Grants & 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 Massachusetts and Pennsylvania 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.
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
- Innovation Scholarship is awarded upon enrollment to full-time, first-year traditional undergraduate students entering Champlain in the fall of 2016 who apply for admissions by the stated deadline. The value of the scholarship is $10,000; awarded as $2500 each year for a maximum of four years. Students receiving Champlain tuition remission or Tuition Exchange benefits are not eligible for this scholarship.
- Women in Technology Scholarship is a $40,000 merit scholarship; $10,000 annually for 4 years, awarded to full-time incoming traditional undergraduate female students, based on academic excellence and promise in the field of technology, as outlined here.
- BYOBiz Scholarship Program was established to support incoming full-time first-year traditional students that either have developed and launched their own business or have an aptitude for entrepreneurship. The BYOBiz scholarship awards range from $3,000 up to $10,000 per year based on the applicant's submission and the quality of their academic profile, and are renewable annually. This scholarship requires an application.
- Miller Scholarship is awarded to full-time, first-year traditional undergraduate students, in the Education & Human Studies Division, with significant involvement in community service. Miller Scholarship recipients are selected by the Champlain College Office of Admissions based on the community service activities listed on the student's application for admission.
- 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 covers tuition less the student's expected family contribution and federal and state grants the student receives.
- 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 from Vermont. Recipients must be full-time traditional students 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 traditional undergraduate 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 Julia Caminiti, the college's Transfer Admission Manager, at (802) 651-5994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.