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Transfer Student Financial Aid

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Clarkson is committed to helping you afford higher education. The Financial Assistance Committee distributes aid to assist as many qualified students as possible.

Nine of 10 students at Clarkson receive some form of financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment. We also encourage students to explore federal, state and private scholarship and loan opportunities through their transfer office, state education departments, or the Internet.

To help you pay for your education, Clarkson offers a combination of loans, scholarships, grants and employment opportunities. In addition, a number of special awards are available:

  • Clarkson Merit-Based Scholarships. Based on academic success and promise, these include Clarkson Merit Awards, Transfer Leadership and Achievement Awards, Phi Theta Kappa, and Alpha Beta Gamma Scholarships.
  • Holcroft Alumni Recognition Awards. These awards are based on strong potential for success, financial need, and the recommendation from a Clarkson alumnus/alumna. Awards are $500 per year, and students can only receive one award, regardless of the number of recommendations. We suggest students contact alumni who know enough about them to provide a meaningful reference. Recommendation letters must be submitted by February 15.
  • Clarkson Transfer Leadership Awards. This award gives $15,000 annually for transfer students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement and choose to enroll at Clarkson. Students are nominated for this award by a participating two-year school.
  • Clarkson Transfer Achievement Awards. Clarkson awards $12,000 annually for transfer students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement and choose to enroll at Clarkson. Students are nominated for this award by a participating two-year school.
  • Honors Program. Scholarships for students selected for admission to the University's Honors Program. Space for transfer students in the Honors Program is limited.

To apply for need-based financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available from your transfer office, Clarkson's Office of Transfer Admission, or online. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens can complete the FAFSA form and be considered for need-based financial aid at Clarkson. If you do not know whether or not you are eligible to file the FAFSA form, please contact the Office of Transfer Admission. See other sources of aid.

International Transfer Student Financial Assistance
International students are considered for merit-based awards only. These awards range from $2,000 to $20,000 per year and are based on academic record and potential to succeed at Clarkson. Learn more about international undergraduate costs and financial aid.