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 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 April 1.
- High School Requirements: Planning ahead is always a good idea, so when you’re mapping out your class schedule over the next year or two, make sure to include the most rigorous college-prep courses your high school offers. And, of course, we want to see a minimum of 20 core academic units, including:
- Four years of English
- Three years of a single world language*
- Three years of mathematics
- Two years of laboratory science
- Two years of history or social science
- Two years of other college prep electives
*Scoring 640+ on a foreign language SAT Subject Test or receiving a score of a 4+ on an AP foreign language exam or scoring a 6+ on an International Baccalaureate foreign language exam will also satisfy the foreign language requirement.
- Standardized Tests: In order to get into Colby, you’ll need to provide us with standardized test results. We use these scores as the standard measure when reviewing applications. If you take the test more than once, go ahead and send us all of your scores to ensure that we have your best performance on record. We’ll need an official score report sent by the testing agency from one of the following:
- College Board SAT Reasoning Test
- American College Test (ACT)
- SAT Subject Tests in three subject areas
An official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is neither your first language nor your current language of instruction. In general, our most competitive applicants score at least a 100 on the internet or 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exams, or a 7.0 on the IELTS.
- Early Decision Agreement Form (required for Early Decision applicants only)
- Optional Application Materials
Application Dates and Deadlines
|Application Submitted/ Postmarked||Complete|
|Admission Decision and Financial Aid Offers Mailed||Candidate's Reply|
|Early Decision I||Nov. 15||Nov. 15||Dec. 15||Dec. 23|
|Early Decision II||Jan. 1||Jan. 1||Feb. 15||Mar. 1|
|Regular Decision||Jan. 1||Jan. 31||April 1||May 2|
|Spring Transfer||Nov. 15||n/a||Dec. 15||Two Weeks After Admission|
|Fall Transfer||Mar. 1||n/a||May 30||Two Weeks After Admission|
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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 prior to December 1, in the case of ED I, or by January 30 at 5 p.m. EST in the case of ED II.
Deferral Policy: Students admitted to Colby may request to defer their matriculation.
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FAQ for First-Year Applicants
Colby aid packages contain grants and work-study aid—but not loans. In fact, if you submit your aid application by the deadline and are eligible for aid, we’ll meet 100 percent of your demonstrated financial need.
Tuition and Fees
|2016-17 Annual Comprehensive Fee|
(tuition, room, board, student government and health services fees):
|Other expenses (books/personal expenses):||$1,600|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$65,660
Financial Aid Requirements
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Colby’s FAFSA code number is 002039. The FAFSA is the only form required to apply for federal grants and loans.
- College Board CSS Profile
- Colby’s CSS code number is 3280. The CSS Profile is only required for determining eligibility for institutional funds.
- If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married, please submit the Noncustodial PROFILE.
- If your parents are self-employed or own a farm, please submit the College Board Business and Farm Supplement.
- Parents’ and students’ 2015 income tax returns with all pages, schedules, and W-2’s. These tax documents should be sent via the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) by March 4. Application materials received after the deadline will be processed without penalty.
- Early Decision Candidates Only: Please submit (directly to Colby) parents’ and students’ 2015 income tax returns with all pages, schedules, and W-2’s by Nov. 15 for ED I and by Jan. 1 for ED II.
- If you or your parents are not required to file a 2015 U.S. federal tax return, please complete the appropriate non-filer statement and fax it to us (207-859-4828):
Financial Aid Deadlines
|Submitted/postmarked by:||Early Decision I||Early Decision II||Regular Decision|
|College Board CSS Profile||Nov. 15||Jan. 1||Feb. 1|
|FAFSA||Nov. 15||Jan. 1||Feb. 1|
|2015 federal income |
tax returns and W-2
(parents and student;
all pages and schedules)
|Nov. 15||Jan. 1||Feb. 1|
How We Calculate 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:
- Family financial strength
- Current-year income (taxable and untaxed)
- Family size
- Parents’ ages
- Emergency and medical expenses
- Asset strength
- Number of family members in college and actual cost at each undergraduate institution
Total Cost of Attendance – EFC = Aid Eligibility
- At Colby, eligibility for financial aid is based solely on relative financial strength; merit scholarships (based on academic achievement, athletic or other talents) are not available from the College.
- Aid recipients must reapply for financial aid each year. Aid may increase or decrease with changes in family circumstances and in the College’s costs.
- Students who do not apply for financial aid prior to admission will not be considered for College grant assistance until their junior year, unless their family financial circumstances change unexpectedly.
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.
- Grants: The College awards over $30 million in grant assistance annually. Grants do not have to be repaid and are available from a variety of sources including federal and state governments, other outside agencies, and the College’s own funds. Eligible aid recipients are automatically considered for grants. Federal Grants including Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are offered to students who submit completed financial aid applications to the College and demonstrate federal grant eligibility.
- Campus Employment: There are hundreds of student job opportunities available, and we can often match student interest with specific openings across campus. Even if you don’t receive financial aid, you can earn up to $1,850 per year by working on campus. If you do receive aid, you may work up to 12 hours each week and earnings are often used to cover personal expenses.
Presidential Scholars Program
Colby’s Presidential Scholars Program offers several benefits to the top students in each incoming class, including the opportunity to conduct research alongside world-class professors from the moment they arrive on campus, access to a pool of grants to design their own projects, and the chance to take part in other activities that challenge them to achieve at the highest levels. The Presidential Scholar designation is one of the only academic honors that Colby confers on students before they enroll, and the good news is, you don’t even have to apply. Every applicant to Colby is considered for the Presidential Scholars Program.
Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Program
The Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Program is a Colby initiative that supports campus diversity and multiculturalism. Started in 1979, this program honors the memory of Nobel prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist, and friend of the College Ralph J. Bunche. All Bunche Scholars are students of color who have demonstrated leadership ability and achieved academic success. As a Bunche Scholar you will be granted an internship stipend of $3,000 to be used during one summer while you are enrolled at Colby to pursue an internship integral to your field of study or career aspirations even if it is unpaid or underpaid. Bunche Scholars are chosen based on demonstrated leadership in high school and in their community as well as academic achievement. High school counselors are encouraged to nominate students for this opportunity, but all students of color who are admitted will be considered.
National Merit Scholarships
National Merit Scholars who receive financial aid will receive an annual recognition award of $1,000. Scholars who do not receive financial aid will receive an annual recognition award of $500. If you are a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, report Colby College as your first-choice school to the National Merit Corporation to ensure you receive the award.
Yellow Ribbon Program
As a Yellow Ribbon school, Colby seeks to enroll veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between colleges and universities and the Veterans Administration in which higher education institutions cover the cost of tuition and fees in excess of the amounts payable under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Veterans from all backgrounds have access to a Colby education.
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. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will send detailed information about payment plans and loan programs to each admitted student. To get more information prior to our admissions decision, please contact us (colby.edu/admission/contact).
- 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.
- Supplementing with Federal Loans: Students and parents may choose to borrow money through federal loan programs to cover education expenses. A number of loan choices are available, including Federal Perkins Loans and Direct Loans (subsidized, unsubsidized, and PLUS)
- Supplementing with Private Loans: Private loans are available from lenders across the country. These loans allow parents to spread payments of college costs over 10 or more years. Interest rates and repayment terms vary.
- College Payment Plan: Colby offers a 10-month payment plan in addition to the standard semester plan.
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