Financial aid handbook cites Clark's 'active discovery' and affordability

 Clark University is singled out in the “Best Bets List” included in The Financial Aid Handbook: Getting the Education You Want for the Price You Can Afford (The Career Press, Inc. 2011), by Carol Stack and Ruth Vedvik. The authors—college admission officers with more than 70 years of experience between them—include Clark in their list of 60 colleges and universities that “meet their mission and fund their favorites;” a school the authors consider “a wonderful place to get an education, where a student…could conceivably get enough financial aid to make it affordable.”

Clark receives praise from the book’s authors for its program of “active discovery” and for fostering “one of the most active student populations [they’ve] ever seen.” Clark was selected on its ability to meet the following criteria:

  • average student loan burdens did not exceed $8,000 per year;

  • selectivity was 40 percent or above;

  • average grants exceed average loans;

  • the authors knew something about the university (either through personal experience or trusted colleagues).

The authors reported about Clark’s “generous scholarship program,” and cited the University’s Making a Difference Scholarships (awarded to students who demonstrate commitment to social change) and Presidential Scholarships and Achievement Awards (awarded on the basis of traditional academic credentials and potential). For more about Clark University's admissions process and financial aid opportunities, as well as its academic, athletics and extracurricular programs, visit: