1. What are the costs?
2. How do I apply for financial aid?
:: File a FAFSA by May 1. To be considered for Clarion University scholarships that are need-based, file your FAFSA by March 1. The U.S. Department of Education is encouraging all students and families to take full advantage of the ability to directly import IRS tax data from 2012 federal income tax returns into the 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Families that import and do not change their IRS tax data are much less likely to be selected for federal verification (audit) process. This will enable the Office of Financial Aid to process aid applications in a much timelier manner.
:: Complete the online PA State Grant Status Notice form
:: Apply for a Federal Direct Loan (student loan) if needed. (Go to studentloans.gov. Sign in. Complete the Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note).
::Apply for a Federal PLUS (parent loan) (if needed); private loan (if needed); or enroll in the tuition payment plan (if needed) over the summer. Please apply for PLUS and private ::loans after July 15th. Our computerized system will not "pick up" loans submitted before this date, and you will have to re-apply for the loan.
The tuition payment plan is managed by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). (Phone 1-800-722-4867) Information on the plan will be enclosed with the fall bill.
:: First-time incoming students are automatically considered for most Clarion University scholarships on application to the University, but we encourage all students to investigate scholarship opportunities on their own.
:: Submit any requested documents in a timely manner if you are selected for federal or state verification.
3. What kind of aid is available?
4. When and how will I receive my aid?
To ensure accurate refunds, financial aid will be disbursed to students AFTER the drop/add deadline. The first disbursement of spring financial aid to students' accounts will take place after drop/add. Student refunds will then be processed for mailing and direct deposit. Students participating in direct deposit will receive refunds sooner than those who do not. Information on direct deposit is here.