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Clark University Home > Academic Catalog

Clark University    
 
    
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Tuition and Financial Aid


General Tuition Information

If you have any questions about your bill or how to access your electronic bill, please contact the Student Accounts Office via phone 508-421-3801 or email saccounts@clarku.edu. The Student Accounts Office fax number is 508-793-7500. Clark University accepts payment in cash, checks, and online via ACH or credit card. To make an ACH check payment you will need to enter your bank’s routing (ABA) number and your checking account number. The amount of your payment will then be withdrawn from your checking account. There is no fee for paying with the ACH option. There will be a 2.75% service fee for domestic credit or debit card payments, and a 4.25% fee for international credit or debit card payments. Major credit cards accepted through this gateway are MasterCard, VISA, American Express, and Discover. International students may also pay using wire transfer through our business partner, Flywire.  Please visit Flywire’s webpage for more information. Please contact Student Accounts if you have any questions.

You may not be able to begin classes or participate in add/drop until your bill is paid, so be sure your payment is prompt.  A $100 (undergraduate students) or $100 (graduate students) late fee, as well as 1% interest per month, may be assessed to all accounts not paid by the bill due date.  Inquiries regarding late payment fees may be resolved after the account has been settled. Late fee disputes can be reviewed only if a written petition has been received. The petition should include the student’s name and ID number, the term the late fee was charged, and the circumstances to be reviewed. Your request can be emailed to your Student Account Counselor.

 

Tuition and Other Charges for Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Tuition variable
Undergraduate (Arts & Sciences) $42,800
     Tuition per unit (Undergraduate Arts & Sciences) $5,350.00
Master of Arts in Teaching (Arts & Sciences) $2,470 per unit
Master of Arts/Master of Science (Arts & Sciences) $5,355 per unit
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts & Sciences) $7,133.33 per unit
GSOM Master of Business Administration $4,225 per unit
GSOM Master of Science (MSF & MSA) $4,635 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in CD&P $4,790 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in ES&P $4,790 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Accounting $4,430 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance $4,430 per unit
School of Prof. Studies Undergraduate $1,105 per unit
School of Prof. Studies  Graduate $2,370 per unit
School of Prof. Studies  3+1+1 $18,190
Certificate in Youth Work Practice Program $6,000
Certificate in Global and Community Health $5,355 per unit
Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation $5,355 per unit
Certificate in Refugee, Displacement and Forced Migration Studies $5,355 per unit
Management Fellows Program $4,225 per unit
ALCI International (semester) $6,115
ALCI International (summer) $2,700
ALCI International (course rate part-time) $995
ALCI Community $430
ALCI Integrated $1,015
ALCI Provisional Admission Program (per course) $1,775
   
Room variable
(Residence Hall/Home)
Traditional Lifestyle Housing-Triple (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $8,150
Traditional Lifestyle Housing-Double (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $8,450
Traditional Lifestyle Housing-Single (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $10,500
Suite Lifestyle Housing-Double/Triple (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $8,730
Suite Lifestyle Housing-Single (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $10,820
Apartment Lifestyle Housing-Double/Triple (includes 5 meals per week plan) $7,540
Apartment Lifestyle Housing-Single (includes 5 meals per week plan) $9,610
Graduate Single (does not include a meal plan) $7,600
 
Board variable
For students not in a Lifestyle Housing Package who want to purchase a meal plan
All Access Plan + $4,200
All Access Plan $3,550
15 Meal Plan $3,550
15 Meal Plan + $4,200
12 Meal Plan $3,550
12 Meal Plan + $4,200
10 Meal Plan $3,550
10 Meal Plan + $4,200
 5 Meal Plan $1,810
 100 Meal Block $2,750
 (Meal Plan Descriptions)  

 

