Cost of Attendance 2021-2022

 

Clarkson University Undergrad Fees 2021-2022

*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 our current housing rates webpage.

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

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Financial Aid & Scholarship Opportunities

Need Based Grants

Need based grants include:

  • Federal Grants
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Learn more about these government-sponsored programs.

Clarkson also offers their own form of need based aid in:

  • Clarkson Grants
  • Adirondack Scholars Award
Merit-Based Awards

Exceptional effort deserves recognition. If we think your admission application shows outstanding promise, you could be selected for one or more of the following merit-based scholarships from Clarkson University: 

  • Clarkson Scholarships: We consider you automatically for your potential to contribute to the Clarkson Community based on your application.
     
  • Clarkson Leadership Awards* & Clarkson Achievement Awards*: A $15,000 (Leadership) or $12,000 (Achievement) annual scholarship renewable for up to four years for qualified students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement. Nominations are made by high school guidance counselors during the student's junior year of high school with final approval made by Clarkson University. Once nominations are received and approved, an official certificate will be mailed to the high school for presentation at a school assembly.  Leadership winners will be considered for other Clarkson scholarships including both those requiring an application as well as those that offer automatic consideration based on the admission application. Please note that these awards are still considered part of the overall Clarkson merit offer. *Students may NOT receive both a Leadership and an Achievement Award. Only one of each award will be offered per high school.
Alumni Connection Awards
  • Holcroft Alumni Recognition Awards: Awards based on strong potential for success and the recommendation from a Clarkson alumnus/alumna. Awards are $500 per year—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 January 15 of the student's senior year (December 1 for early decision applicants).
  • Alumni Family Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin that attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $500 scholarship. Only one scholarship will be granted no matter how many alumni family members you have.
  • Alumni Legacy Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a mother, father, grandfather, or grandmother who attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $1000 scholarship. You can only receive one Alumni Legacy Award no matter how many alumni family connections you have.
Financing Options & Resources

For an overview of financing options, please refer to the Financial Planning Packet, which contains information about:

  • Clarkson University’s Payment Plan
  • Federal student Loans
  • Federal parent Loans
  • Alternative student loans

You can also check out these helpful resource websites:

Scholarship Searches

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

Sources for scholarships include:

  • Your high school guidance office
  • Student and parent employers
  • Online searches
Work Study

If you have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, you are eligible to work under the Federal Work Study Program. You will have the opportunity to seek jobs at various sites on and off campus. Federal Work Study money is allocated to the University by the federal government and jobs are contingent upon funding.  Once you find a job, you will be added to the University payroll and paid bi-weekly by check.

If you do not qualify for Federal Work Study, you may be considered for the University Work Program to work on campus.

Learn more about student employment once to come to campus and see job listings.

State Grants

NY Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships are available for students that meet residence, income, academic, or other requirements, as established by state law.  If you are from New York State, once you complete the FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC).  If you have never received a state award before, or if NYSHESC needs more information, you will be sent an Express TAP Application to complete.

An estimated NYS TAP award may be included as part of your financial aid awards, however the state’s notification is your official approved award.  Some students may also be selected for state-sponsored awards such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship or the NYS Leaders of Tomorrow award.   

NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a public or private degree-granting college or university located in New York State. More than half of all Clarkson’s programs of study qualify for inclusion in the STEM Incentive Program. Recipients shall receive an annual award for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (for 2017-18: $6,670), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. The STEM award will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance awards received. For additional information, please review the NYS STEM Incentive Program website for details about the program. 

To apply for the NYS STEM Incentive Program, you must:

More information about NYS financial aid programs is available here

Special Clarkson Awards & Unique Funding Options

These scholarships and programs require your action. If you think you qualify for one of these awards, make sure to read through the requirements for applying. If you are an Early Decision applicant, you must submit any scholarship application or complete any required action by December 1 unless otherwise stated. Regular Decision Admission must submit and complete and required actions by January 15 of your Senior Year.

Clarkson Ignite Presidential Fellows Program

The Clarkson Ignite Presidential Fellowship program is a merit-based scholarship covering all tuition costs for 10 first-time students entering Clarkson in Fall 2021 for four years (eight semesters) of undergraduate study. 

