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U.S. Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

Colgate offers need-based financial aid and does not offer academic merit aid.
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 Colgate 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 institutional aid if the deadlines are not met.  (Students applying only for federal aid may simply 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.)

In general, the only financial aid application form Colgate initially requires of U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens* 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 use the "Explanations/Special Circumstances" section of the PROFILE to provide information about any special circumstances about which you feel the Office of Financial Aid should be aware. In many cases we are not initially able to take such circumstances into account; but with further documentation, such as might be requested during the course of a financial aid appeal, we are sometimes able to make adjustments.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any concerns.

Admitted students who are awarded aid and have decided to attend Colgate will also be asked to file, after payment of the enrollment deposit, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal aid programs such as loans and campus work-study, but at Colgate it is not needed for the initial aid estimate.  The same holds true for parent and student income tax returns, as discussed below.

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


The CSS PROFILE, an application widely used by many private colleges, is available online, beginning each year in early fall, at www.collegeboard.com/profile.  Please wait to submit your application until the correct year's form is available, selecting the school year for which you will be enrolling, so we can properly track your submission.  Consult the PROFILE instructions for the necessary fees (which are waived automatically by the College Board for eligible applicants).  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.

    Noncustodial PROFILE (if applicable)

Information must be provided by each living biological or adoptive parent.  If your biological or adoptive parents live apart and 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.

After Payment of the Enrollment Deposit

2) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA can be completed online at fafsa.ed.govBe sure to select the correct FAFSA application for your year of intended enrollment.  To complete the FAFSA you will need to have a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID will serve as your electronic signature.  For dependent students, at least one parent must also have an FSA ID.  If you need assistance with the log-in or ID-creation process, please call 1-800-433-3243.  Colgate's code for the FAFSA is 002701.

3) Income Tax Returns/W-2 Statements

If you enroll at Colgate and have been awarded institutional financial aid, you will be asked at a later date to submit tax returns and other forms through the College Board's IDOC service.  Please do not send tax returns until you are specifically requested to do so.  Once you've received your e-mail notification from the College Board, you may either upload or mail your documents directly to IDOC or visit idoc.collegeboard.org for more information about the submission process.  The required forms are:
  • A signed copy of the parents' most recent Federal Income Tax Return, including all schedules and W-2 forms; OR, if applicable, a Parent Non-Tax Filer's Statement, a link for which will be provided to you.
  • If applicable, a signed copy of the noncustodial parent's most recent Federal Income Tax Return, including all schedules and W-2 forms; 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 Federal Income Tax Return, including all schedules and W-2 forms; OR, if applicable, a Student Non-Tax Filer's Statement, a link for which will be provided to you.

Providing false information in order to obtain financial aid will result in the cancellation of any aid.

*Generally, you are an eligible noncitizen if you fall into one of the categories noted here.  If you are neither a citizen nor an eligible noncitizen, please visit the section of our website for first-year students who are Canadian Citizens or International (Non-Canadian) Citizens, as appropriate.