Charges That Apply to New Students Only: if applicable
Application Fee (undergraduate) $60
Contingency Deposit (undergraduate) (refundable) $50
Contingency Deposit (GSOM) (refundable) $150
Orientation Fee (undergraduate) $200
International and Early Arrival Orientation Fee (undergraduate) $250
Transfer Orientation Fee (undergraduate) $200
Spring Orientation Fee (new undergraduate students) $100
Enrollment Fee (All Graduate Students) $100
GSOM Student Services Fee $1,750
   
Other Fees: if applicable
Undergraduate Student Activity Fee $350
Graduate Activity Fee (Graduate School) $30
GSOM Activity Fee $80
IDCE Activity Fee (Additional) $50
Admin Fee for Accelerated Masters w/tuition remission (one time) $1,000
School of Prof. Studies Registration Fee (per semester) $35
Clark Student Health Insurance
***Billed in Fall Semester only***
$1,679

  

 

Normal Program and Course Load Variance

For Undergraduate Students a normal full-time academic program is eight course units per year, four course units per semester.  Students may elect to vary this pattern by taking three course units during any semester.  A course load of three units per semester is considered full-time and is billed accordingly. Juniors and seniors who have received College Board permission may choose to take up to five and a half (5.5) course units in a semester at no additional charge. Any courses approved by College Board beyond 5.5 course units will carry an additional cost.  There is also an additional cost for students who enroll in Summer courses through the School of Professional Studies. Seniors in their last semester are expected to take the necessary number of units (up to 5.5) for their degree. Full-time first-year or transfer students in their first semester at Clark University must enroll in a four-unit program. Students re-entering the University or returning from leaves of absence, also must enroll in a four-unit program during their first semester.

Graduate students are billed on a per unit basis and loads vary depending on the program.  A course load of three units per semester is considered full-time.

Refund Policy

Undergraduate General Refund Policy

A student who officially withdraws from a course or the University, or takes a leave of absence by the final day of Add/Drop will receive a 100% refund on tuition and mandatory fees, and will be charged a daily rate on room and board if those services were availed of; after Add/Drop, but before the end of the first quarter of the semester, he or she will be charged 50 percent on tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees; after the first quarter, but before the end of the second quarter, he or she will be charged 75 percent. There is no reduction in charges after the second quarter of the semester.  If a student is suspended, dismissed, or expelled from the University, there will be no reduction in charges.

Graduate General Refund Policy

General Refund Policy - Graduate Students (excludes School of Professional Studies Graduate Students) A student who officially withdraws from a course or the University, or takes a leave of absence by the final day of Add/Drop will receive a 100% refund; after Add/Drop, but before the end of the first quarter of the semester, he or she will be charged 50 percent, after the first quarter, but before the end of the second quarter, he or she will be charged 75 percent. There is no reduction in charges after the second quarter of the semester.  If a student is suspended, dismissed, or expelled from the University, there will be no reduction in charges.

Financial Aid Information 

The Office of Financial Assistance provides guidance to all students who need assistance financing their Clark education.

 

 

General Information 

Financial aid is allocated on the basis of financial need and academic performance. The Office of Financial Assistance assesses each student’s financial circumstances and need through a uniform analysis of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for federal and state funds, and the PROFILE Form for institutional funds. When required, adjustments are made in accordance with University policies and procedures. The assessment takes into account family income and assets, financial commitments to other dependents and members of the family, and other appropriate circumstances.

The University expects that a student’s resources for education will come first from family and his/her own savings and earnings. The University will make an effort to assist students in obtaining the difference between the total cost and expected family resources based on University policy, available resources and alternative financing options.

 

Student Employment 

Student employment opportunities at Clark are coordinated by the Office of Financial Assistance. At the beginning of each semester, the on-line job directory is updated with a listing of available on-campus jobs. It is important to note that an offer of Federal Work Study as part of a student’s financial-aid package is not a guarantee of that amount, but rather an opportunity for potential earnings. Students receive paychecks for actual hours worked, which can be used for personal expenses, books and supplies, or saved for future bill charges. The Office of Financial Assistance also maintains a list of on- and off-campus jobs available to students not receiving federal work-study awards.

