Office of Financial Assistance

Financial Aid and Financial Assistance


Our goal is to make the Clark experience accessible and affordable for you. For the academic year 2016-2017, Clark awarded approximately $60 million in financial assistance and 89% of undergraduates received some form of financial assistance. The Office of Financial Assistance is available to work closely with you and your family to explore a range of funding options.

We invite you to use the College Board's Net Price Calculator to provide you with an estimate of your eligibility for need-based assistance. It does not evaluate a student's eligibility for merit based scholarships. Interested in additional information about financial aid awarded to Clark students?  The Department of Education provides multi-year statistics on financial aid awarded, including student loan debt, through the College Navigator. 

Talk to us!

If Clark is your first choice college and you have a financial aid award from another academically strong institution, and it appears that the total cost to you and your family will be greater if you attend Clark, we encourage you to share that information with our Financial Assistance staff. Based on circumstances you and your family are facing, our staff can determine whether there are considerations that should be taken into account in the calculation of your need-based financial aid eligibility.

Important Dates & Deadlines

For important dates and deadlines regarding the financial aid process, please review the 18-19 Application Dates

The Value of a Clark Education

When considering the cost of higher education, many families are concerned with the return on their investment. Graduates of Clark University continue to thrive after they leave Clark whether they choose to enter the workforce or attend graduate school. The liberal arts education with a focus on research prepares students for a variety of exciting experiences. See what Clark students do after graduation.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Financial Assistance is to assist in funding students' educational objectives while administering programs within federal, state, and institutional guidelines. By counseling students and families about the programs offered and guiding them through the application process, it is our goal to make a Clark education affordable. Also, it is our intention to provide our students and other constituencies with top quality customer service, practical and useful advice, and objective guidance in their financial aid decisions.

Office of Financial Assistance Code of Conduct

The staff of the Office of Financial Assistance at Clark University is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct. We are members of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and follow the code of conduct established by NASFAA for its members.

NASFAA Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals

An institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity.

In doing so, a financial aid professional should:

Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.

Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.

Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.

Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating, or processing of student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.

Disclose to his or her institution, in such a manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interests in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.