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Students must re-apply for financial aid each year so that annual aid offers reflect families' more current financial circumstances. Students who do not complete an aid application for Colby institutional aid prior to admission will not be considered for College grant assistance for two award years, unless there have been substantial changes to family financial circumstances which were unexpected and unavoidable. This would not include changes which should have been anticipated such as an additional child enrolled in college, nor does it include employment changes which were discretionary choices. A written explanation of the change is required as part of the application. This two-year waiting period applies to Colby institutional financial aid only. Students who are eligible and wish to apply for U.S. federal financial aid can do so each year whether or not they did so prior to admission. Please call SFS at 1-800-723-4033 if you have any questions.
Applying for U.S. Federal Financial Aid - U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens who are eligible and wish to apply for federal financial aid (Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loan, Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, PLUS Loan), must complete the FAFSA which is free on the FAFSA website. Please don't go to other sites requiring payment or pay someone to complete the FAFSA for you. The U.S. Department of Education strongly recommends students and their families use FAFSA on the web as this is the easiest and most accurate way to apply. You will be guided through the form, helping to ensure that it is completed accurately.
Federal Verification - When students submit a FAFSA, the Central Processing System selects some applications to be verified. There have been significant changes to verification requirements in recent years. Students are reminded to monitor their Colby e-mail account regularly as that is the official means of communication employed by our office to contact students. Students selected for federal verification will receive an e-mail from our office with instructions if additional information is required . This can vary from student to student. Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding this process.
U.S. Citizens* - Applying for Colby Institutional Financial Aid - Required Documents and Deadlines
*Dual-citizens and permanent residents can check with Student Financial Services to confirm whether the CSS Profile or International Student Financial Aid Application will be required.
**This April 30th deadline is for students applying for Colby institutional financial aid. If the student resides in Connecticut and is eligible for a state scholarship, the FAFSA deadline is February 15, 2014. If the student resides in Rhode Island and qualifies for a state scholarship, the FAFSA deadline is March 1, 2014. Colby does not replace grant or scholarships that a student doesn't receive due to a late application.
***These are standard forms/documents. Additional information may be requested when reviewing the application.
Canadian Students - Applying for Colby Institutional Financial Aid - Required Documents and Deadlines
International Students - Applying for Colby Institutional Financial Aid - Required Documents and Deadlines
*These are standard forms and documents. Additional information may be requested when reviewing the application.
Applications are reviewed in the order in which the application becomes complete. Historically, files are reviewed approximately 2-3 months after the application is completed. When the aid eligibility has been calculated, students may view their 'Financial Aid Award' under the 'Finances' tab of their myColby Portal. Applications not complete by July 11, 2014, may be subject to an institutional grant reduction of up to $2,000; this is true even if the student doesn't plan to enroll until the spring semester.
If a family wishes to request a review of our analysis due to a substantial change in their financial situation, they should call 1-800-723-4033 or e-mail email@example.com to obtain the proper form and instructions. Student Financial Services focuses on initial awards through the month of July to ensure families who have completed their application timely will receive awards before the start of the school year. We gradually shift our attention to requests for review in August. We appreciate your patience as we strive to give each application a thorough analysis . If the review has not been completed, we ask the family to pay at least one-half of the previous year's family contribution before the first day of classes.
Aid funds (all grants and loans) will be finalized (credited to the semester's charges) no earlier than 10 days prior to the first day of classes for the fall and spring term.
For information about financial aid or student loan scams, click here.
Borrower Self-Certification Form for Private Loans
In accordance with Section 155 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, (HEA) and to satisfy the requirements of Section 128(e)(3) of the Truth in Lending Act, a lender must obtain a self-certification signed by the applicant before disbursing a private educational loan. The school is required on request to provide this form or the required information only for students admitted or enrolled at school. Should you need information for Section 2 of the form, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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