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To qualify for and maintain federal, state, and institutional financial aid eligibility, a student

  • Must achieve the requisite GPA for merit scholarships
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (SAP) for federal and institutional need-based financial aid awards
  • Satisfy enrollment and other federal and state financial aid requirements
  • File the FAFSA annually beginning October 1
  • Be working towards their first bachelor’s degree

The value of need-based aid awards can vary from year to year when there are significant changes in the student’s need level. Changes in the number of people in the household, number of undergraduate students in the household attending college, and changes in income, earnings, and assets can affect the student’s need level as determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation and award eligibility. Renewal Criteria for awards is annual completion of the FAFSA and submission of the Clark Application. The availability of awards is subject to funding.

Types of Awards

Federal Direct Stafford Loans – Loans are repaid to the loan servicer assigned to you after the first disbursement. Repayment begins when you leave, drop below half-time, or graduate. More information can be obtained regarding loans on the NSLDS website.

Federal loan graphic showing loan amounts

Award Annual Award Notes
Federal Pell Grant $6,095 – maximum
  • EFC range $0-$5,486
  • Award varies based on EFC & Federal funding
Federal Supplemental Educations Opportunity Grant (SEOG) $2,500
  • Priority given to Pell Grant Receipts
Federal Work-Study $2,000
  • Paid a paycheck every other week.
  • Award does not guarantee a job
  • Earnings are not deducted from the bill
Award Annual Award Notes
State Grants Dependent on State
  • File a FAFSA Prior to the states Priority Filing Deadline
  • Grants vary depending on state participation
MA Gilbert Grant $2,500
  • Must be f/t undergraduate Student
  • Meet MA Residency requirements
  • Priority given to Pell Recipients
Award Annual Award Notes
Clark University Grant Varies depending on need
  •  FAFSA & Clark University Institutional Financial Aid Application required to award to first time aid applicants
  • Awarded to undergraduate day school students
Dean’s Award Determined By Admissions
  • First year applicants

Institutional merit scholarships awarded to First-Years & Transfer Students:

Fund Annual Award
Presidential Scholarship Tuition, on-campus room & board costs

Merit Scholarships:

Fund Annual Award
Traina $20,000
Robert Goddard Achievement $17,000
Jonas Clark University $14,000
Phi Theta Kappa $15,000

International Students:

Fund Annual Award
All USA $18,000
International Scholarship Determined by Admissions
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.