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.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only financial aid application required by Champlain College in order to receive a financial aid award. All admitted students who complete the FAFSA will be considered for Champlain's need-based awards and merit scholarships with no additional applications necessary.

***You MUST complete an application 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 applications are 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 ProgramFAFSA Priority Filing Dates*
Early Decision I November 15
Early Decision II January 15
Regular Decision February 1
Transfer Priority Applicants May 1
Spring 2023 Applicants Rolling
*Applicants are considered to have met the priority filing date if the 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. 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 The FSA ID will be used to electronically sign the federal financial aid forms.


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

FAFSA Filing Tips

  • Fall 2023 applicants should complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA, available October 1, 2022.
  • 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.


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.

Need help completing the FAFSA?

  • Contact Compass Student Services at
    (802) 992-1474 or
  • Visit FAFSA instruction page


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