Need assistance with tuition?
First, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Financial aid is available from many sources to help students who, without such aid, would be unable to attend college. Although students and their families are primarily responsible for the cost of education, financial aid can fill in the gap if families can afford only part of the cost.
|Fall Semester: May 15||Spring Semester: October 15||Summer Semester: March 15
How to Apply
To apply for federal grants, loans and work-study, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA is available in October for the following financial aid year that begins with Fall semester. Be sure to list Clark State, federal school code 004852, so your application information is sent to our Financial Aid Office for review and processing. 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 FSA ID. With a FSA ID 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.
Your Student Aid Report (SAR)
The information you report on the FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education and a Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to the e-mail account you provided on the FAFSA. This information is also sent to the schools you listed on the FAFSA. It is important that you review the SAR; check for errors and read all comments. The SAR will include an estimate of financial need. With a few exceptions, all financial aid awarded is based on demonstrated financial need. By filing the FAFSA, you will be considered for all aid for which you might be eligible including federal grants and loans. The Financial Aid Office receives your SAR information electronically; you do not have to send your SAR to the Financial Aid office.
How the Financial Aid Office uses your SAR
The Financial Aid Office uses the information on your SAR to determine eligibility. Additional paperwork may be required in order to process your financial aid. If you are selected in a process called verification, the school will request a copy of your federal tax transcript, documentation of untaxed income and/or confirmation of high school completion. You will also be required to submit a Verification Worksheet. Clark State will notify you of any required paperwork through email updates to your Clark State email.
Notification of Financial Aid Award
Once your financial aid information 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 Self Service on the myClarkState portal. Log in using the user id 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 Checklist
We know the Financial Aid process can seem overwhelming. We've created this checklist to help save you time and energy!
If you want to print a copy to keep, download our Financial Aid Checklist here.
The myStudentAid Mobile App is Now Available!
Students and parents may now download the myStudentAid app from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). Learn more about the FAFSA mobile options here.
- View federal student aid videos on YouTube.
Links to Helpful Articles
FAFSA Filing Assistance
We know the financial aid process can seem overwhelming. Students Services and Financial Aid staff at all of our locations can help you get started with the FAFSA and explain our process to you. We are here to help! Email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us via one of the numbers below.