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Financial Aid Appeal for Returning Undergraduate Students

If your family’s financial circumstances have changed since submitting your financial aid application or your financial aid application does not accurately reflect your family’s ability to pay for college, then you are welcome to submit an appeal. The financial aid appeal process is currently closed and will reopen when the 2024-2025 financial aid awards are released.


What if my parents will not assist me financially in college?

Financing your college education is a family responsibility.  Most undergraduate students are considered dependent of their parents for financial aid purposes. To be considered an independent student for the purposes of receiving financial aid you must be over the age of 24, married, enrolled in a graduate program, on active duty, a veteran, support children or other legal dependents, be an orphan, ward of the court or in foster care since the age of 13, be an emancipated minor, in a legal guardianship, be an unaccompanied youth as documented by your high school or Housing and Urban Development office or be at risk of homelessness as documented under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  If you feel that other circumstances may qualify you to be considered an independent student, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance.  Note that self-sufficiency alone is not a valid reason to be considered an independent student.

Contact Information

Office of Financial Assistance

Mailing Address
  • Clark University
    Office of Financial Assistance
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610

  • 1-508-793-7478
  • 1-508-793-8802 (Fax)
  • finaid[at]clarku[dot]edu
Office Hours
  • Monday – Friday

    8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.