2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 26, 2019  
2019-2020 Academic 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 The amount of your payment will then be withdrawn from your checking account.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. Late payment fees up to $200, 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 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 2019 - 2020

Tuition variable
Undergraduate (Arts & Sciences) $46,850
     Tuition per unit (Undergraduate Arts & Sciences) $5,856.25
Master of Arts in Teaching (Arts & Sciences) $2,700 per unit
Master of Arts/Master of Science (Arts & Sciences) $5,856.25 per unit
Doctor of Philosophy (Arts & Sciences) $7,808.33 per unit for 3 units
GSOM Master of Business Administration (MBA) $4,625 per unit
GSOM Master of Science (MSM and MSMK) $4,625 per unit
GSOM Master of Science (MSA, MSBA, MSF, and MSMKA) $5,070 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts in CD&P $5,240.46 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in ES&P $5,240.46 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Accounting $4,848 per unit
Dual degree: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Finance $4,848 per unit
School of Prof. Studies Undergraduate $2,000 per unit
School of Prof. Studies Graduate & Certificate $2,835 per unit
School of Prof. Studies MPA Senior Leadership $4,635 per unit
Certificate in Youth Work Practice Program $1,000 per course max of $6,000 for 6 courses
Certificate in Global and Community Health $5,856.25 per unit
Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation $5,856.25 per unit
Certificate in Refugee, Forced Migration, and Belonging $5,856.25 per unit
Management Fellows Program $4,625 per unit
SDUST 3+1+1 Program (first year non-matic tuition) $20,664
HFUT 3+1+1 Program (first year non-matric tuition) See Undergraduate (Arts & Sciences)
ALCI International (semester) $10,300
ALCI International (summer) $4,535
ALCI Community $5
ALCI International Undergraduate Pathway Program (semester) $23,425
ALCI International Graduate Pathway Program (semester) $15,000
   
Room variable
(Residence Hall/Home)
Traditional Lifestyle Housing-Triple (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $8,850
Traditional Lifestyle Housing-Double (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $9,480
Traditional Lifestyle Housing-Single (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $11,840
Suite Lifestyle Housing-Double/Triple (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $9,780
Suite Lifestyle Housing-Single (includes either all access, 15, 12, or 10 meal plan) $11,840
Apartment Lifestyle Housing-Double $6,200
Apartment Lifestyle Housing-Single $8,550
Graduate Single (does not include a meal plan) $8,950
Blackstone Double $6,450
Blackstone Single $8,950
 
Board variable
For students not in a Lifestyle Housing Package who want to purchase a meal plan
All Access Plan + $4,590
All Access Plan $3,880
15 Meal Plan $3,880
12 Meal Plan $3,880
10 Meal Plan $3,880
 5 Meal Plan $1,980
 100 Meal Block $3,020
 (Meal Plan Descriptions)  

 

Charges That Apply to New Students Only: if applicable
Application Fee (undergraduate) $60
Contingency Deposit (undergraduate) (refundable) $50
ALCI Orientation Fee (New ALCI Academic PREP Students) $200
Orientation Fee (undergraduate) $200
IDCE Student Services fee $300
International and Early Arrival Orientation Fee (undergraduate) $250
International Immigration Fee $300
Technology Fee (Annual - non-ADP students in MSGIS Program) $500
Technology Fee (MSBA) $500
Transfer Orientation Fee (undergraduate) $200
Spring Orientation Fee (new undergraduate students) $100
Enrollment Fee (All Graduate Students) $100
GSOM Student Services Fee $1,800
Pathway Orientation Fee (fall) $150
Pathway Orientation Fee (Spring) $100
   
Other Fees: if applicable
Undergraduate Student Activity Fee (Arts/Sci) $350
Graduate Activity Fee (Graduate School) $40
GSOM Activity Fee $80
IDCE Activity Fee (Additional) $50
Pathway Student Activity Fee $175
Admin Fee for Accelerated Masters w/tuition remission (one time) $1,000 with 100% remission
School of Prof. Studies Undergraduate Registration Fee (per semester) $35
School of Prof. Studies Graduate Registration Fee (per semester) $20
Clark Student Health Insurance
***Billed in Fall Semester only***
$1,793

 

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 Prof. Studies Undergraduate Division. 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.

Refund Dates

Specific refund dates are determined by the Student Accounts office and can be found by clicking here.  Please note that dates will be adjusted for courses not offered for the full term.

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 

Undergraduate on-campus student employment opportunities at Clark are coordinated by the Career Connections Center and the Office of Financial Assistance. Throughout the academic year, a listing of available on-campus jobs is maintained through Handshake. 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. Domestic Students can work up to 25 hours a week and International students can work up to 20 hours a week on campus.

 

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 a 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. Tuition benefits will reduce Clark funds by fifty cents per every 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 could 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.

 

Loan Deferment
Only students enrolled on at least a half-time basis are eligible for student deferment status on college loans.
 

Veteran’s Affairs Benefits

The University’s programs are approved for students seeking VA benefits under the following programs:  Chapter 30 (Active Duty), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment), Chapter 32 (Veterans Education Assistance Program), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), and Chapter 35 (Survivors & Dependents).  To be considered a “covered individual” a student is required to present a certificate of eligibility or statement of benefits to the Office of Financial Assistance for Chapters 30, 32, 33, and 35 or present a VAF 28-1905 form to the Office of the Registrar for Chapter 31.  Eligibility can be determined by contacting the local Veteran’s Administration Office or the State Rehabilitation Office.

The University will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from the VA under chapter 31 or 33 in accordance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (38 USC 3679(e)).

 

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.  Full-time undergraduate Arts & Sciences (Day) are eligible to receive no more than eight semesters of Clark aid (Fall/Spring semesters) 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 undergraduate 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 undergraduate 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 undergraduate 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 Direct Stafford Loans - 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. 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 fixed and the interest rate is set for each academic year by July 1.
  • 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. This award is not deducted from the bill. The student is paid a paycheck every two weeks.

 

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. 

 

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

Federal 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 semester. 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 semester. After the 60-percent point in the semester, 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 merit scholarships) at the same rate that the credit-to-tuition (refund) policy is calculated.

Undergraduate Full-Time Refund Policy

A full-time undergraduate student who officially withdraws from 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 and Part-time Undergraduate Refund Policy

All graduate students or part-time undergraduate students 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 Assistance for International Students 

Awards are based on both academic merit and financial need. Students must complete the CSS International Profile Form to be considered for need-based Clark international grant funding. 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.