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Prospective First-year Students

During the first year of enrollment, Colgate financial aid is provided only to students who have demonstrated need and apply for assistance before an admission decision is made.

Applying for Colgate Financial Aid

Students seeking need-based, institutional financial aid for their first year at Colgate need to apply for aid at the same time they apply for admission, as Colgate notifies students about the admission and financial aid decisions at the same time. 

There are different application procedures to be followed based upon a student's citizenship:

United States citizens and eligible noncitizens

Canadian citizens
International (non-Canadian) citizens


Early Decision I -- November 15
Early Decision II -- January 15
Regular Decision -- January 15

Early Decision

Application requirements are the same for early decision candidates as they are for regular decision candidates -- only the application deadlines are different (see Deadlines, above). 

Applying for Early Decision does not hurt your chances for financial aid.  As with the regular decision financial aid process, students admitted under ED who apply for aid on time and demonstrate financial need will have their need met in full. 

Although Early Decision is considered a binding agreement between an admitted student and Colgate, as would be the case for any other admitted student, early decision applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid if they have any questions on concerns about a family contribution that's been assessed or about an aid award that's been offered.  It is essential that concerns be addressed before the enrollment deposit is paid.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Colgate participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a component of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Eligible military veterans can learn more at the GI Bill website.  Please note that veterans must be entitled to the maximum benefit rate in order to be -- or to have their dependents be -- considered for this program.  Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For questions regarding Colgate's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is reviewed annually, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

To calculate a student's potential non-Yellow Ribbon GI benefits, which can potentially be transferred to a veteran's dependent through a transfer of benefits application made to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America website or the VA's GI Bill Benefits Comparison Tool.

Questions about veterans' benefits may be directed either to the nearest VA regional benefits office or to the Office of Financial Aid.

Applying for Federal Aid Only

Domestic students applying only for federal student aid need not meet the deadlines noted above, and need not submit the CSS PROFILE.  They may instead submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at any time during, or in the months immediately preceding, the academic year for which they are seeking federal assistance.