New Students

How do I apply for need-based financial aid and/or scholarships?

To apply for need-based financial aid, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We recommend you file electronically. This form is also available in high school guidance offices. Clarkson will automatically consider you for merit-based scholarships once your admission application has been reviewed.

I don't think I'll qualify for need-based aid. Should I bother to file the FAFSA?

Yes. By filing the FAFSA, students are eligible for a low-interest Federal Direct Student Loan. Also, should your family's financial situation change, we can consider you for additional financial aid, provided we have a completed FAFSA on file.

Does Clarkson offer merit scholarships?

Yes, Clarkson offers merit-based scholarships that range from $2,000-$25,000. Most are awarded automatically after considering your admission application. Others require separate applications.

Does Clarkson require the CSS Profile?

No. The only form required is the FAFSA.

What is Clarkson's Federal School Code?

002699.

How much does Clarkson cost?

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Clarkson's billable costs (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) are:


Tuition & Fees

$47,950

Housing (two persons)*

$8,088

Meals

$6,706

   

Undergraduate
Total Fixed Costs**

$62,744

*Housing costs are based on a weighted average.  Freshman housing charges are usually slightly less than the weighted average.  For exact housing figures, please see Residence Life

**Total fixed costs apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. See costs and financial aid for international students.

Will there be an increase in cost each year?

Yes. Clarkson's tuition, housing and meal costs typically increase by four to six percent each year. This is determined each February for the following academic year. Last year costs increased by 4.7 percent.

Our Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA is higher than we can realistically afford. What can we do?

Please contact us at 1-800-527-6577! We will review your special circumstances and determine if any adjustments can be made.

What kinds of financial assistance are available?

Need-based grants (eligibility determined by the FAFSA), merit-based scholarships (based on your admission application), student and parent loans, and work study are all forms of financial assistance.

Does Clarkson offer athletic scholarships?

Clarkson offers athletic scholarships for men's and women's NCAA Division I ice hockey. Clarkson also has 16 Division III teams. NCAA regulations prohibit awarding athletic scholarships to Division III athletes, and we cannot consider athletic talent when awarding grants and scholarships.

If I receive scholarships on my own, how will they affect my financial aid?

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.  ROTC scholarships are not designated as outside scholarships and your Clarkson awards may be adjusted to accommodate room and board incentives.

Are grants and scholarships renewable?

For Clarkson Grants and other Clarkson need-based aid, as long as there have been no significant changes in your family's situation, you may expect to received the same amount each year. Federal and State Grants are based on statutory regulations and are subject to change. Non-need based Clarkson scholarships are renewable for up to 8 semesters. For all aid, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Some scholarships (i.e. Merit Scholarships) have higher GPA requirements.

What are Title IV Funds?

Title IV funds refers to various types of federal student aid including Federal Direct Loans, Pell Grants, SEOG, the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and the Perkins Loan.

Do I have to complete the Student Authorization of Title IV Funds Form even if I do not have federal grants or loans?

Yes, we request that you complete the form.  Even if you do not want to take advantage of federal aid at this time, you may wish to in the future.

Continuing Students

What are the financial aid application deadlines?

April 15th is the recommended filing date.

Is there a Verification Deadline?

June 1 is the recommended deadline for anyone selected for verification, although we suggest you submit all required To Do verify documents as soon as possible since a financial aid package cannot be prepared for you until verification is complete. If you filed your FAFSA after April 15 we ask that you submit any required documents within 30 days. If you do not submit your documents within 90 days or the first day of classes, we will assume you are no longer interested in federal or Clarkson need based aid.

If I have been selected for verification, where can I find out what documents I need to submit?

All required documents are listed in PeopleSoft on your "To Do List." Check your "To Do List" often. If your "To Do List" indicates a form you need to submit there will be a link to the form. All forms can be found on our forms site. If you have questions or need additional clarification contact your Student Administrative Services (SAS) Representative.

The FAFSA asks for previous year tax information.  What if my family’s financial situation has changed?

Clarkson understands that some families may have changes or special circumstances that should be considered when calculating financial need.  We are committed to considering all facts and assisting families however we can.  If you feel you have a special circumstance or have had a family change since filing your FAFSA, please submit the Special Circumstance Appeal Form.  We are unable to consider consumer indebtedness as a special circumstance as families make different choices that result in various amounts of consumer debt.

I don’t have unusual circumstance, but can I appeal for additional financial aid?

Although Clarkson’s funding is limited, your appeal will be considered.  Please contact your Student Administrative Services (SAS) Representative.  You may locate your representative in the Contact section.

I’m interested in working on campus.  How do I find a job?

Offices are encouraged to post their student employment opportunities on the Handshake website.  Jobs are filled quickly, so you need to be proactive.  Other opportunities that might not be listed on Handshake include ARAMARK, athletics and custodial services.

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid?

Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid (SAP) to retain eligibility for federal, institutional and, if applicable, New York State aid (SAP). SAP for Financial Aid is different from academic standing. It is important for all students to review the policy. If you have questions, contact your Student Administrative Services (SAS) Representative.

What are Title IV Funds?

Title IV funds refers to various types of federal student aid including Federal Direct Loans, Pell Grants, SEOG, the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and the Perkins Loan.

Do I have to complete the Student Authorization of Title IV Funds Form even if I do not have federal grants or loans?

Yes, we request that you complete the form.  Even if you do not want to take advantage of federal aid at this time, you may wish to in the future.

Do I have to claim my work study earnings on my tax return?

Yes, work study earnings are taxable income.  If you are required to file an IRS federal tax return, you need to claim your work study earnings.