

Specific details of this plan are available on the Office of Student Accounts website.
The Tuition Refund Plan — available to all parents
This plan provides refunds of tuition in the event of withdrawal due to medical or emotional reasons, in accordance with the terms set forth by the contract. Information is sent to parents annually by A.W.G. Dewar, Inc., (617-774-1555), the insuring company.

Specific details of this plan may be obtained by contacting the Office of Student Accounts at 315-228-7421 or by e-mail at

Student Resources

Federal Direct Loans — available only to students who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens
Federal Direct Loans are available to undergraduate students, regardless of family income, for up to $5,500 for the first year of school, $6,500 for the second year, and $7,500 for the third and fourth years. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 in a federal direct unsubsidized loan in an academic year. Some undergraduate students may be eligible to borrow through the subsidized portion of the Federal Direct Loan program, in which no interest accrues while the student is enrolled at least half time. However, at least $2,000 of each of these amounts can be offered only through the unsubsidized portion of the program.

The 2018-19 interest rate is fixed at 5.05% for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans for undergraduate students. The 2018-19 interest rate for unsubsidized loans for graduate students is fixed at 6.6%. In the unsubsidized portion of the program, interest accrues while the student is in school and may be paid or capitalized. In both portions of the program borrowers pay an origination fee of roughly 1%. Colgate will always award as much subsidized loan as possible before awarding unsubsidized loan; however, in some cases the student is eligible for an unsubsidized loan only.

Students wishing to request a Federal Direct Loan should first submit the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid online.  They should then contact the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment to indicated how much they wish to borrow, within the annual limits noted above.

For further information, you may visit our About Loans page or you may contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Campus employment — available to all students
Campus employment provides another opportunity for students to contribute toward their educational costs. While students with a work-study award in their aid package receive priority in hiring, a number of jobs are open to all students. More than half of the students who work on campus are not aid recipients.

More information about student employment can be found here.