Applying for Aid

Champlain College encourages all students to apply for financial aid. Applying for aid is the only way to know if you will be eligible for grants, federal work-study, loans and scholarships, and it will not affect your chances of being admitted to the College.

Application Process

The financial aid application process is separate from the admissions application. Do not wait for your admissions acceptance before applying for financial aid.

All applicants who are accepted to Champlain will automatically be considered for Champlain's merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who exemplify excellence in academics and engagement outside the classroom—traits that characterize our outstanding faculty and student body. All applicants who are accepted to Champlain and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will also be considered for additional need-based awards from Champlain College and the state and federal government, including scholarships, grants, federal work-study and loans. The FAFSA is the only financial aid application required by Champlain College in order to receive a financial aid award.

The priority filing dates for completing the FAFSA are listed in the chart below based on the admissions program. Students seeking need-based funding from Champlain are encouraged to submit the FAFSA by the priority filing date, although applications are accepted throughout the year. Champlain College's need-based scholarships will be awarded first to students who meet the FAFSA priority filing date and then on a rolling basis, if funds are available, for students completing the FAFSA at a later date.

Priority FAFSA Filing Dates for Fall 2019 Applicants

Admissions ProgramFAFSA Priority Filing Dates*
Early Decision November 15
Regular Decision January 15
Transfers Rolling
Spring 2020 Applicants Rolling

*Applicants are considered to have met the priority filing date if the FAFSA is submitted on or before the date listed.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To qualify for Federal Student Aid (grants, loans and federal work-study), you must meet certain requirements.

  • STEP ONE Submit your application for admission to Champlain College. To apply, go to How to Apply
  • STEP TWO Apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID for yourself and for your parent at The FSA ID will be used to electronically sign the federal financial aid forms. Check out this tutorial video on the FSA ID
  • STEP THREE Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
    • FAFSA Filing Tips
      • Fall 2019 applicants should complete the 2019—2020 FAFSA, available October 1, 2018
      • Champlain's school code is 003684
      • You and your parent should use your legal names as they appear on your Social Security Card
      • Sign the FAFSA electronically using student and parent FSA ID's
      • Check the completed FAFSA for accuracy and make corrections if necessary
      • Do not wait for your admissions acceptance to complete the FAFSA
  • STEP FOUR Complete any applications required for state grant and/or state scholarship programs
  • STEP FIVE Apply for outside scholarships through your high school and local civic, professional, religious and other community organizations
  • STEP SIX A financial aid award letter will be sent to applicants who are accepted for admission

Need help completing the FAFSA?

Here is a good link to Filling out the FAFSA from Federal Student Aid.

Champlain is here to assist you through the financial aid process. Contact Compass Student Services at (802) 860-2777 or