To apply for this award, you must:

  • First, you must apply to Clarkson University for Early Decision OR Regular Decision.
  • Second, you must apply for the Clarkson Ignite Presidential Fellows program by January 15, 2021.
Early Decision Incentive Scholarship

Clarkson University now offers an additional $8,000 scholarship to Early Decision admission applicants. The scholarship will be split evenly over four years ($2,000 per year) and is exclusively offered to Early Decision admission applicants. 
 
To qualify for this award, you must:

  • apply for admission to Clarkson via Early Decision no later than December 1
  • be a new incoming freshman applicant 
  • submit your Early Decision admission deposit within two weeks of receiving your financial aid notice (in extenuating circumstances the Admission Office may offer a short extension)
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Clarkson Visit Scholarship

Clarkson offers a $500 scholarship to any student who has an official undergraduate admissions visit to our Potsdam, New York campus. Visits must be completed no later than Dec 1st for Early Decision  and Jan 15th for Regular Decision of the senior year of high school.  Like most Clarkson scholarships, this award is renewable each year for four years for a total of $2,000. Each student will only receive one $500 Clarkson Visit Scholarship, regardless of how many official admission visits they complete. 

Qualifying official admission visits include:

  • any personalized visit set up directly through the Undergraduate Admission Office
  • pre-arranged overnight admission visits for accepted students
  • Summer Visit Day
  • Fall Open House
  • Spring Open House/Accepted Students Day
  • Group visits to campus (high school, college planning/access program, athletics) in which you have a pre-arranged on-campus admission interview or complete an interview following the visit via phone, video or an off-campus interview. 
  • Official Admission Virtual Visits and Official Admission Virtual Events  will count  (until further notice for the time being)
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Lewis Income Share Agreement (LISA) Program

Clarkson offers 20 spots per year in the Lewis Income Share Agreement (LISA) Program. This program provides our students an alternative to debt by offering interest-free tuition in exchange for a percentage of their income after graduation for an agreed upon number of years. 

Learn more about the LISA Program.

Young Entrepreneurs and Young Innovators Programs

Prospective students that are selected into these programs at the Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators Business Plan Competition hosted by the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship will receive guidance and support from faculty and alumni mentors, office space in our incubator, and will attend Clarkson without payment of tuition for their four year undergraduate career through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and a purchase by Clarkson of 10% equity in their firm at fair market value.

Heintzelman Cape Cod Scholars Program

This program is for high achieving Cape Cod high school students. The program provides a $50,000 scholarship - $12,500 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study at Clarkson. 

To apply for the Heintzelman Scholars Program, you must:

  • submit a complete Clarkson University admission application
  • submit Heintzelman Scholars Program application materials, including a short essay or video submission
  • attend a Cape Cod, Massachusetts area high school
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 

Learn more about this program

Five-Boroughs Scholarship

This award recognizes students from the five boroughs for their hard work and commitment to academics. Recipients will receive $6,000 per year upon enrollment at Clarkson.

To qualify and apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Reside in one of the following boroughs: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island
  • Have an overall high school average of 85
  • Have taken a college preparatory curriculum while in high school
  • Complete an on- or off-campus interview with a Clarkson University Admission representative
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Adirondack Scholars Award

Clarkson University has established a scholarship to recognize high school seniors from the North Country for their hard work and commitment to academics. Recipients of this scholarship will receive up to $6,000 per year, depending on financial need, for a total of four years of undergraduate study at Clarkson. Award recipients may enroll in any course of study at Clarkson University. The Undergraduate Admission and New Student Financial Assistance Committee determines the recipients of the Adirondack Scholars Award.

To be eligible for this award, you must:

  • Reside in one of the following counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren or Washington
  • Have a minimum overall high school average of 90
  • Complete an interview with a Clarkson University Admission representative
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the Clarkson University Adirondack Scholars Award Application
  • Submit a complete Clarkson University admission application
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Project Lead the Way Scholarship

This award goes to select high school seniors who have completed three of the five Project Lead the Way courses in their high school. We award $2,000 scholarships to 10 students each year.

To apply for the Clarkson University Project Lead the Way Scholarship, you must:

  • Have a minimum overall high school average of 88
  • Complete the Clarkson University admission application
  • Complete the Clarkson University Project Lead the Way Scholarship application
  • Submit an official high school transcript confirming completion of at least three Project Lead the Way courses
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher or advisor in your Project Lead the Way program
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Clarkson FIRST Scholarship

This award recognizes select high school seniors who have participated on a FIRST Robotics (FRC) or Tech Challenge (FTC) team. We award 25 FIRST Scholarships each year of up to $6,000 each.

