Whether you are an incoming first-year or transfer student hoping to attend Clark in the fall, this guide will walk you through the financial aid process, including filling out and submitting various required forms.
Early Action/Early Decision first-year applicants, fall admission:
Nov. 15: FAFSA, CSS Profile
Regular Decision first-year applicants, fall admission:
Jan. 15: FAFSA, CSS Profile
First-year applicants, spring admission: Nov. 1
Transfer applicants, fall admission: May 15
Transfer applicants, spring admission: Nov. 15
STEP 1: Decide whether you should complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE form
• The CSS PROFILE form is required if you wish to be considered for need-based aid from Clark University. If you decide to fill it out, go to Step 2.
• The CSS PROFILE form is not required if you intend only to be considered for federal financial aid. Go to Step. 3.
STEP 2: If you decide to fill out the CSS PROFILE Form …
• Beginning in early-October, you may start completing the CSS PROFILE Form through a two-step application process: registering for the form and completing the form. You may register for the form via the CSS website and complete it immediately or return later to do so.
• Be sure to include Clark's CSS code number of 3279 so that we receive your application.
• If your biological parents are divorced, separated or never married but are living separately, you will receive an email requesting that your noncustodial parent complete a Noncustodial PROFILE. Forward this email to your noncustodial parent or provide him/her with the appropriate information so s/he can complete this form.
• The deadlines to submit the CSS PROFILE Form (and the Noncustodial PROFILE, if applicable) are Nov. 15 for Early Action and Early Decision admission candidates, Jan. 15 for Regular Admission candidates and May 15 for Transfer students.
• There are fees for both the CSS PROFILE and the Noncustodial PROFILE.
STEP 3: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Required of all students applying for federal financial aid.
• For Early Action and Early Decision candidates, the deadline for submission of the FAFSA is Nov. 15. Regular Decision candidates must submit the FAFSA by Jan. 15. For transfer students, the deadline is May 15.
STEP 4: Federal Tax Return Guidance
Clark University does not utilize IDOC or collect copies of tax forms like the 1040. We encourage all tax filers to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA to streamline the application process and reduce the amount of documentation we may need now or in the future. The IRS Data Retrieval option is available when completing the 2018/2019 FAFSA as students, parents or guardians will use their 2016 financial information as filed with the IRS to complete the FAFSA and the CSS profile.
STEP 5: Complete additional forms requested by Clark
• Depending on your family's financial situation and the information provided on your FAFSA and PROFILE Forms, Clark University may request additional forms or documentation at any time during the application process.
• Financial aid applications will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed for aid eligibility until all items requested have been received by Clark University's Office of Financial Assistance.
STEP 6: If you are admitted to Clark, you will receive your financial aid award
• If you are an incoming first-year student, you should receive an award letter shortly after your offer of admission from Clark University if you completed the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE Forms by the deadline (Nov. 15 for EA/ED applicants and Jan. 15 for Regular applicants) and returned other requested paperwork in a timely manner. If you are a transfer student, you should receive an award letter with your offer of admission in June if you completed the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms by May 15.
• If you completed your forms after the deadlines, your forms will be reviewed in the order of completion, and you will receive an award letter as soon as possible. Note that Clark awards its institutional financial aid based on the aid applications that are complete as of the deadline; Clark funding may be limited or unavailable to late applicants, so it is important to apply by the deadline if you wish to be considered for all possible sources of funding.
STEP 7: Complete your Award Acceptance Agreement Form