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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.
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.
|Admissions Program||FAFSA Priority Filing Dates*|
|Early Decision I||November 15|
|Early Decision II||December 15|
|Regular Decision||January 15|
|Fall 2022 Transfer Applicants||June 15|
|Spring 2022 Applicants||Rolling|
How the Financial Aid Process Works
Submit your application for admission to Champlain College, but please do NOT wait to get your admission decision to apply for the FAFSA. In fact, if it is more convenient for your search process, you can complete your FAFSA and submit it to Champlain even before you submit your application for admission. To apply, go to How to Apply.
Apply for Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID for yourself and for your parent at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/sign-in/landing. The FSA ID will be used to electronically sign the federal financial aid forms.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://studentaid.gov/h/
Complete any applications required for state grant and/or state scholarship programs.
Apply for outside scholarships through your high school and local civic, professional, religious, and other community organizations.
A financial aid award offer will be sent to applicants who are accepted for admission.
Find out about our Count-On-It Financial Aid Guarantee
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