To apply for the Clarkson University FIRST Scholarship, you must:

  • Have a minimum overall high school average of 85
  • Complete the Clarkson University admission application
  • Complete the Clarkson University FIRST Scholarship application
  • Provide a recommendation from an adult leader of your FIRST team
  • Submit an essay relating to your FIRST experience
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Clarkson University SAE Engineering Scholarship

Eight $6,000 scholarships are available to outstanding undergraduate students who plan to study engineering at Clarkson.

To apply for the SAE Engineering Scholarship, you must:

  • Have a minimum overall high school average of 90 or 3.5
  • Complete the SAE Engineering Scholarship application
  • Submit the Clarkson University admission application
  • Complete an admission interview by January 15 of your senior year
  • Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 
Conrad Foundation Scholarships

Clarkson offers two Conrad Foundation scholarships:

  • The Conrad Challenge Scholarship at Clarkson University — Finalists of the Conrad Challenge will be awarded $15,000 per year, for a total value of $60,000 over four years.
  • The Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Scholarship — All Conrad Challenge participants (non-finalists) will be awards $12,000 per year, for a total value of $48,000 over four years.

All participants in a Conrad Challenge are automatically eligible for the Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Scholarship. Conrad Challenge finalists are automatically eligible for the Conrad Challenge Scholarship. 

Federal, State, and Institutional Aid is awarded on an annual basis. It is based on full time enrollment (12 credits per semester) in both the Fall and Spring semesters. If a student is not enrolled in a semester, the aid will be pro-rated for 1 semester of attendance, i.e. 1/2 of the annual award amount. Students are not eligible to receive the annual total amount in one single semester. 

Learn more about Conrad Foundation scholarships at Clarkson.

SAGE Tuition Rewards

SAGE Tuition Rewards (Savings and Growth for Education) is a unique, private college savings program. Tuition Rewards are discounts off tuition at participating colleges that represent the minimum scholarship that an eligible student will receive if attending a member college. Students receive Tuition Rewards from multiple "sponsors" (for example, parents and grandparents). A sponsor designates the tuition rewards to students when they begin their senior year of high school. If the students do not use the tuition rewards, they are rolled back into the sponsor's account for use by other students. Clarkson counts Tuition Rewards as part of the normal institutional and merit scholarships. For more information on SAGE Tuition Rewards please visit https://secure.tuitionrewards.com/index.cfm. Clarkson must receive confirmation from SAGE of your Tuition Rewards by January 15 of your Senior Year of high school.

The Honors Program

The Honors Program offers unique academic challenges and experiential learning opportunities to prepare Clarkson University’s most promising students to lead fulfilling lives and to drive positive change in science, technology, and society. Admission to the Honors Program is highly competitive and requires a separate application. Learn more about the Honors Program application process.

Students interested in the Honors Program must complete the Honors Program application in addition to the regular admissions requirements for Clarkson University. The priority deadline for Honors is January 15. The final date to submit an Honors application, as well as all supplemental materials, is January 27. Early applications are welcome and will be reviewed as they are completed. 

Learn more about applying to the Honors Program.

Tuition Exchange for Admission Applicants

Admission applicants applying for Tuition Exchange at Clarkson University should see the Tuition Exchange Liaison at the exporting school for direction on how to apply. Tuition Exchange is not guaranteed and is very competitive at Clarkson. We typically receive approximately 75 applications but are only able to offer 8-10 TE Grants to incoming students. Preference is given to Early Decision applicants. Clarkson University offers the TE set rate of $38,000 (2020-21) to Tuition Exchange recipients. In additions, we now offer Tuition Exchange Merit Awards in the amounts of $2,000- $10,000 in addition to the Set Rate It is a tuition only scholarship. These recipients are not eligible for any other Clarkson University funded scholarships or grants. Recipients may file the FAFSA in order to be considered for additional Federal and State need-based assistance. When selecting students for Tuition Exchange, Clarkson looks at a number of factors including the admission application, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated interest in the University. Interviews are not required however they are strongly recommended. For questions or concerns, please contact Kara Pitts at kpitts@clarkson.edu.  

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