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How do I apply for need-based financial aid and/or scholarships?
I don't think I'll qualify for need-based aid. Should I bother to file the FAFSA?
Does Clarkson offer merit scholarships?
Does Clarkson require the CSS Profile?
What is Clarkson's Federal School Code?
How much does Clarkson cost?
Will there be an increase in cost each year?
Our Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA is higher than we can realistically afford. What can we do?
What kinds of financial assistance are available?
Does Clarkson offer athletic scholarships?
If I receive scholarships on my own, how will they affect my financial aid?
Are grants and scholarships renewable?
What are Title IV Funds?
Do I have to complete the Student Authorization of Title IV Funds Form even if I do not have federal grants or loans?


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-$11,000. 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 2012-2013 academic year, Clarkson's billable costs (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) are:


Tuition

$37,770

Housing (two persons)

$6,640

Meals

$5,894

Fees

$840

Comprehensive Undergraduate
Full-Time Total*

$51,144

*Costs apply to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. See also international students cost.
We also estimate a cost of $3,886 for books, supplies, travel and personal expenses.

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 statuatory 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.