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Admissions and Financial Aid Requirements

Admissions and Financial Aid Requirements

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First-Year Applicants
International Applicants
Undocumented/DACA Applicants
QuestBridge Applicants
Transfer Applicants

First-Year Applicants

Application

Each year Colby admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

Early Decision or Regular Decision?

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but if you are admitted, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by March 15.

Application Materials

Application Dates and Deadlines

RoundsAdmissions
Deadline
Financial Aid
Deadline
Additional/Optional
Materials Due
Decisions
Released
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 1On or before Dec. 15
Spring TransferNov. 1Nov. 1Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 15On or before Feb. 15
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 15Jan. 15March 15
Fall TransferApril 1April 1April 15On or before May 15

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The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessQuestBridge

Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your regular decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Deferral Policy: Students admitted to Colby may request to defer their matriculation.

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices: Guidelines and factors in admissions decisions for prospective student athletes.

FAQ for First-Year Applicants
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).


Financial Aid

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. While our admissions process is need-aware, we’ll meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need if you are admitted. More than 90 percent of families with a total income of $200,000 or less have qualified for some form of financial assistance in recent years, and families with a total income of less than $60,000 and assets typical of this income range will have a parent or guardian contribution of $0.

Tuition and Fees

2018-19 Annual Comprehensive Fee
(tuition, room, board, and general fee):
$72,000
Other expenses (books/personal expenses):$1,600
Travel allowancevariable
Total Cost of Attendance$73,600
+ travel

Financial Aid Requirements

Financial Aid Deadlines

Submitted by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
FAFSANov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
2017 U.S. federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

How We Calculate Your Expected Family Contribution

Please know we anticipate the comprehensive fee will most likely increase 1 to 2 percent above inflation each year. Regardless of this increase we will meet 100% of your demonstrated need without student loans.

Quick College Cost Estimator

Colby College is more affordable than you think. Use the MyinTuition calculator to estimate your college costs in just five minutes.

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Net Price Calculator

Want to know what you might expect from your Colby aid package? Our net price calculator uses your family’s financial information to give you a sense of what your family would contribute toward your Colby education.

Net Price Calculator

Types of Colby Aid

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants, both institutional and federal, as well as campus employment.

Scholarship Opportunities

Financing Options

Colby’s financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

Contact Information

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact finaid@colby.edu or 207-859-4830.

Apply Now

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessQuestBridge

International Applicants

Application

The brightest scholars from more than 80 countries around the world choose Colby for the opportunity to gain a prestigious degree and make valuable connections at one of America’s finest colleges. Each year Colby admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of about 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

Early Decision or Regular Decision?

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but once we do, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by March 15.

Application Materials

Application Dates and Deadlines

RoundsAdmissions
Deadline
Financial Aid
Deadline
Additional/Optional
Materials Due
Decisions
Released
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 1On or before Dec. 15
Spring TransferNov. 1Nov. 1Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 15On or before Feb. 15
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 15Jan. 15March 15
Fall TransferApril 1April 1April 15On or before May 15

Apply Now

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your Regular Decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Deferral Policy: Students admitted to Colby may request to defer their matriculation.
NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices: Guidelines and factors in admissions decisions for prospective student athletes.

FAQ for International Applicants
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).


Financial Aid Information

Colby meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students, regardless of citizenship. Financial need is determined by each family’s unique financial circumstances.

Financial Aid Application

Please do not submit any additional financial aid documentation unless requested by the Admissions and Financial Aid team.

Financial Aid Deadlines

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
International College Board CSS Profile
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

Calculating your Expected Family Contribution

We carefully consider every student’s financial aid application. Through specific calculations we measure your family’s financial capacity, and your award will be tailored to meet 100 percent of your demonstrated need.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the combination of expected parent contribution, student earnings and benefits, and a portion of student assets as well as other available resources (i.e. gifts from relatives or tuition benefits from a parent’s employer). If parents are separated or divorced, the College may include an expected contribution from the noncustodial parent. Our calculation is based on institutional methodologies and considers a number of factors affecting your family’s ability to contribute to the cost of your education, including:

Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Aid Eligibility

Contact Information

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact finaid@colby.edu or 207-859-4830.

Types of Colby Aid

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants as well as campus employment.

Financing Options

Colby financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

Apply Now

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

Undocumented/DACA Applicants

Application

Colby considers applications from all students regardless of citizenship or background. Each year our admissions counselors read thousands of applications to enroll a class of 500 students. Your application is what will set you apart from other applicants. Tell us what interests you. Share your accomplishments and what you’ve learned along the way. Emphasize your dedication to both academic and extracurricular activities. Tell us your story. Don’t let worry about costs keep you from applying. Our financial aid packages meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need, making this education available to students from every background.

Early Decision or Regular Decision?

If you’re 100 percent sure that Colby is for you, consider applying Early Decision. We’ll give you our decision quickly, but once we do, we expect you to withdraw all other applications. If you’re still weighing your options, Regular Decision applications are due January 1, and we’ll let you know our decision by March 15.

Application Materials

Application Dates and Deadlines

RoundsAdmissions
Deadline
Financial Aid
Deadline
Additional/Optional
Materials Due
Decisions
Released
Early Decision INov. 15Nov. 15Dec. 1On or before Dec. 15
Spring TransferNov. 1Nov. 1Nov. 15On or before Dec. 15
Early Decision IIJan. 1Jan. 1Jan. 15On or before Feb. 15
Regular DecisionJan. 1Jan. 15Jan. 15March 15
Fall TransferApril 1April 1April 15On or before May 15

Apply Now

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessQuestBridge

Early Decision Conversion: If you have filed your regular decision application prior to the deadlines of November 15 or January 1, you can convert your application to Early Decision by submitting a signed Early Decision Agreement by December 1 in the case of EDI, or by February 1 in the case of EDII.

