Clarkson awards various types of grants and scholarships. These awards do not have to be repaid. Grants are considered need-based aid and scholarships are based on merit. Eligibility for grants is based on the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on all of the awards available, please use the navigation on the left.
Federal regulations require students report any outside scholarships they receive to the Financial Aid Office. This includes scholarships that are paid directly to the school and those paid directly to the student. In both cases, the school is required to consider outside scholarships as a financial resources in meeting educational cost. The Financial Aid Office will apply your outside scholarship to your unmet need first. When necessary, the Financial Aid Office will reduce self-help portions of your financial aid package rather than reducing grants or other scholarships. In rare cases, some grants and scholarships may be reduced if the amount of an outside scholarship is such that all self-help aid has been eliminated from a student's financial aid package or if the scholarship is considered a duplicate benefit.
Upon receiving the scholarship information, the Financial Aid Office will update the student's financial aid package to include the amount awarded. If the scholarship is paid to the school it will be listed as an Outside Scholarship and will be considered anticipated aid on the Student Account. If the scholarship is paid directly to the student it will be listed as a Non-Payable Scholarship and the amount will not show as anticipated aid on the Student Account. Due to implications for other financial aid, all scholarships from outside sources will be divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters. In order for a scholarship to be applied entirely to one semester, the Financial Aid Office must be notified in writing by the donor prior to, or at the time of, receipt of the funds by the University. Once a scholarship check is received and applied to the student's account for the Fall and Spring semester, no changes will be made.