Applying for Financial 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.

Financial Aid Application Process at Champlain 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 admitted students who complete the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available will be considered for Champlain's need-based awards and merit scholarships. If you are applying for Early Decision, we will email you our Champlain Student Aid Estimator Form to be considered for need-based aid. If you do not receive an email from us, please email us at and we will send you the link.

***You MUST complete a FAFSA for EVERY YEAR you seek financial aid ***

Students seeking need-based funding from Champlain should submit the FAFSA by the priority filing date found below. Although the FAFSA is accepted throughout the year, our need-based scholarships are awarded first to students who meet the FAFSA priority filing date and then on a rolling basis, if funds are available.

Priority FAFSA Filing Dates at Champlain College

Admissions ProgramForm to Fill OutPriority Filing Dates*
Early Decision I Champlain Student Aid Estimator Form (emailed to ED applicants) November 28, 2023
Early Decision II Champlain Student Aid Estimator Form (emailed to ED applicants ) January 2, 2024
Regular Decision 2024-2025 FAFSA January 15, 2024
Transfer Priority Applicants 2024-2025 FAFSA June 1, 2024
Spring 2025 Applicants 2024-2025 FAFSA Rolling
*Applicants are considered to have met the priority filing date if the Champlain Student Aid Estimator Form and/or FAFSA is submitted on or before the date listed.

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. To apply, to How to Apply.


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.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it is available at

FAFSA Filing Tips

  • Get your FSA ID as soon as possible. Students and parents both need a FSA ID to complete the FAFSA.
  • Complete the FAFSA as soon as it is available.
  • 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 IDs.
  • Check the completed FAFSA for accuracy and make corrections if necessary.
  • Do not wait for your admissions acceptance to complete the FAFSA when it becomes available.


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.

What's up with the FAFSA?

The Federal government is currently revising how it is doing the FAFSA. As a result, the new form will be available in December 2023, not October as in previous years.

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