Eligibility for federal student aid such as Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and Federal Work Study, is determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Institutional aid eligibility (for Colgate Grant and Colgate Work Study) is determined by the CSS PROFILE.
Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance
at Colgate University and the expected family contribution. The expected family contribution is calculated by taking into account your family's financial circumstances such as income, assets, the number of siblings enrolled in programs leading to a first undergraduate degree, and the cost of a sibling's educational program, if less than Colgate's costs.
Students are automatically considered for all sources of financial aid, including federal, state, and institutional grants, loans, and employment. The composition of an aid award depends on several factors, including the extent of a student's financial need, eligibility for other aid resources, the availability of funds, and the date of application.
Need-based financial aid awarded by Colgate is considered supplemental to the resources of the family, including the student, and aid received from other sources. Colgate University does not offer financial assistance based on students having voluntarily declared themselves independent of their parents, nor are we able to offer additional assistance if parents are unwilling to support their child at Colgate. It is anticipated that a student who matriculated as a dependent student will remain dependent for financial aid purposes throughout his/her enrollment at Colgate.
Colgate grant assistance is awarded for full-time study and is limited to a maximum of eight terms of enrollment for students who matriculate as first-year students, regardless of whether or not they were aid recipients in any given term. Courses transferred to complete Colgate degree requirements will reduce this eligibility.