Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
Except for some loan programs, you must show that you have financial need in order to receive financial aid. Financial need is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and your cost of attendance. You must also meet certain education requirements, including:
In addition, you may be eligible for a repeated course if you need to meet a minimum academic standard for a particular previously passed course, such as a minimum grade.
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Financial Aid Fraud
Clark State Community College follows established guidelines for the prevention, identification and response to indications of financial aid fraud and identity theft.
Financial Aid Fraud
Falsifying information either on the Clark State application for admission or on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is also considered to be fraudulent.
Based on guidance issued by the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Education, Clark State has instituted procedures designed to identify those students who may be committing financial aid fraud or be at risk of being a victim of this crime.
Response to Financial Aid Fraud or Identify Theft
In cases where Clark State finds that there is significant reason to be concerned that financial aid fraud is occurring, the College has an obligation to refer that information to the Office of The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education. In these instances the College will leave the hold in place until instructed by the Department of Education that it is appropriate to lift the hold.
Students who are victims of identity theft and/or financial aid fraud are urged to file a police report and seek assistance from appropriate authorities outside of the College. Learn more about identity theft.
How Much Does It Cost?
How much does it cost to go to Clark State? Less than you might think. Our tuition is one of the lowest in Ohio. But even with our low tuition, why spend money when you don't have to? See if you qualify for financial aid assistance.
The State of Ohio provides 40 percent of the College's revenue through two state subsidies: the State Share of Instruction and Access Challenge. The rest of the College's revenue come primarily from tuition and fees.
Visit the College Calendar for important registration and payment dates.
*The general fee is used to support the student health service, commuter centers, Student Senate and publications, student cultural programs and other student services other than Admissions.
If you need assistance with tuition, the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. By filing the FAFSA, you will be considered for all aid for which you might be eligible. You and your parent (if you are a dependent) will also apply for a PIN. With a PIN you and your parent can sign your application electronically, check the status of your application and make any corrections to your FAFSA form.
You must complete the FAFSA even if you feel you may only qualify for loans. You also may be requested to complete a FAFSA if you are applying for certain scholarships. You should complete the FAFSA at least two months prior to starting classes or as soon as your federal tax return is completed. You will need to reapply for financial aid each year. If you need help completing the FAFSA or need more information on financial aid, please contact us.
Once your FAFSA has been completed and electronically signed, you will submit it to the U.S. Department of Education, which will determine your EFC and determine your eligibility. Each school that you have listed on your FAFSA will get the results of your FAFSA.
What Happens After I Complete the FAFSA?
Once your financial aid has been processed, you will receive an e-mail notification that your Financial Award Letter is available for review. To view your Financial Aid Award Letter, please visit the Student Menu in WebAdvisor on the myClarkState portal. Log in using the userid provided to you on your acceptance letter or on your class schedule. If you are a new student and have not registered yet, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly.
Financial Aid Forms
If you have been selected for verification, you can obtain a tax transcript from the IRS, and one will be sent to you in 5-10 business days.
Types of Financial Aid
If your family taxable income does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline, you may be eligible for Student Support Services.
Financial Aid FAQs
You can pay tuition and fees in the Cashier's Office by cash, check, MasterCard, VISA and DISCOVER. The Cashier's Office accepts payments in person, by mail, through the drop box located at the front entrance of Rhodes Hall, by telephone (credit card only) and online through WebAdvisor (limited to returning students). The Cashier's Office is located in Rhodes Hall, Room 211.
Pay online now by visiting WebAdvisor.
Delayed Payment Plan
Your first payment will include one-fourth of your fees (rounded to the nearest dollar) plus a $25 service charge and should be paid by the fee payment deadline. The balance is divided into three equal monthly payments. If you are registering after the fee payment deadline, you will need to make your first payment when you register. Please remember that the second payment will be due one month from the first fee payment deadline.
Refunds of instructional, general, laboratory and technology fees will be made according to the following schedule. All drops or withdrawals must be in writing and are effective on the date received by the Records and Registration Office.
Refunds are not issued for late fees, auxiliary services fees or Delayed Payment Plan service charges. For certain programs, liability insurance is required to be purchased. For these programs, a lab fee is assessed for this coverage. The coverage will remain in effect until the expiration of your insurance contract.
Direct Deposit for Refunds
Sign-up for direct deposit in WebAdvisor by clicking the Bank Information/Non-Payroll link under the Student Financial Information. If you don't currently have a checking or savings account, the College can assist you in getting one.
Financial Aid Refund Policy
Any student receiving Federal Title IV funds will be subject to the following policy regarding the return of Federal Title IV funds:
Please note that students are responsible for any balance owed to Clark State Community College as a result of the repayment of federal aid funds.
Standards of Academic Progress
Clark State is required by federal law to establish and publish standards for measuring a student’s academic progress for the purpose of receiving federal financial aid. Students are required to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of a degree or certificate. The financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) is applied to the following financial aid programs:
This policy is applied to the student’s entire academic record and regardless of whether they have previously received federal financial aid. In addition, Clark State’s Fresh Start Program has no bearing on the SAP policy. Please read these standards carefully. It is the responsibility of the student to understand and adhere to these standards. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office.
This policy includes three components:
Completion of attempted credit hours
Grade Point Average
Maximum Timeframe to Complete a Degree or Certificate
Financial Aid Warning
Financial Aid for the upcoming term will not be released until grades have been evaluated. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the cashier’s office for tuition and fees.
Financial Aid Appeal Process
The student may also be advised that they must adhere to an academic plan as outlined by the committee. Students must follow the academic plan each semester until an overall SAP status is achieved.
