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Financial Aid for Current Students

Domestic students receiving financial aid must reapply annually in order to continue to be considered for assistance.
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Application Requirements

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Please note that, for the 2018-19 academic year, financial aid eligibility will be based on income information from tax year 2016.  Continuing students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile as soon as possible in order to meet the November 15th deadline.

Financial aid applications for current students will be reviewed beginning on November 1, 2017. All continuing students should be able to view their financial aid awards on their student portal by early June 2018, provided that all required financial aid applications and documents have been received. 

If there are significant changes in your family’s financial situation, please contact our office so that your change in circumstances can be taken into consideration when reviewing your financial aid eligibility.

CSS PROFILE (school code 2086)
  • Available online, October 1.
  • Eligible applicants will have the fee waived automatically
  • If your biological or adoptive parents live apart and are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other, each parent should submit a CSS PROFILE reflecting his/her household and financial situation.
FAFSA (school code 002701)
  • Available online, October 1.
  • Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) before completing the FAFSA.
  • If your biological or adoptive parents live apart and are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other, only your custodial parent needs to complete the FAFSA, reflecting only his/her household and financial situation.
  • Tips for completing the FAFSA can be found here.
Additional financial aid application requirements may be added if your application is selected for federal or institutional verification. Students should log onto the Colgate portal to confirm receipt of financial aid application requirements and submit all missing financial aid materials in a timely manner.

International Students, Including Undocumented and DACA Students

International students currently receiving financial aid do not need to reapply for aid annually. Financial aid eligibility will automatically be reviewed based upon the initial application filed prior to enrollment.

International students who become U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens during their enrollment will thereafter be treated as domestic students and must reapply for aid annually.

International students who did not receive Colgate aid upon admission are not eligible for aid in subsequent years.
Current Student Deadline
Domestic students November 15


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.