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Follow these steps to apply for all sources of financial aid:FAFSA

1Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1.  You should complete a FAFSA for every year you are enrolled in college. Filers now have the ability to directly import IRS tax data into their FAFSA. Families that import and do not change their IRS data are much less likely to be selected for federal verification (an audit).  Importing data also allows Student Financial Services to process your aid application in a timely manner. 2014-15 FAFSA tutorial video

2First-time, incoming students are AUTOMATICALLY considered for most Clarion University scholarships, many of which are NOT need-based.


You can also be considered for any Clarion University scholarships that ARE need-based by filing your FAFSA by March 1.


First time Pennsylvania state grant applicants who have filed a FAFSA will receive an email from the Pennsylvania State Grant Agency (PHEAA) asking them to link to PHEAA to complete the online PA State Grant Status Notice form. After completing the online form, be certain to print, sign, and return the signature page to PHEAA.


If you are selected for federal or state verification, complete and submit the requested financial aid form as soon as possible.

6Apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, if needed. (Unlike the FAFSA, this is not an annual requirement – once you complete the loan forms, they are viable for 10 years). First-time applicants should sign in; then complete BOTH the Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note.

7If needed, apply for PLUS and private loans after July 15. Our computerized system will not retrieve loans submitted before this date and you will have to reapply for the loan.


Enroll in the tuition payment plan (if needed) over the summer.


We encourage all students to investigate scholarship opportunities on their own. Check in your own community, or utilize a scholarship search program such as FastWeb.