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Prospective First-year Students

Colgate awards need-based financial aid to eligible students. Academic merit scholarships are not offered.
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Application Requirements

Students will be considered for Colgate's need-based aid only when they apply for financial aid before an admission decision is made. Application requirements for need-based aid vary based on your citizenship.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

CSS PROFILE (school code 2086)
  • Available online, October 1.
  • Eligible applicants will have the fee waived automatically
  • After your PROFILE is processed the Noncustodial PROFILE will be requested if your biological or adoptive parents live apart and are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other.
FAFSA (school code 002701)
New York State Scholarships
Residents of New York State are encouraged to apply for the well known Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant to supplement the generous financial aid offered by Colgate. To apply for TAP, log onto tap.hesc.ny.gov, and include Colgate’s TAP code 0125.

In reviewing the details of the New York State Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) program, it was determined that the limitations and restrictions imposed upon students, including a strict residency requirement, outweigh the potential benefits. Consequently, Colgate University has opted out of participating in this program and, instead, will continue to award financial aid from other state, federal, and institutional resources.

Colgate is committed to ensuring quality education is affordable for all of our accepted students. Direct loans at Colgate are $1,000 to $2,000 less than the federal maximum allowed for first-year students, and the university has no post-graduation residency and work requirements, unlike the ETA program.

International Students, Including Undocumented and DACA Students

CSS PROFILE (school code 2086)
  • Available online, October 1.
  • Eligible applicants will have the fee waived automatically
  • After your PROFILE is processed the Noncustodial PROFILE will be requested if your biological or adoptive parents live apart and are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other.
International students who did not receive Colgate aid upon admission are not eligible for aid in subsequent years.
Additional financial aid application requirements may be added if your application is selected for federal or institutional verification. Students should log onto the Applicant Portal to confirm receipt of financial aid application requirements and submit all missing financial aid materials in a timely manner.
Prospective First-Year Student Deadlines
Early Decision I November 15
Early Decision II January 15
Regular Decision January 15


Early Decision

Financial aid application requirements are the same for both early decision and regular decision candidates; only the deadlines are different.

Applying for Early Decision does not impact eligibility to receive financial aid. Any regular decision or early decision candidate who applies for financial aid on time and demonstrates financial need will have their need met in full.

Financial Aid Policies and Procedures for Incoming Students

Colgate financial aid is awarded based on financial need; the university does not offer merit scholarships. Please read the policies that apply to your financial aid eligibility and financial aid award. FINANCIAL AID POLICIES

Applying for Federal Student 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 just 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.