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Other Sources of Aid

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Need-Based Grants
Clarkson Grants
Work Study
Financing Options
Scholarship Searches
Other Financial Aid Resources

Applying for financial aid is easier than you might think. When you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), we will check your eligibility for federal, state and institutional need-based programs.

Need-Based Grants
Need based grants include:

  • Federal Grants
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Learn more about these government-sponsored programs (PDF).

State Grants
New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships are available for students that meet residence, income, academic, or other requirements, as established by state law.  If you are from New York State, once you complete the FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC).  If you have never received a state award before, or if NYSHESC needs more information, you will be sent an Express TAP Application to complete.

An estimated NYS TAP award may be included as part of your financial aid awards, however the state’s notification is your official approved award.  Some students may also be selected for state-sponsored awards such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship or the NYS Leaders of Tomorrow award.   

More information about NYS financial aid programs is available at

Clarkson Grants
When you file the FAFSA, we will automatically check your eligibility for a Clarkson Grant. These awards are based on strong potential for success and financial need.

Work Study
If you have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, you are eligible to work under the Federal Work Study Program. You will have the opportunity to seek jobs at various sites on and off campus. Federal Work Study money is allocated to the University by the federal government and jobs are contingent upon funding.  Once you find a job, you will be added to the University payroll and paid bi-weekly by check.

If you do not qualify for Federal Work Study, you may be considered for the University Work Program to work on campus.

Learn more about student employment and see job listings.

Scholarship Searches
We encourage you to apply for additional scholarships. We will not reduce our scholarship/grant offer if you receive outside scholarships, unless the total amount of your scholarship money from all sources exceeds Clarkson's cost.  Please note, ROTC scholarships are not designated as outside scholarships and your Clarkson awards may be adjusted to accommodate room and board incentives.

Sources for scholarships include:

  • Your high school guidance office
  • Student and parent employers
  • Online searches

Financing Options
For an overview of financing options, please refer to the Clarkson University Financing Plan Packet, which contains information about:

  • Clarkson University’s Payment Plan
  • Federal student Loans
  • Federal parent Loans
  • Alternative student loans

Financial Aid Resources

  • College Financing Calculators
  • New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (TAP)

U.S. Department of Education Student Guide