Grants & Scholarship

Champlain Scholarships

Students will be reviewed for a variety of institutional scholarships that recognize superior academic achievement, student financial need or both.

All applicants accepted into a Champlain degree program will automatically be considered for one of Champlain's merit-based scholarships. These scholarships focus on students who exemplify excellence in academics and engagement outside the classroom—traits that reflect our outstanding students and faculty.

All accepted applicants who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered for Champlain's need-based scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, to allow the College to enroll the brightest, most diverse students regardless of family income.

Our financial aid staff awards scholarships that match the student's level of achievement, need and other characteristics. To make the process easy to navigate, there are no separate scholarship applications to complete.

Our scholarships are renewed annually if the student remains enrolled full time and meets Satisfactory Academic Progress. No minimum GPA is required for scholarship renewal, and awards do not need to be repaid. Champlain College scholarships are applied towards the student's cost of attendance.

Champlain scholarships are generously supported by individuals and organizations that believe deeply in Champlain's mission and are committed to recognizing student academic achievement and need.

Champlain College Endowed Scholarship Funds for Students

Endowed or "named" scholarships are funded by generous gifts from alumni and friends of Champlain College. The funds are awarded each year to students who meet the donors' designated criteria. Qualifications and award amounts vary, but the determination of the award is generally based on financial need. Endowed scholarships do not require repayment. More detailed information on each Champlain College Endowed Scholarships can be found here.

Federal Grant Programs

For the most detailed and up-to-date information on the federal aid programs listed below, visit the Department of Education's website at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

  • FEDERAL PELL GRANT—The Pell grant, a need-based fund awarded to undergraduate students, does not have to be repaid. The grant amount is based on the FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY GRANT (SEOG)—SEOG is awarded to Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need and does not have to be repaid. The grant amount is based on available funding.

State Aid Programs

State grant programs offer assistance based on residency, financial need and academic performance.

For students from Vermont, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) offers the Vermont Incentive Grant to families with financial need and VSAC – assisted scholarships to students who meet eligibility criteria. For more information, visit www.vsac.org.

For students from other states, Champlain recommends checking with your state agency for funding opportunities. Residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island who are eligible for a state grant can use it to attend Champlain, so be sure to follow the application process to receive state funds.

Outside Scholarships & Grants

Champlain encourages and rewards students for seeking outside funding to help meet their college expenses. Many organizations outside of the College, as well as federal and state governments, award scholarships to students. For more information, contact local civic, professional, religious and other community organizations. High school guidance counselors may also have a list of available local scholarships. Fastweb is a free online search engine for scholarship opportunities.

Students who receive an outside scholarship will not have their Champlain College scholarship reduced in most cases. Tuition benefits, tuition exchange, and military and veterans' benefits are not considered outside scholarships and will impact the student's eligibility for Champlain scholarships.

Additional Champlain College Scholarships for Special Populations

  • New American Student Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for Vermont's refugee and asylum students. Recipients must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. This scholarship is for tuition only, and the amount varies depending on the students expected family contribution and other need-based grants and scholarships the student is eligible to receive.
  • Single Parents Scholarship is a scholarship for Pell-eligible single parents participating in the Champlain College Single Parents Program. The goal of the scholarship is to aid with tuition for single parents.
  • Vermont First Scholarship is targeted at first generation college-bound high school seniors. Recipients must be full-time and eligible for a Federal Pell Grant. This scholarship, in combination with the expected family contribution, federal and state programs to include work-study, student loans, grants and other gift aid, will provide funding for up to the full cost of attendance at Champlain College. Vermont First scholarship recipients must remain in campus housing to qualify for the full award.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to full-time incoming on-campus transfer students that are qualified members of the organization. Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for high achieving 2-year community college students. The award is based on merit. Questions concerning this scholarship should be directed to Shawn McElwain, the college's Transfer Admission Manager, at 802-383-6644 or mcelwain@champlain.edu.

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