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 is to apply for aid, 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 admission 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, funds available, for students completing the FAFSA at a later date.

Priority Filing Dates and Award Letter Notification for Fall 2015

Admission Program Early Decision I Early Decision II Regular Decision Fall Transfer Spring Transfer
Financial Aid Priority Filing Date November 15 January 15 February 15 March 1 October 1
Notification of Financial Aid Awards December 15 February 15 Late March Rolling Rolling
Enrollment Deposit Deadline January 15 3 weeks after acceptance May 1 Rolling Rolling

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 Personal Identification Numbers for yourself and for your parent at The PIN will be used to electronically sign the federal financial aid forms.
  • STEP THREE Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
      • Fall 2015 applicants should complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA, available January 1, 2015. ED I applicants will complete the prior year's FAFSA
      • Champlain's school code is 003684
      • You and your parents should use your legal name as it appears on your Social Security Card
      • Use income estimates if federal taxes are not yet completed
      • Sign the FAFSA electronically using student and parent PIN'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 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 our Enrollment Service Center at (802) 860-2777 or