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Canadian Citizens

Colgate offers need-based financial aid and does not offer academic merit aid.
Colgate financial aid is available on a limited basis to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. We anticipate that each year only a relatively small and highly qualified group of international students will be offered financial aid. While competition for international student financial aid is strong, we are committed to maintaining and expanding our global campus community.

Because Colgate notifies students of its admission and financial aid decisions at the same time, institutional aid is provided only to those first-year students who have demonstrated need and apply for assistance before an admission decision is made; and aid applicants can be considered for admission only when both their admission and aid applications are complete. Therefore, if you are applying for aid it is important to send the required financial aid application materials by the appropriate deadlines. Colgate cannot guarantee that an otherwise-qualified applicant will receive financial aid if the deadlines are not met.

In general, the only financial aid application form Colgate requires of its applicants is the Financial Aid PROFILE, which is submitted online through the College Scholarship Service (CSS). Applicants will be able to complete one application form and have it sent to multiple, participating colleges and universities. For additional information, please see the section labeled "Application Requirements" below.

If a completed tax return is not available by the time of the application deadline, the PROFILE should be submitted using estimates based on the most recent pay stubs and/or financial statements you have on hand. Please do not delay your financial aid application beyond the deadline because you are waiting to complete your tax returns.

Please note that Canadian students are not eligible for the U.S. federal student loans we routinely offer to our domestic students.  However, it's our understanding that many Canadian students are eligible for loan assistance in Canada.  Thus, the aid awards of Canadian students will generally include a "gap" equal to the amount of the loan we would ordinarily offer to a U.S. student of the same graduation year.  Students who learn they are not eligible for Canadian borrowing and have concerns about otherwise covering that portion of their educational expenses may contact the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment to discuss options.

Any questions regarding the financial aid application process should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colgate.edu.

Application Requirements

Prior to Admission

1) CSS PROFILE Application

The CSS PROFILE, a universal application widely used by many private colleges, is available online, beginning each year in early fall, at www.collegeboard.com/profile.  Consult the PROFILE instructions for the necessary fees, and be sure you are selecting the correct school year for which you will be enrolling.  Please wait to submit your application until the correct year's form is available, so we can properly track your submission.  When asked, you should list Colgate, code 2086, on the PROFILE so we will be able to access your application.  Please be aware that because of annual software updates we may not be able to receive your submitted data until December 1.  Early applicants need not be concerned about this delay so long as the acknowledgment from the College Board indicates that Colgate will be among the colleges to receive the application.  Students with questions about the PROFILE requirement should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colgate.edu.

     Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable)

Information must be provided by each living biological or adoptive parent.  If your biological or adoptive parents are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other, then the custodial parent (i.e., the parent with whom you more often reside) completes the PROFILE, and the noncustodial parent completes the Noncustodial PROFILE.  The Noncustodial PROFILE process begins after completion of the custodial parent's PROFILE.  Filing instructions will be provided by CSS electronically.  Students with questions about the Noncustodial PROFILE requirement should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colgate.edu.


After Payment of the Enrollment Deposit

2) Income Tax Returns

If you are awarded financial aid and you enroll at Colgate University, you will be asked at a later date to submit tax returns and other forms to the College Board IDOC service.  Please do not send tax returns until you are specifically requested to do so.  This submission must be accompanied by a Cover Sheet that will be sent to you by the College Board.  If you misplace your Cover Sheet, you can print a copy from http://idoc.collegeboard.com.  The required forms are:
  • A signed copy of the parents' most recent Canadian income tax return, including all attachments; OR, if applicable, a Parent Non-Tax Filer's Statement, a link for which will be provided to you. 
  • If applicable, a copy of the noncustodial parent's most recent Canadian income tax return, including all attachments; OR, if applicable, a Parent Non-Tax Filer's Statement, a link for which will be provided to you. 
  • A signed copy of the student’s most recent Canadian income tax return, including all attachments; OR, if applicable, a Student Non-Tax Filer's Statement, a link for which will be provided to you.
3) Documentation of Resources

In preparation for submission of an I-20 form (part of your visa application), you will be required to submit -- sometime after payment of your enrollment deposit -- documentation that you have sufficient resources to meet those educational expenses not covered by financial aid.

Canadian  citizens not applying, or not eligible, for financial aid will also be required to submit documentation of their resources in order that Colgate can prepare the I-20 form.  Such students will be contacted about this requirement after payment of the enrollment deposit.