Affording Your Education
International students are a valued part of our community, and each year a number receive financial aid to attend Clark—a reflection of the University's recognition of the importance of diversity and strong global commitment. A limited number of awards for international students are offered each year, and competition for this assistance is intense.
Note: If you are a U.S. citizen or have a green card, then you do not need a U.S. Visa and therefore are not an international student. An international student must provide proof of financial support in order to receive a visa for study in the United States.
Expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year are estimated to be about $55,000. The average award to international applicants seeking financial assistance for the 2012-13 year was slightly over $29,000, which means that most pay more than $20,000 per year in total estimated costs for their education.
The admissions process for international students is need-aware; Clark does not offer financial aid to cover the full cost of attendance. It is not unusual for the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee to deny an application on financial grounds. Several applicants each year show excellent academic records but do not demonstrate the necessary financial ability to attend Clark.
Award decisions are made during the admission process, and are based on both merit and need. International students not receiving an award at the time of admission will not be eligible to receive one in future years.
Once awarded, international scholarships will be renewed annually for a maximum of four consecutive years, contingent upon academic and individual eligibility, and will be applied toward the cost of tuition at Clark. International awards cannot be used for study abroad. Students receiving financial aid of any type are expected to remain in good academic standing and are required to make “satisfactory academic progress” toward their degree. Each student’s academic progress will be evaluated annually by the Senior Associate Dean of the College according to the following guidelines:
First Year Academic Record (second year funding): You must have at least 5 completed courses during your fist year and you must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for courses taken throughout your time at Clark.
Second Year Academic Record (third year funding): You must have at least 6 completed courses during your second year and you must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for courses taken throughout your time at Clark.
Third Year (for final year funding) & Fourth Year Academic Record: You must have at least 7 completed courses during your third year and you must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for courses taken throughout your time at Clark.
Only in very rare circumstances would we alter the amount of an international student's award.
International students are prohibited from working outside the University by the United States government. Per government regulations, on-campus employment is limited and part-time, and therefore not a significant source of income.