International students are a valued part of our community. Each year a select number of first-year and transfer international students receive merit scholarships and need-based grants to attend Clark — reflecting the university's recognition of the importance of diversity and strong global commitment. Competition for this financial assistance is intense.
You are an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Financial aid and admission
When you send in your admissions application, you automatically will be considered for merit scholarships, whether you are a first-year or transfer student. First-year applicants may also apply for the Presidential LEEP Scholarship and the Global Scholars Program Scholarship, each of which require a separate essay.
If you wish to be considered for need-based financial assistance, submit the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE at the time you apply. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial assistance to cover the full cost of attendance. Our admissions process is need-aware, meaning that we will deny an application on financial grounds if the CSS PROFILE indicates greater need than we will be able to provide through merit scholarships and need-based financial aid.
The CSS Profile is the only acceptable application for financial aid, and it must be submitted online to the College Board. Please refrain from emailing a copy of your application to the Admissions Office. Also, Clark doesn't accept the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA).
Estimated annual expenses
If you do not receive financial assistance, you would pay an estimated $58,239 in expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year. These expenses include fees and health insurance, which all students, even LEEP scholars, are expected to pay.
International students who do plan to apply for financial assistance are still expected to demonstrate the ability to cover a significant percentage of the cost of their education. This includes students who wish to be considered for the Presidential LEEP Scholarship or the Global Scholars Program. On average, international students at Clark pay $25,000 to $30,000 per year.
Keep in mind that you may have additional expenses, such as plane tickets and visa fees, for which we are not able to offer assistance.
International students and their families may be eligible to take out private loans. Learn more about loan options.
The U.S. government prohibits international students from working outside the university. Many international students do work on campus. However, on-campus employment is limited and part-time, and therefore should not be considered a significant source of income to pay for your educational expenses.