Scholarships for International Students
Undergraduate International Students
All accepted international students will be considered for a partial international scholarship at Clarkson. There is no separate application to complete to be considered for an international scholarship. These scholarships range from $5,000 to $30,000 per academic year. The amount awarded is based on the student's academic record. For first-year students this includes: secondary school GPA, rigor of the curriculum, SAT and TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation. For transfer students, university GPA, rigor of curriculum, TOEFL score, and letters of recommendation are considered. International scholarships do not increase after the first year. Students must maintain good Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to maintain their international scholarship.
Clarkson does NOT offer need-based financial aid to international undergraduate students.
International students may apply for admission to our Honors Program. There is a separate application process for this program. An on-campus interview or telephone interview is also required. Students who are accepted into the Honors Program receive a $2,000 per year scholarship. Admission to this program is very competitive.
"You Are Welcome Here" Scholarship
Clarkson University is one of 50+ colleges and universities nationwide that has joined the #YouAreWelcomeHere national scholarship program, pledging to create scholarships for international students to study in the U.S.
Clarkson will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover at least of 50% of tuition to international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message of bridging intercultural divides. Students with a strong academic profile are encouraged to apply!
For further information contact Colleen Thapalia.
Graduate International Students
Graduate students enrolled in master’s and PhD level programs may finance their education through a combination of university awards and student loans. University awards are granted by each graduate school.
The opportunity for graduate assistantships varies by program and should be discussed with the department staff and/or program coordinator directly.
Other Scholarship Sources
We encourage you to apply for additional scholarships. We will not reduce our scholarship/grant offer if you receive outside scholarships, unless the total amount of your scholarship money from all sources exceeds Clarkson's cost.
- Veteran's benefits - the Yellow Ribbon Program
- Employer tuition benefits
- Online searches
- Recommendations from your academic department based on your area of study
- Potential for transfer credit or course waivers for previous study
- A list of external scholarships for graduate students in Education.
There are limited work-study positions available for international students on campus. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to secure on-campus employment. Priority is given to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are work-study eligible under federal guidelines. While there are some areas on campus that hire international students, our food service provider, ARAMARK, seems to be the best area to seek employment. The average student will work about eight to 10 hours per week. The pay is minimum wage ($9.70/hour until 12/31/17 and $10.40 until 12/31/18). Work-study earnings should be viewed as spending money and not as a source for greatly defraying the cost of attendance. Under the terms of the F-1 student visa, international students cannot work more than 20 hours per week on campus.
Off-campus employment is only permissible with appropriate authorization under the regulations of the F-1 student visa. The International Students & Scholars Office will work with students who wish to pursue employment off campus either prior to or after completion of the degree program admitted to. Students in F-1 status are allowed 12 months of optional practical training before or after completion in work related to their major field of study and in certain circumstances, international students may be eligible for curricular practical training for required practical experiences.