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Whether you are an incoming first-year or transfer student hoping to attend Clark in the fall, this guide will walk you through the financial aid process, including filling out and submitting various required forms.


What’s Due Deadline
Early Action/Early Decision first-year applicants, fall admission FAFSA, CSS Profile Nov. 15th
Regular Decision first-year applicants, fall admission FAFSA, CSS Profile Jan. 15th
First-year applicants, spring admission FAFSA, CSS Profile Nov. 1st
Transfer applicants, fall admission FAFSA, CSS Profile Rolling March 1st- June 1st
Transfer applicants, spring admission FAFSA, CSS Profile Nov. 15th

Clark Codes

CSS Profile

Code: 3279


Code: 002139

Steps to Take

• The CSS PROFILE form is required if you wish to be considered for need-based aid from Clark University. If you decide to fill it out, go to Step 2.

• The CSS PROFILE form is not required if you intend only to be considered for federal financial aid. Go to Step 3.

• Beginning in early-October, you may start completing the CSS PROFILE Form through a two-step application process: registering for the form and completing the form. You may register for the form via the CSS website and complete it immediately or return later to do so.

• Be sure to include Clark’s CSS code number of 3279 so that we receive your application.

•If your biological parents are separated, divorced, or never married, both your biological/adoptive parents will complete their own CSS profile. Each parent will access and pay for their own CSS Profile with different login credentials. The Non-custodial parent will need to create a College Board account before providing his/her information. It is highly recommended that the student and custodial parent complete the CSS profile first, as the noncustodial parent cannot submit information until the student selects a school that requires submission of the noncustodial parent information.  

In cases of special circumstance, when you are unable to have the CSS Profile completed by your noncustodial parent, you may submit a Non-Custodial Parent Waiver Request Form directly to our office. With your custodial parent, complete this form to the best of your ability, writing clearly and providing any necessary documentation that will support your request for a waiver. Submitting this request to our office does not automatically guarantee that we have waived the noncustodial parent requirement.

• Required of all students applying for federal financial aid.

• FAFSA form is available Oct. 1.

• Be sure to include Clark’s federal school code of 002139 so that we receive the processed form.

• Both you and your parent will need FSA IDs (Federal Student Aid IDs) to sign and validate the FAFSA.

• For Early Action and Early Decision candidates, the deadline for submission of the FAFSA is Nov. 15. Regular Decision candidates must submit the FAFSA by Jan. 15. For transfer students, the deadline is May 15.

Clark University does not utilize IDOC or collect copies of tax forms like the 1040. We encourage all tax filers to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA to streamline the application process and reduce the amount of documentation we may need now or in the future. The IRS Data Retrieval option is available when completing the 2019/2020 FAFSA as students, parents or guardians will use their 2017 financial information as filed with the IRS to complete the FAFSA and the CSS profile.

• Depending on your family’s financial situation and the information provided on your FAFSA and PROFILE Forms, Clark University may request additional forms or documentation at any time during the application process.

• Financial aid applications will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed for aid eligibility until all items requested have been received by Clark University’s Office of Financial Assistance.

• If you are an incoming first-year student, you should receive an award letter shortly after your offer of admission from Clark University if you completed the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE Forms by the deadline (Nov. 15 for EA/ED applicants and Jan. 15 for Regular applicants) and returned other requested paperwork in a timely manner. If you are a transfer student, you should receive an award letter with your offer of admission in June if you completed the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE forms by May 15.

• If you completed your forms after the deadlines, your forms will be reviewed in the order of completion, and you will receive an award letter as soon as possible. Note that Clark awards its institutional financial aid based on the aid applications that are complete as of the deadline; Clark funding may be limited or unavailable to late applicants, so it is important to apply by the deadline if you wish to be considered for all possible sources of funding.

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 by appointment only.