Office of Financial Assistance

Financial Aid and Financial Assistance at Clark University

U.S. Students: Application for Renewal of Need-Based Financial Aid

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Complete Clark Application for Financial Aid
  3. Parent and Student Tax Documentation
  4. Complete Any Additional Forms (upon request from Clark)
  5. Receiving Your Financial Aid Award

1. Complete your Renewal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

This form is required of all students applying for need-based financial aid. The FAFSA form is available January 1. Clark University’s federal school code is 002139; be sure to include this number on the FAFSA to ensure that we receive the form.

When you are completing the Renewal FAFSA online you and your parents will each need a pin number to sign the FAFSA electronically; if you do not have your pin number from a previous year you may request a FAFSA pin to be emailed to you. For more information about the FAFSA and the application process, you should view the Guide to Completing the FAFSA.

Clark’s deadline for submission of the FAFSA is April 22.

2. Complete Clark Application for Financial Aid

Download the Clark Application Form. This form is required for all returning students applying for renewal of their need-based financial aid. The Clark Application for Financial Aid is available on our website or by accessing your CUWeb account. The Clark Application may be completed and mailed to the Office of Financial Assistance, 950 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610 or faxed to: 508-793-8802.

The deadline for submission for the Clark Application for Financial Aid is April 22.

3. Parent and Student Tax Documentation

When completing the Renewal FAFSA, we require all applicants, who are able to do so, to use the IRS Data Retrieval option. Using the retrieval process may simplify the process of reapplying for aid by providing accurate financial information directly from the IRS.  Returning students who are reapplying for need-based assistance are not required to submit the most recent copies of federal tax returns or W2s unless specifically requested to do so.  Additionally it is not necessary to submit copies of 2014 tax documents or copies of state income tax returns unless these documents are specifically requested.  Any copies of tax documents submitted, which are not requested, will be shredded and not kept on file. 

4. Additional Forms or Documentation Requested

The Financial Assistance Office may notify you at anytime during the academic year that additional forms and/or documentation must be submitted. 

Both parents and students who report earned income for 2014, but are not required to file a federal income tax return will be required to submit a non-filers statement.  This statement will require you to list the source(s) of all earned income from 2014 and to submit any applicable W2s, along with the signed statement.

5. Receipt of financial aid awards

Returning students who file the FAFSA and submit required documents by the April 22 deadline will receive their award letters in mid-June. The first award letter of the year will be mailed to the student’s home address. Notification of changes to the award will be sent to the student’s Clark email address.

Students for whom additional information is requested or who complete after the deadline will be awarded in the order applications were completed and should allow approximately two weeks after completion of a file for receipt of an award letter.

All returning students will receive a Stafford Loan Processing Form with their award letters. Students need to complete and send this form back to the Office of Financial Assistance only if they wish to decline any portion of their offered award.