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Financial Aid

Committed to making your education affordable
Colgate meets 100 percent of all admitted students' demonstrated financial need. Through this investment we support access to quality education for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Applying for Aid

Prospective students will be considered for Colgate’s need-based aid only when they apply for financial aid before an admission decision is made.
For US citizens and permanent residents, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only form required to apply for federal grants, loans, and work study. An additional application is required to apply for financial aid from Colgate.

Net Price Calculator

Domestic prospective students may learn more about the aid for which they may be eligible by using the net price calculator.


Applicant Portal

Applicants receive access to the portal after submitting the admission application. Log in to check the status of your financial requirements.


An Average Award
An Average Award
An average financial aid award — $52,075 — comprises:
  • Colgate grant: $46,775
  • Campus job: $2,800
  • Student loan: $2,500


Meeting Your Need
Meeting Your Need
We meet 100% of accepted students' demonstrated need with a combination of grants, part-time employment, and a modest student loan.
First-Year Award Recipients
First-Year Award Recipients
In the Class of 2021, 41% of students receive financial aid.
Minimize Debt
Minimize Debt
The average four-year debt for Colgate students is only $15,500.
Colgate is committed to ensuring quality education is affordable for all of our accepted students.

While the university supports efforts to improve access to higher education, for the vast majority of aid recipients, the Colgate financial aid program is far more generous than the Excelsior Scholarship, as we cover room and board, and study abroad, which are left out of the state plan. In addition, Colgate meets 100 percent of a family’s demonstrated need.


Prospective First-Year Student Deadlines
Early Decision I November 15
Early Decision II January 15
Regular Decision January 15
Transfer Student Deadlines
Transfer (spring) November 1
Transfer (fall) March 15
Current Student Deadline
Domestic students November 15

We Are Here to Help

Contact us with questions or concerns about the financial aid application process.