The Colgate Commitment

The Colgate Commitment marks a milestone in the University’s progress to make a Colgate education affordable to as many talented, high-achieving students as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic background.


For eligible students, beginning fall 2021, this comprehensive financial aid initiative will:

  • eliminate tuition,
  • significantly reduce student debt, and
  • adjust tuition based on the family's income levels.

The Composition of Colgate’s Commitment

Full Tuition Support

Students with an annual family income of $80,000 or less will attend Colgate tuition-free.

Aligning Income and Tuition Costs

Students with annual family income levels between $80,000 and $150,000 will pay a percentage of annual income toward tuition.

Expanding the No-Loan Initiative

Students with annual family income levels up to $150,000, an increase from $125,000, will have their federal loans replaced with grants.

Colgate’s Commitment by Annual Family Income

Books, pencils, and a waterbottle.
$80,000 or less
  • Tuition-free
  • No-loan eligible
Books and pencils.
  • 5% of income toward tuition, on average
  • No-loan eligible
Books and a pencil.
  • 10% of income toward tuition, on average
  • No-loan eligible
A book and a pencil.
$150,000 or more
  • The University continues to meet 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students.

In Their Own Words

Students and alumni share how Colgate’s financial support impacted their lives.

Lizeth in her cap and gown at her high school graduation holding a Colgate pennant.

Lizeth Mora Guerrero ’24

“I'm motivated to use the education Colgate is providing me with and...”

A portrait of Noah.

Noah Bernstein ’20

“Having a college degree without debt gives me the flexibility to...”

A portrait of Janisa.

Janisa Middleton ’22

“The financial aid package that I received from Colgate was a major contributor to my...”