Office of Financial Assistance

Financial Aid and Financial Assistance at Clark University

Special Circumstances

If your family's financial circumstances have changed since filing your application for financial aid we may be able to evaluate your eligibility for additional financial aid. Successful appeals are usually based on a significant change in family financial circumstances that have occurred after you submitted your application for aid and all financial aid application requirements have been meet in a timely manner, to include IRS Data Retrieval processed via the FAFSA. The committee will review appeals, and a final decision will be made only after all renewal and new applications have been processed. You can contact our office to discuss circumstances under which we may be able to reconsider the financial aid award. Additional documentation will be required. Bills need to be paid in full regardless of the status of a Special Circumstance.

My parents will not assist me financially in college

 

At Clark, as at many other institutions, we believe that financing your college education is a family responsibility to the extent that your family is able to help you. Undergraduates who have living parents will generally be required to file as dependent students.  You may not file as an independent undergraduate student unless you have highly unusual extenuating circumstances. You will need to speak with a financial aid officer at Clark before filing your FAFSA to determine if your circumstances warrant filing as an independent for financial aid purposes.