Types of Financial Aid

There are many options available to assist you with the cost of your Champlain College education; we're committed to helping you and your family understand financial aid options.

Admitted students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are automatically considered for need-based awards from Champlain College, the federal government, and their state of residency (when applicable) including scholarships, grants, federal work-study, and loans. The FAFSA is the only financial aid application required by Champlain College in order to determine your eligibility for need-based aid.

***You MUST complete the FAFSA for EVERY YEAR you wish to be reviewed for need-based financial aid***

All admitted students are also automatically considered for Champlain's merit scholarships.



Types of Aid

  Merit-Based Aid

Some scholarships from Champlain College fall into the category of merit-based (awarded without consideration of your financial need) and are a form of aid that you do not have to repay.

Champlain Scholarships  

  Need-Based Aid

A combination of grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study student employment options comprise the need-based options at Champlain College.

Champlain Scholarships  

Federal Work-Study Program  

Federal Loans  

Federal & State Grants  

  Other Aid

Other types of aid are generally based on a variety of requirements. Learn more about your eligibility on the following pages.

Veteran & Military Aid Benefits  

Transfer Scholarships  

Outside Scholarships  

Federal Parent PLUS Loans  

Tuition Payment Plans  

Other On-Campus Employment  


But First, the FAFSA

To be considered for most sources of financial aid, you must first file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available, a form used by most colleges and universities. The information you provide is then used to determine the extent of your financial need and aid eligibility based on institutional and/or federal guidelines.

Don't wait until you receive your admission decision before filing the FAFSA; submit your FAFSA anytime, even if you have not completed your Champlain admissions application. The 2024 - 2025 FAFSA is currently scheduled to be available in late December.

To ensure we receive your FAFSA information, use Champlain's school code: 003684.

Go to the FAFSA website





FAFSA Overview

Check out this video to learn how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans, and work-study jobs that can help fund your education.

Go to the FAFSA website

I was lucky enough to study abroad in Dublin, Ireland. All of the financial aid students receive on campus in Burlington will transfer to their time abroad at a Champlain international campus. Without this, going abroad would not have been a possibility for me.

Heather MacFarlane '21 // International Business & Criminal Justice (Double Major)