Apply for Financial Aid (Prospective & Incoming Students)

It's important to ensure that your investment in higher education not only provides a world-class academic experience but also prepares you to enter an increasingly competitive marketplace. At Champlain, we are proud of our success in delivering an education that truly gives our graduates a great advantage.

We invest in our students and recognize their academic achievement each year through our financial aid programs. Each year, our students receive more than $37 million in Champlain scholarships. More than 90% of students received scholarship funds, which do not have to be repaid, to help pay their educational costs.

Helping our students maximize all of their financial aid opportunities is a key service we provide. Our Office of Financial Aid helps students understand the options available and the process of applying for scholarships, grants, loans, payment plans and employment opportunities. The Financial Aid staff is always available for in-person or phone appointments with students and families.

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 financial aid.

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.

Priority FAFSA Filing Dates

Admissions ProgramFAFSA Priority Filing Dates*
Early Decision December 1
Regular Decision February 1st
Transfers Rolling
Spring 2021 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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