Undergraduate Admissions

U.S. Students: Apply for Financial Aid

Clark CSS Code: 3279 (PROFILE)
Clark Federal School Code: 002139 (FAFSA)

Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision First-year applicants, fall admission - November 15
    (CSS Profile required by Nov. 15 for early estimate of financial aid with the admissions decision; the FAFSA and Profile must both be submitted by Feb. 1 for full consideration)
  • Regular and Early Action First-year applicants, fall admission - February 1
  • First-year applicants, spring admission - November 1
  • Transfer applicants, fall admission - May 15
  • Transfer applicants, spring admission - November 15



Step-by-Step Guide

1. Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE Form (Required for need-based institutional aid)
2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
3. Complete additional forms (specified upon request from Clark)
4. Federal Tax Return Information
5. Hints for completing the forms


1. Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE Form

If you only wish to be considered for Federal financial aid, the CSS Profile form is not required; however, for consideration for any need-based assistance funded by Clark University, submission of the CSS Profile is a requirement. 

The PROFILE is required for all prospective students applying for need-based institutional financial aid. Please note that the CSS PROFILE Form is a two-step application process involving registration for and completion of the PROFILE Form. The PROFILE Form can be completed immediately upon registration, or you can register and return to the site later to complete the form.

Register on the CSS website. Registration for the PROFILE begins in mid-October. Be sure to include Clark University's CSS code number (3279) to ensure that we receive your application.

If your biological parents are divorced, separated, or were never married you will receive an email requesting that your non-custodial parent complete a Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE. Forward this email to your non-custodial parent or provide him/her with the appropriate information so s/he can complete this form.

The deadline for submission of the PROFILE Form (and the Non-Custodial PROFILE, if applicable) is November 15 for Early Decision admission candidates and February 1 for Early Action and Regular admission candidates.

Please note there are fees for both the CSS PROFILE and the Non-Custodial Parent PROFILE.


2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA is required of all students applying for federal 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 processed form.

When filing electronically, both the student and parent will need to electronically sign the FAFSA with their FSA ID. Both the student and parent FSA ID are required in order for the FAFSA to be considered valid

The deadline for submission of the FAFSA for all admission candidates is February 1.


3. Complete additional Forms

Depending upon your family's financial situation and the information provided on the FAFSA and PROFILE Forms, Clark University may request additional forms or documentation at any time throughout 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 the Office of Financial Assistance.


4. Federal Tax Return Information

To verify eligibility for need-based assistance, Clark University requires official documentation from the IRS of all information either a parent or student submitted on their federal tax return. Acceptable documentation is obtained by linking the FAFSA to the IRS by using the Data Retrieval Tool or by requesting an official IRS Return transcript.  According to federal regulations a copy of the actual tax return is not an acceptable form of documentation.  A family applying for aid for the 2016-2017 academic year must document financial information from 2015.

Unless it is specifically requested, it is not necessary to submit 2014 federal tax information, or any information regarding state taxes to our office.

Parents and students who do not file a 2015 federal tax return will be required to submit a signed non-filers statement. Additionally, if either parent or student report earned 2015 income, copies of appropriate W2's must be submitted to verify the reported income.

Remember that the financial aid award you receive is as accurate as the information you provide on the FAFSA and PROFILE Forms. If you estimated the information on these forms, your tax information will be used to confirm or correct the data you provided.

Please note that no offer of financial aid is processed and applied against a student's billed charges until all required documents have been received and reviewed by the Office of Financial Assistance.


5. Hints for completing the forms

To complete the forms correctly, efficiently and easily, we recommend having the following documents close at hand during the process:

  • Copies of student and parent current federal tax returns (If the return is not yet completed, you should estimate, using a copy of the tax return from the previous year.)
  • W2 forms
  • Information about savings and investments
  • Information about other sources of income such as: social security benefits, child support, rental properties and real estate
  • Information about your family home and mortgage, if your family owns a home.

After reviewing the financial aid information provided here, please feel free to call the Office of Financial Assistance at (508) 793-7478 or email us. For information regarding admission and merit-based awards, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at (508) 793-7431 or (800) 462-5275 or via email.


Receipt of financial aid awards

Admission candidates who have completed the FAFSA and PROFILE Forms by February 1 and who return other requested paperwork in a timely manner should receive an award notification by mid-March. Award notifications will be made online through the admissions web portal. A paper letter, along with additional information, will follow by mail.