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Information for New Students - Freshman and Transfer

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Applying for Financial Aid

Nine out of ten Clarkson students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study jobs. We automatically consider all students for merit scholarships based on your admission application. To qualify for need-based aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Clarkson Federal School Code – 002699

The FAFSA application will ask for information from you and your parents’ (dependent students) most recent federal tax return.  We recommend you file your FAFSA after you have filed your taxes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  If this is not possible, you may file your FAFSA with estimated figures and update your information after you have filed your taxes.  You may be eligible to file or update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

Once your FAFSA is processed, you will receive a summary of your FAFSA information, called a Student Aid Report (SAR), via email if you entered an email address on your FAFSA.  If you did not enter an email address, you will receive your SAR in approximately 10 days via US Postal Service.  Please review your SAR carefully for accuracy and for any messages describing issues affecting your eligibility for federal financial aid.

If you need to make changes to your FAFSA or update the financial information you originally submitted, you may do so on-line at You will need your FSA ID and your parent's FSA ID to submit changes.  If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool but did not use it when you originally filed your FAFSA, you may do so at any time.

Based on the information you submit on the FAFSA, the Department of Education may require you to verify certain information.  Your SAR will contain a message if you have been selected.  You will also receive an email from Student Administrative Services (SAS) indicating you have been selected and informing you of the next steps. Required forms and documentation will be listed on your "To Do" list in PeopleSoft.

As a result of submitting your FAFSA, the US Department of Education will calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). We will use your EFC to determine your financial aid eligibility and create your award package.  Be sure to sign and return one copy of your Financial Aid Notification (FAN) to the Financial Aid Office.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) – New York State Residents may apply for TAP and other state scholarships by completing the FAFSA. On the FAFSA Submission Confirmation page there will be a link to the TAP application. If you do not apply for TAP at the time you filed the FAFSA you may also apply at Please note that certain scholarships awarded by New York State, such as the NYS Award for Academic Excellence, require you to submit a FAFSA annually.

Clarkson NYS TAP Code - 0120

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