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Clark provides various financial aid opportunities to international undergraduate students. 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.

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 Scholarship, which requires 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. 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).

International Graduate Students

Clark does not offer financial assistance directly to graduate-level international students. International graduate students may be eligible to apply for loans

If you do not receive financial assistance, you would pay an estimated $67,000 in expenses for the 2021-2022 academic year. These expenses include fees and health insurance, which all students are expected to pay. This figure assumes that students live in our standard rooms and participate in the standard meal plan. Individual choices regarding room and meal plan options may affect your overall costs.

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 Scholarship. On average, international students at Clark pay at least $40,000 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 borrow from private lenders with a credit-worthy U.S. CosignerLearn 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.

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.