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Learn about the Student Financial Services Cycle

We’re excited that you have chosen Clarion University for your college education!  We’re here to help you navigate through the next steps – making your affordable education even more so. Below is an overview of the financial aid/billing/payment process. Our other pages and the links within them will give you step-by-step instructions.

1 Learn the cost of attending Clarion University.

2 Learn more about (when and how to apply for) specific types of financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans and student employment). Prior to applying, Clarion's Net Cost Calculator, or the federal financial aid Forecaster, can give you an idea of how much, and what types of aid you might be eligible for. Tip sheet

3Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  (FAFSA) by May 1st. View a video on how to complete the 2014-15 FAFSA.

Freshmen/first time PA state grant applicants MUST complete the PA State Grant application at If you are selected for federal verification (an audit), submit the appropriate form as soon as you can.

4Apply for loans, if needed. Incoming students interested in a Federal Direct Student Loan should complete BOTH entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note at

5Review or plan what your actual out-of-pocket costs will be (how much you will owe Clarion for tuition, fees, room, meal plan, parking permit) after all sources of financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans)  have been applied to your account. Final costs for tuition and fees are established in late July/early August, and are posted to your MyClarion account if you have scheduled. Estimated financial aid will also be posted to your account. If your aid does NOT cover your charges, consider the payment plan, a PLUS loan, or a private loan.  Information on adjustments to financial aidInformation on financial aid limits.

6 View your bill online, and pay your charges.  Payments choices are outlined here. Frequently asked questions about the new convenience fees are here. Visual instructions on how to make online payments on MyClarion are here.

Refunds will be processed after the drop/add period. Information about adjustments to financial aid is here.

7 Re-apply for financial aid each year by filing a renewal FAFSA by May 1st.  Keep in mind that you need to make satisfactory academic progress toward your degree to be eligible for aid next year.