College of Professional and Continuing Education

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Financial assistance is available for undergraduate and graduate students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents only) who have matriculated into a degree program at the College of Professional and Continuing Education. Whether you are full-time (3 courses are considered full-time for financial assistance in COPACE) or part-time, if you have a financial need, it is well worth exploring the options. Assistance is available to eligible, matriculated students with a demonstrated need who show successful advancement toward the completion of a degree and are enrolled at least half-time (2 units) per semester.

Federal Pell Grant for Undergraduate Students

Eligibility for Pell Grants is determined by the U.S. Department of Education via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student must be working toward his or her first bachelor's degree. The amount of the grant is based on the number of courses for which the student will register and the calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Scholarships

Clark's Office of Financial Assistance will guide you through the process of applying for federal, state and COPACE scholarship dollars. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 508-793-7478.

Eligibility is based on financial need. A standard formula is used to determine the difference between your cost of education (including tuition, books and fees) and an amount you can be expected to contribute. Factors such as income and assets are all taken into consideration, as well as any extenuating circumstances.

Friends of COPACE Scholarship Fund

For undergraduate and graduate students

The Friends of COPACE Scholarship Fund was initiated by our COPACE alumni and friends. The personal support of our alumni signifies to us the value they place on their experience at Clark. It also supports our continued commitment to make the educational of adult learners both personally enriching and professionally satisfying. Contributions to the COPACE Friends Scholarship Fund are used only for continuing adult learners in the COPACE programs.

Eligibility is based on financial need. Awards may provide tuition assistance at various levels, not to exceed up to one-half of the cost of four undergraduate or up to one-half of the cost two graduate courses.

You do not need to be a full-time student, but you do have to be formally matriculated in a degree program and have no outstanding holds on your account (library fines, tuition, registration fees, etc.). Students with outstanding incomplete grades are ineligible for the Friends of COPACE Scholarship.

Thomas Dolphin Scholarship

For undergraduates

The Thomas Dolphin Scholarship was established to honor a former director of the Clark University Evening College and is awarded to one adult student each year, based on financial need. Applications are due by August 15 for the fall semester.

To apply, please submit a letter to the Thomas Dolphin Scholarship Committee, (c/o Mary Bird, COPACE) describing your background, academic and professional goals, community involvement and concise information pertaining to your financial need. In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a matriculated undergraduate student
  • have a minimum of eight courses completed at the time of application
  • have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • be enrolled in at least two courses at the time of application

Louis J. Luvisi, Jr. Scholarship

For undergraduates in the criminal justice program

The Louis J. Luvisi, Jr. Scholarship was established to honor a COPACE undergraduate and member of the Clark Campus Police and is awarded to a student enrolled in the criminal justice program. To apply, please submit a letter to the Luvisi Scholarship Committee (c/o Mary Bird, COPACE), outlining your background, academic and professional goals. Applications for the scholarship are due August 15 for the fall semester.

Yellow Ribbon Program

For veterans

The Office of Financial Assistance at Clark University is pleased to announce our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP) portion of the Post 9/11 Veterans’ Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

The YRP is a partnership between the University and the Veterans’ Administration (VA) to assist eligible students with tuition expenses.  For more information on this program, please visit the VA website.

Student eligibility for this and all VA Education Benefit Programs is determined by the VA. To determine if you are eligible, please contact the VA at: 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). In general, individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months.
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
  • You are making satisfactory academic progress as defined by Clark University.
  • You are enrolled full time or part time.

To apply for this or any VA education benefit, visit the VA website and complete the application form 22-1990; the VA will respond by sending you a Certificate of Eligibility explaining the program(s) for which you are eligible. Forward this certificate of eligibility, along with a copy of the online benefits application form, a copy of your DD-214, and a note indicating the program for which you are applying to:

Office of Financial Assistance
Clark University
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610

You will receive notification via your Clark University email address when the benefit has been certified.

If you have questions about VA education programs or your eligibility for these programs, please contact the VA at: 1-888-GIBILL1. If you have questions about Clark’s certification process, please the Office of Financial Assistance at: 508-793-7478.

Other Financing Options

Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance for information about payment plans and loans.