 

Independent Sources of Aid 

All applicants for financial aid are urged to pursue independent sources of financial aid. Scholarships are often awarded to graduating seniors by high schools and/or private scholarship agencies in students’ local communities. Additional information usually is available in guidance offices or online at www.fastweb.com. The Financial Assistance section of the Clark University website also has a section dedicated to private outside scholarship information.

Any assistance received from outside sources other than Clark University must be reported to the Office of Financial Assistance. These awards may have an impact on your Clark financial-aid package depending on the source of outside assistance.

Clark’s policy for these adjustments is as follows:

For assistance based on the student’s merit or academic achievement, unmet institutional need will be filled first. Any remaining assistance will reduce loan, then work-study. If there is additional remaining assistance, it will reduce Clark funds, dollar for dollar.

Private grants/scholarships not based on merit or academic achievement (state or federal grants or tuition subsidies based on parents’ employment) will reduce Clark funds, dollar for dollar.

All Clark assistance, both merit and need-based, is applied to the cost of tuition only. If you receive funding from an additional resource exceeding the cost of tuition, your Clark award will be adjusted accordingly.   

An important source of federal financial aid is offered in the form of Federal Pell Grants. These grants, which vary in amounts, are available to certain students who demonstrate financial need according to federal methodology.

Some type of Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available to all students, regardless of need. Students may borrow up to $3,500 through a subsidized Stafford Loan their freshman year, $4,500 sophomore year and $5,500 the junior and senior years of an undergraduate program. An additional $2000 unsubsidized Stafford Loan is available to students at each grade level. Students may borrow up to $20,500 per year of a graduate program through the unsubsidized portion of the Stafford Loan. The subsidized version is limited to students who demonstrate financial need according to federal methodology. The interest rate is variable. No payments are due, or accrue interest, until after graduation or until a student is enrolled less than half time. It may be deferred for continued education. The unsubsidized version offers some of the same terms and conditions; however, interest begins to accrue during the in-school period.  Interest rates on both the Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan are variable and the interest rate is set for each academic year by July 1.

 

Loan Deferment
Only students enrolled on at least a half-time basis are eligible for student deferment status on college loans. Nonresident graduate students on a half-time basis are limited to two years of student deferment status.

 

Other Benefits 

Veteran’s benefits may be available for service veterans and children of deceased or disabled veterans. Eligibility can be determined by contacting the local Veteran’s Administration Office.

Rehabilitation assistance may be available for students who qualify for educational benefits. Information concerning rehabilitation services can be obtained at the State Rehabilitation Office.

 

Aid Awarded by Clark University 

Financial aid is awarded one academic year at a time.  You must re-apply for need-based assistance each year.  Clark University does make a commitment to entering students to maintain the level of support awarded during the first year in each subsequent year at Clark, as long as they continue to demonstrate financial need, continue to meet the standards of satisfactory academic progress, have filed all necessary application materials by the required deadlines and have not exceeded program limitations of financial aid, and as long as federal and state funding to Clark’s Office of Financial Assistance continues at the same level. Additionally, changes in family circumstances, such as number of family members in the household and number of siblings enrolled at the undergraduate level in college on at least a half-time basis will affect financial need and eligibility for aid.  Students are limited to eight semesters of Clark aid unless otherwise approved by the director based on a student appeal. 

Assistance at Clark is packaged in the form of scholarship, loan, grant and/or employment from the following sources:

