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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.

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How the Financial Aid Process Works

Apply to Champlain

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.

Apply for an FSA ID

Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID for yourself and for your parent. The FSA ID will be used to electronically sign the federal financial aid forms.

Complete the FAFSA

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

Filing Tips

  • Do not wait for your admissions acceptance to complete the FAFSA.
  • Champlain’s school code is 003684.
  • Use your legal name.
  • Sign the FAFSA electronically.
  • Check the completed FAFSA for accuracy.

Apply for State Grants and Scholarships

Complete any applications required for state grant and/or state scholarship programs.

Apply for Outside Scholarships

Apply for outside scholarships through your high school and local civic, professional, religious, and other community organizations.

Receive Your Offer Letter

A financial aid award offer will be sent to applicants who are accepted for admission.

Priority FAFSA Filing Dates

Admissions Program FAFSA Priority Filing Dates*
Early Decision November 15
Early Action December 15
Regular Decision January 3
Transfer Applicants Rolling
Spring 2025 Applicants Rolling
*Applicants are considered to have met the priority filing date if the FAFSA is submitted on or before the date listed.

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