Cost of Attendance 2020-2021


CU Undergrad Fees for 2020-2021

*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.

Net Price Calculator

Get an estimate of your Clarkson financial aid package using our Net Price Calculator. With some of the best starting salary and job placement rates in the country, we pride ourselves on the strong return on investment we provide our graduates, as well as on the fact that 90 percent of our students receive financial aid.

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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.
Special Clarkson Awards

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 and Regular Decision Admission by January 15 of your Senior Year. 

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

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  

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