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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
  • Working towards first bachelor’s degree

The value of need-based aid awards can vary from year to year when there are significant changes in the students 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 students 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 at www.nslds.ed.gov.

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
  • CSS Profile & FAFSA 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 Notes
LEEP Scholarship Tuition, on-campus room & board costs
  • GPA 3.0
  • 1st years
  • Contact Admissions for Application Process

Merit Scholarships:

Fund Annual Award Notes
Traina $20,000
  • GPA 3.0
Achievement $15,000
  • GPA 2.7
Jonas Clark University $10,000
  • GPA 2.0
Phi Theta Kappa $15,000
  • GPA 2.7
  • Transfer Students only

Phi Theta Kappa:

Fund Annual Award Notes
All USA $18,000
  • GPA 3.0
  • Transfer Students Only
Global Scholarship Determined by Admissions
  • GPA 3.0
International Scholarship Determined by Admissions
  • GPA 3.0

Students must maintain the cumulative GPA indicated on the following schedule:

  • First Year Academic Record (second year funding): You must have at least 7 completed courses during your first year; 6 must be graded and you must have earned the cumulative GPA indicated or higher for courses taken throughout your time at Clark.
  • Second Year Academic Record (third year funding): You must have at least 8 completed courses during your second year; 6 must be graded and you must have earned the cumulative GPA indicated or higher for courses taken throughout your time at Clark.
  • Third Year (for final year funding) & Fourth Year Academic Record: You must have at least 8 completed courses during your third year; 7 must be graded and you must have earned the cumulative GPA indicated or higher for courses taken throughout your time at Clark.

** Students must maintain the cumulative GPA indicated in addition to successfully completing at least five courses their first year, six courses their second year and seven courses each year thereafter.