Students will be notified in writing of the appeal decision and of the terms and conditions of the appeal. Students must meet the conditions of the appeal each semester until they have regained SAP. Failure to meet conditions will result in a second suspension. If a student is suspended a second time there is no appeal available.
Students may appeal a maximum timeframe termination if an academic advisor documents that the student can complete their program in a maximum of two additional terms. Students must take only classes needed to complete their degree.
No Appeal or Denied Appeal
Fresh Start and Re-Entry
Effective: Fall Quarter 2011
Grants are a form of gift financial aid. You are not required to repay a grant.
The Ohio Board of Regents announced that state funding for the Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) and the Ohio Instructional Grant (OIG) to students at community colleges will not be available for academic year 2012-13. A student's Pell Grant and/or Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must be applied toward tuition/fees and books first.
More than $250,000 in scholarships are awarded annually to new and returning Clark State students. These scholarships are awarded for financial need, academic performance or a specific program of study to both full-time and part-time students. Scholarships generally open each January for the upcoming year.
Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance Program
Choose Ohio First Scholarship
Ohio War Orphans
Ohio Academic Scholarship
Ohio National Guard
Clark State Foundation
It is the Clark State Foundation's vision that no one will be denied an education because of financial need.
Ohio ranks 41st in the United States in its support to higher education. As a result, Ohio's tuition ranks the 9th highest in the country. Not surprisingly, Ohio's college attendance rates are low, and within our own community, less than 15 percent of adults have completed college.
Although Clark State's tuition for a full-time student is still approximately $3,500 a year, that figure puts college out of reach for many. Most of Clark State's students are in their mid-twenties to mid-forties, juggling jobs and families, and therefore facing many personal and financial challenges in trying to acquire an education.
Foundation scholarships help remove the financial barriers allowing students to earn the education that will provide a better life for themselves and their children.
Donors of restricted or endowed scholarships can establish special criteria to be used in selecting the recipients, such as county of residence, program major, grade point average, financial need, etc. The Foundation also appreciates unrestricted gifts which fund the Foundation Community Commitment scholarships. The Scholarship Committee will determine the scholarship(s) for which an applicant is eligible.
Each year, the Clark State Foundation raises funds to help students attend college. Visit the Clark State Foundation web site to learn more.
Choose Ohio First Scholarship
Dayton Collaborative Choose Ohio First Scholarships are multi-year renewable scholarships, varying in amounts from $1,500 to $4,700 annually (amount based on a student’s full-time or part-time status). The scholarships are awarded to promising undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine (STEMM).
The Dayton Collaborative Choose Ohio First Institutions
These higher education institutions are partnered with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and nearly 500 representatives from government, industry and health care:
STEMM scholars are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and to participate in designated "learning-by-doing" experiences (internships, co-ops, service learning/civic engagement, undergraduate research, etc.). It is the goal of the Dayton Region Collaborative to provide experiences linked to the Research Scholars Program. COF scholars across the Dayton region, for example, would have the opportunity to spend a summer or an intersession working with Research Scholars, then spend the following summer or intersession working with business and industry partners. Attractive internship and/or opportunities for clinical experiences will be available through WPAFB-AFRL, NASA Glenn, the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Qbase, local and regional hospitals, and numerous other sites.
How to Apply
Return completed application (PDF) to the Clark State Admissions Office by the stated deadline.
Choose Ohio First Majors
Advanced Computer Networking Option
Beginning Summer Quarter 2010, Clark State will process Federal Stafford and Parent PLUS Loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program instead of the Federal Family Education Loan program (FFEL).
President Obama proposed that the Federal Direct Loan Program be mandatory for all schools, eliminating the FFEL Program. This legislation became law on March 30, 2010, and takes effect for the 2010-2011 academic year. In light of this legislation, the U.S. Department of Education has required all schools to participate in the Direct Loan Program.
The major difference between the FFEL and the Federal Direct Loan Program is the source of funding. Students and schools will receive loan disbursements directly from the U.S. government instead of a bank or credit union.
Always use federal loans first because they generally carry lower, fixed interest rates and often have more favorable terms than private loans. If you need to use a private loan, do your own investigating to receive the best rates and benefits.
Most loans to students are disbursed via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Funds are applied directly to the student account to pay for any outstanding charges. Any excess loan funds are disbursed to the student (for Stafford loans) or the parent (for Plus loans). You may request to use direct deposit for any refund balance. See Payment Options for details.
Federal Stafford Loans
The Federal Stafford Loans are designed to assist a student in paying for educational expenses through a low interest loan program.
A "dependent" student is eligible to request a maximum of $5,500 per year for the first year of undergraduate study (of which no more than $3,500 can be subsidized) and $6,500 for the second year (of which no more than $4,500 can be subsidized).
An "independent" student is eligible to request a maximum of $9,500 for the first year of undergraduate study (of which no more than $3,500 can be subsidized) and $10,500 for the second year (of which no more than $4,500 can be subsidized).
How to Apply
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
How do I apply?
Do I have to complete Loan Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN)?
What are the benefits of the Federal Direct Loan Program?
Are there any differences in interest rates and fees between FFEL and Direct Loans?
What happens to the Stafford/PLUS Loans I borrowed in previous years?
How will repayment be handled if I have both FFEL and Direct Loans?
Where can I find information about who services my federal student loans?
Will I still be able to borrow alternative loans through a lender of my choice?
Financial Aid Contact Information
If you need assistance with tuition, the first step is to request a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from our Financial Aid Office. By filing the FAFSA, you will be considered for all aid for which you might be eligible. You should complete the FAFSA at least two months prior to starting classes or as soon as your federal tax return is completed. You will need to reapply for financial aid each year.