is there any financial aid?Answered
My son was admitted to Colgate. They don't offer merit scholarships and last I checked I didn't qualify for financial aid though the process is daunting. How do I go about enquiring about it? I and Ilya's grew up in Europe and are not familiar with the process.
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The process of applying for financial aid involves filling out a couple of online applications. First, all schools will require the FAFSA (https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa) for students who are US citizens or permanent residents (international students don't qualify for federal aid). Second, some private schools, including Colgate, require a secondary application called the CSS Profile (https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/) which is run by College Board. Both of these applications should take no more than a couple of hours; they require detailed financial information, but beyond that shouldn't be overly complicated.
If you did not fill these out in the fall/winter, it's likely past the deadlines for Colgate at this point, but financial aid offices will often be flexible with students who were unfamiliar with the process. You should go through the steps that @whynir mentioned to contact their financial aid office and ask if you can still fill these out, even if you don't think you qualify for financial aid. Once you get an offer back from them—even if that offer is for nothing—you can then appeal based on special circumstances. In any case, these are all conversations to have with their financial aid office.
Hiya! As with most colleges, Colgate has a page specifically for financial aid: (https://www.colgate.edu/admission-aid/financial-aid) You'll find a quick calculator that can estimate your demonstrated need, and if it estimates you are eligible to receive aid, there's also a link on the same page to apply for the aid (the process is a bit long... and I'm in the US so I don't know if it might be different for foreign students.) As always, you can email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (315-228-7401) the undergraduate office of admissions with any questions, although they might be slow to respond during this time due to COVID-19.
Hope you and your family are staying safe, and good luck :)
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