How to Apply

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Ready to take the first step toward applying to college?

Congratulations! Applying to college is a big milestone in life. We have provided the information you need about how to apply to Champlain College in this section; we even have this helpful list of frequently asked questions and answers.

If you come to a point where you need help, just let us know—our team of experienced admission counselors is here to help! To make the process easier for you, we are a test-optional school, and there is no application fee.

We Are a Test-Optional School

Champlain is a test-optional school. What does that mean to you as an applicant? If you would like us to consider your standardized test scores, by all means, feel free to include them with your submitted application. If you would rather us consider your application without them, we are happy to do that as well.

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Admission counselor at Champlain College speaking with a student.

Personal Interviews Are Wonderful!

You can tell a lot about people by simply speaking with them. We encourage virtual Personal Interviews for high school seniors and transfer students interested in applying to Champlain. The conversation is casual—it's like two friends getting to know one another.

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Champlain Application Dashboard

Our Application Dashboard allows you to monitor the status of your application and determine if you have any outstanding requirements. If you do not already have an account for our Dashboard, please create one using the same email address you used when applying.

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Application & Financial Aid Deadlines

Application & Priority FAFSA Filing DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I Application Deadline - November 15
Priority FAFSA Filing Date - To Be Determined, likely late December 
Mid December
Early Decision II January 15 (extended deadline) Rolling
Regular Decision February 1**
Rolling, beginning early March
Transfer Priority Deadline: May 1 Rolling
Spring Enrollment***
Final Deadline: December 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by these dates to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive. If you complete your FAFSA after these dates we will still determine all of your award eligibility, it will just take longer from the time you received your Admissions notification to get this information to you.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**We are able to extend our deadline in certain circumstances. Please reach out to an admissions counselor.
***Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.


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), a form used by most colleges and universities. The information you provide is then analyzed according to nationally standardized criteria to determine the extent of your financial need.

Don't wait until you receive your admission decision before filing the FAFSA; submit your FAFSA anytime after October 1, even if you have not completed your Champlain admissions application.

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


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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