  • Traina, Achievement and Jonas Clark Scholarships-awarded to incoming students based on specific academic criteria, all recipients of these scholarships are selected on the basis of information provided in the application for admission. All scholarships are renewable if a student meets certain academic criteria while at Clark University.
  • Clark University Grant - awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet the eligibility requirements set by the Office of Financial Assistance. This need-base grant program is funded by the University through the support of annual gifts and other sources of revenue. 
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants-one of the federal-aid programs available to students demonstrating exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant eligible students.
  • State Scholarships and Grants - awarded directly by the student’s state of residence to eligible full-time students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.   In most cases, students are notified directly by their state program regarding eligibility. 
  • Federal Perkins Loans-Loans made under this program are awarded based on financial need and carry a fixed 5 percent interest rate. Payment of principal and accrual of interest is deferred until after graduation or until a student is enrolled less than half time.  Continued support of this program is contingent upon the repayments of previous recipients.
  • Federal Work Study-This work program gives eligible students the opportunity to work during the school year to earn money for personal expenses, travel, books and supplies; and over the summer towards the following school year’s educational expenses. Federal Work Study is awarded to a student based on demonstrated need.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress 

Students receiving federal, state and institutional financial assistance of any type (including parent loans and most private educational loans) are required to make “satisfactory academic progress” toward completion of their degrees. Satisfactory academic progress is defined by regulations of the U.S. Department of Education as “proceeding in a positive manner toward fulfilling degree requirements.” This is differentiated from “academic probation,” which refers to students whom the institution allows to continue to be enrolled under certain academic restrictions and guidelines.   

Full-time degree seeking students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average and complete five units the first year; six units the second; and seven units each year thereafter. Full-time undergraduate students have a maximum of six years to complete a four year degree program. These requirements are prorated for less than full-time students and students attending less than a full academic year. Evaluation of satisfactory academic progress is made each year, following two consecutive terms of enrollment.

Withdrawal from a course and courses not completed are counted in the number of units attempted by the student.  When considering repeated courses, the highest grade for the repeated course is used when calculating cumulative GPA and repeated courses are also counted in the number of units attempted by the student.  Transfer units accepted and counted towards earning a Clark University degree are counted in both the number of units attempted and earned.

Students who are not meeting the requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress are no longer eligible for financial assistance, through federal, state or institutional funds.   Additionally a private educational loan cannot be certified if satisfactory academic progress is required for certification.

Students are notified in writing of their status and they do have the opportunity to appeal that status.  All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Director of Financial Assistance, stating the reason for appeal, citing specific circumstances, such as death in the family or illness, which prevented the student from making Satisfactory Academic Progress.              

If it is determined the student should be able to meet the requirements by the end of the next semester, the student may be placed on probation for one semester, during which the student is still eligible to receive financial assistance.  If more than one semester is needed to meet the requirements, the student may be placed on probation with an academic plan.   In both cases the student’s academic record is reviewed at the end of the subsequent semester for progress.    

A student may appeal his/her ineligibility for financial assistance based on Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements only once.  

Students are limited to eight undergraduate semesters of institutional (Clark) financial aid, unless otherwise approved by the director. Appeals should be made in writing to the Director of Financial Assistance.

 

Return of Title IV Funds (federal and some state financial aid) 

Title IV fund rules assume that a student earns his or her aid based on the period of time he or she remained enrolled for the term. If a student withdraws from the University before completing a semester, unearned aid, other than work-study, must be returned to the U.S. Department of Education up until after the 60-percent point in the term. After the 60-percent point in the term, the student is considered to have earned all of his or her aid.

 

Return of Institutional Financial Aid 

Students are allowed to retain institutional financial aid (Clark grants and scholarships, including academic scholarships) at the same rate that the credit-to-tuition (refund) policy is calculated. That is to say, a student leaving or withdrawing in the first tenth of a semester has earned 10 percent of his or her institutional financial aid, students leaving or withdrawing in the first quarter are allowed to retain 50 percent of their financial aid, students withdrawing during the second quarter may retain 75 percent of their aid, and students leaving or withdrawing after the second quarter may retain 100 percent of their Clark financial aid.

 

Financial Assistance for International Students 

The Admissions and Financial Aid Committee provides financial assistance to a limited number of international students each year. Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Because the University is unable to provide funding to meet the needs of all international students, offers of admission will take into account a student’s ability to pay for the cost of attending the university. International scholarships are applicable to study while in residence at Clark and generally cannot be used to participate in off-campus study programs.