Applying for Aid

Federal financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Education may help you to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. See if you qualify for federal student aid in the form of grants, loans and/or work-study funds by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSA Priority Deadline

Completed FAFSA applications must be received by the Federal processing agency by March 1 to meet Colby-Sawyer’s priority deadline. FAFSA applications received after the priority deadline will be subject to reduced financial assistance based on fund availability.

How to Submit Your FAFSA

The FAFSA can be filled out and submitted online at, and is available any time after October 1. Do not wait for an admission decision from Colby-Sawyer before filing these financial aid documents and be sure to select Colby-Sawyer as one of the colleges receiving a copy of the report from the processing agency.


Create a FSA ID to access the Federal Student Aid’s online systems. The FSA ID also serves as your legal signature.

Additional Requirements

Additional Documentation

Colby-Sawyer may contact you via the email address or addresses on your FAFSA to request additional documents. It is your responsibility to check your email for these communications.

CSS Financial Aid Profile

You are not required to complete a CSS PROFILE.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal financial aid programs require satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in order to receive federal financial aid. When the SAP requirements are not met, colleges must remove federal aid until satisfactory status is achieved. Additional information about SAP requirements and processes are available in the Colby-Sawyer SAP Guide.

Information and Forms

Additional information and forms are available in the Award Guide.