Unless the Office of Financial Aid informs you otherwise, the requirements for students applying for Colgate aid are as follows:
1) CSS Profile
The CSS Profile should be completed and submitted online at www.collegeboard.com/profile
. The submission deadline is April 1
. If you completed the PROFILE electronically last year, your user ID and password will be valid for this year’s application as well. Colgate’s code for the PROFILE is 2086
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.
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.
2) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is completed and submitted online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
, after January 1 and before April 1
. Colgate's code for the FAFSA is 002701
Be sure to select the FAFSA application for the correct year of enrollment -- the dates should match your anticipated dates of attendance. 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.
When reporting income on the FAFSA, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) if at all possible. The DRT will work only if an eligible tax return has already been submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Before attempting to use the DRT, please wait 1-2 weeks after submission to the IRS of an electronically filed return, or 6-8 weeks after submission of a paper return. If the DRT is not
used, we may need to ask you for an additional tax form at a later date, which could delay the availability of your aid.
3) Tax returns
Students and parent(s) are required by April 1
to submit current tax documents to the College Board's IDOC imaging service. (Please be aware: for 2015-16 there are new IDOC submission instructions and a new electronic submission option.)
Once you have submitted the PROFILE, the College Board will contact you with IDOC instructions. Should you misplace the IDOC notification, please visit idoc.collegeboard.org
for further information. The following documents are required to be submitted:
- A signed copy of parent(s)'s 2014 Federal Income Tax Return(s), including all schedules and W-2 forms; OR, if applicable, a 2014 Parent Non-Tax Filer's Statement, found here.
- If applicable, a signed copy of the noncustodial parent's 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, including all schedules and W-2 forms; OR, if applicable, a 2014 Parent Non-Tax Filer's Statement, found here.
- A signed copy of student’s 2014 Federal Income Tax Return, including all schedules and W-2 forms; OR, if applicable, a 2014 Student Non-Tax Filer's Statement, found here.
For questions about IDOC submissions, please contact IDOC Customer Service at 305-420-3688.
4) Other items as required
In certain cases additional information or documentation may be required -- by Colgate or by federal or state governments -- in order to verify eligibility for financial aid. If additional information is required, you will be contacted directly by the Office of Financial Aid
Your financial aid application will only be reviewed once all required documents have been received. Providing false information in order to obtain financial aid will result in the cancellation of any aid.
Please note that domestic students applying only
student aid need not meet the above deadlines, and need not submit the profile. They may instead 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. * 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 our webpages for returning students who are Canadian Citizens or International (Non-Canadian) Citizens.