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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

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Students Returning from a Year of Service
Support and Scholarships in Uncertain Times


Gain skills and experience while pursuing your passion

Clark is committed to supporting students who have volunteered for service in organizations such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and City Year, especially if your experience has been affected by the pandemic. If you are a returning volunteer, we encourage you to investigate our master’s programs, including our International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) program, and reach out to departmental resources to determine your best pathway forward.

Support for Service Volunteers:

In addition to IDCE’s ongoing 50% Coverdell fellowships for RPCVs, IDCE is increasing scholarship aid for tuition remission of up to 75% for service volunteers.

Additional Support

  • Aid for other Clark master’s degrees: Clark has extended our 50% Coverdell fellowships to all master’s level programs.
  • Academic Fellowship Awards: Each year, IDCE awards a 100% fellowship for graduate study, awarded in April.
  • Admissions Process Accommodations: Application deadlines have been suspended, and applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Priority Application Processing will be offered to all service volunteers, and decisions for completed applications will be returned within two weeks.View Application Information
  • Application Fee Waiver: Application fees will be waived for all service volunteer’s. While filling out the online application, select “Yes” from a drop-down menu when asked, “Will you be receiving any outside (non-Clark) sources of assistance, including financial assistance from your employer.” Under the “Please Specify” box, select “Peace Corps.” This will qualify you for the application fee waiver.
  • GRE Testing: IDCE does not require the GRE test. Testing waivers for other master’s degree programs may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Advising and Connections with Clark RPCV faculty & students: Throughout your application and transition process you can connect with faculty and students who know firsthand the challenges of Peace Corps re-entry.
  • Low Cost of Living: Clark’s Worcester campus location offers all of the advantages of a large and diverse city with a lower cost of living versus other metropolitan areas. Worcester is 1 hour from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City.

Calculate the cost of an ICDE master’s:

  • 10 Unit Degree Program Cost: $60,350
  • 50% Coverdell Program Cost:  $30,175
  • Tuition Remission 65% – Program Cost: $21,123
  • Tuition Remission 75% – Program Cost:  $15,088

Interested in an International Development, Community, and Environment program?