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Financial Aid Information

Colby meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of all admitted students, for all four years, regardless of citizenship. Financial need is determined by each family’s financial circumstances. Applicants receiving need-based aid may also be eligible for assistance with travel expenses.

Financial Aid Requirements

Financial Aid Deadlines

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
International College Board CSS Profile
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

Calculating your Expected Family Contribution

We carefully consider every student’s financial aid application for financial assistance. Through specific calculations, we measure your family’s financial strength, and if you’re deemed eligible for aid, your award will be tailored to meet 100 percent of your determined need.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the combination of expected parent contribution, student earnings and benefits, and a portion of student assets as well as other available resources (i.e. gifts from relatives or tuition benefits from a parent’s employer). If parents are separated or divorced, the College may include an expected contribution from the noncustodial parent. Our calculation involves both federal and institutional methodologies and considers a number of factors affecting your family’s ability to contribute to the cost of your education, including:

Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Aid Eligibility

Contact Information

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact finaid@colby.edu or 207-859-4830.

Net Price Calculator

Want to know what you might expect from your Colby aid package? Our net price calculator uses your family’s financial information to give you a sense of what your family would contribute toward your Colby education.

Net Price Calculator

Types of Colby Aid

Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. When you get your aid package you may see grants, both institutional and federal, as well as campus employment.

Financing Options

Colby financial aid packages are designed to meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need with grants and employment. There are families, however, who choose to borrow for out-of-pocket (family contribution) costs or who wish to spread out payments over a period of time.

Supplementing with Outside Scholarships: There are thousands of outside scholarship opportunities available, and we encourage you to apply for as many as you can. Check with your college counselor for local scholarships and online for national scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Prospective students may review publicly available information about Colby on the College’s consumer information webpage.

Apply Now

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and SuccessQuestBridge

QuestBridge Applicants

Through our partnership with QuestBridge, Colby seeks to enroll students who have achieved academically despite financial hardship. By participating in the National College Match, we ensure the most talented students from all backgrounds have access to a Colby education. We meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need, and we do not include loans in our financial aid packages.

QuestBridge Non-Participating Finalists and Non-Finalists

If you don’t match or elect not to match with Colby, we’re still committed to meeting 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need and providing the support and resources you need to access a world-class education. All you need to do is forward your QuestBridge application to Colby to be considered for admission in our Regular Decision round. To be considered for Early Decision I or II, also submit Colby’s Early Decision Agreement.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Start your Questbridge Application

Questions about your QuestBridge application or the National College Match? Contact Jacqueline Su, Assistant Director of Admissions, at jacqueline.su@colby.edu Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@colby.edu or 207-859-4830.

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Financial Aid Requirements

Submitted/postmarked by:Early Decision IEarly Decision IIRegular Decision
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
FAFSANov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15
2017 federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Jan. 1Jan. 15

All applicants should submit the following documents for their financial aid application:

Transfer Applicants

Transfer Applicant Information

Each semester we reserve a handful of spaces for incoming transfer students. But transfer admissions is a competitive process, so be sure to tell us the story behind your decision to continue your education at Colby.

For additional information, please contact
Jamie Brewster
Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
jamie.brewster@colby.edu
207-859-4827

Application Requirements and Transfer Policies

If you’re considering transferring to Colby, make sure to apply before your sophomore or junior year in order to maximize your number of transfer credits. We accept up to 64 semester credit hours toward a degree as determined by the Colby Registrar.

Application Dates and Deadlines

 Application Submitted/PostmarkedComplete
Testing
Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers MailedCandidate's Reply
Spring TransferNov. 15n/aOn or before Dec. 15Two Weeks After Admission
Fall TransferApr. 1n/aOn or before May 15Two Weeks After Admission

NESCAC Statement of Common Admissions Practices
Colby Nondiscrimination Policy

Colby is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and has endorsed the principles contained in the association’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

Financial Aid Information for Transfer Applicants

We encourage students from all financial backgrounds to apply for admission to Colby. Though transfer admission is highly competitive, if you are admitted and qualify for aid, we’ll meet 100 percent of your need as determined by the College. And you won’t see loans as a part of your financial aid package, because it’s our policy not to include them. Don’t let the cost of attending deter you from applying to Colby.

U.S. Transfer Applicants

Required Financial Aid Forms and Deadlines

Submitted/postmarked by:Transfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
FAFSA (U.S. Applicants only) Nov. 15Apr. 1
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Apr. 1
2017 federal income
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
Nov. 15Apr. 1

Financial Aid Requirements:


Canadian Transfer Applicants

Required Financial Aid Forms and Deadlines

Submitted/postmarked by:Transfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Apr. 1
2017 tax forms (T1 and T4)
(parents and student; all pages)
Nov. 15Apr. 1

Links to Required Forms:


International Transfer Applicants

Required Financial Aid Forms and Deadlines

Submitted/postmarked by:Transfer: SpringTransfer: Fall
College Board CSS ProfileNov. 15Apr. 1

Financial Aid Application

Please do not submit any additional financial aid documentation unless requested by the Admissions and Financial Aid team.

Should you have questions about Colby’s financial aid process, please contact finaid@colby.edu or 207-859-4830.


Apply Now

Contact Information

The Common ApplicationCoalition for Access, Affordability, and Success