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Graduate Assistantships

Each year a limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded to individuals with regular full-admission status to a graduate program. Graduate assistants work 10 or 20 hours a week in assignments related to academic programs or university-wide service. They are paid an hourly stipend and receive a tuition waiver for up to nine credits a semester. There are no summer assistantships.


There are also a limited number of Frederick Douglass Assistantships, offered to graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). All candidates for these assistantships must meet full admission requirements to a Clarion University graduate program and be a graduate of an HBCU. All general assistantship policies apply to the HBCU positions.

Recipients of a graduate assistantship must take at least six graduate credits a semester, perform assigned duties in a satisfactory manner, and remain in good academic standing. There is an approved evaluation process and instrument for each graduate assistantship position that is utilized annually. Graduate assistants are evaluated on their performance in a specific position.


Students wishing to apply for a graduate assistantship should do so at the time of application to graduate study at Clarion University. Graduate assistant application forms are included in the application for admission to graduate study packet and are available in the Graduate Studies office and academic departments.

 

 

Financial Aid

In addition to graduate assistantships, the following financial aid may be available to graduate students.

 

Loans

FEDERAL PERKINS LOAN PROGRAM-
To be eligible for consideration for this 5 percent loan, a student must complete an application form, have a current FAFSA form on file in the Office of Financial Aid, be a citizen of the United States or have declared his or her intention to obtain citizenship, and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a student.

These loans, which are non-interest bearing while a student is enrolled, are available to a maximum of $2,000 each year.


FEDERAL STAFFORD LOAN PROGRAM-
Loans with a cap of 8.25 percent interest are generally available from local banks and savings and loans associations. Loans may reach a maximum of $20,500 per academic year, with an overall limit of $138,500 for graduate and undergraduate loans. Loans are based on need, which must be demonstrated through an approved need analysis system. Our approved form is the FAFSA application.


GRADUATE PLUS LOAN PROGRAM
has the same terms and conditions as the Parent Plus Loan and is subject to a credit test. Students may borrow up to the cost of education less other financial aid received. Repayment begins after full disbursement of the loan, but loans are deferrable for in-school status. Student must complete a current FAFSA form and apply for the maximum Stafford Loan prior to being granted a Graduate PLUS Loan.

 

Veterans

Clarion University is approved to offer training under the various GI bills. Students who are entitled under one of these bills should contact the veterans counselor immediately after being accepted for admission to the university in order to secure additional instruction. This procedure is necessary so veterans may be included on the monthly payroll. The university veterans counselor is located in the Office of Financial Aid, 104 Egbert Hall, 814-393-2315.

 

 

University Libraries

Carlson Library on the Clarion Campus and Suhr Library on the Venango Campus have combined collections of more than 1.7 million items in various formats including books, e-books, microforms, periodicals, media, streaming video, and electronic databases. Materials not held by the two libraries may be accessed through interlibrary loan services offered at both libraries or directly online through the libraries' Webpage.

The libraries are committed to providing excellent service to users. Qualified library faculty and staff are available in the libraries' public service areas and via phone, chat, and e-mail to assist users in locating information, satisfying research needs, and effectively using instructional technologies. Library faculty also provide instruction on general library use and on research resources and strategies which are discipline specific. The libraries' Webpage provides a gateway to scholarly resources including services which provide full-text access to thousands of academic journals and services for distance learners.

The mission of the Clarion University Libraries is to:

  • assist university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration in conveniently locating and accessing the university's information resources and those of other sources;

  • develop and provide timely and responsive services, programs, and tools that facilitate translation of information into knowledge and support research, scholarship, teaching, and learning;

  • build, select, and preserve, in cooperation with university faculty, a collection of information resources commensurate with the current and anticipated discipline needs of the university's instructional programs and supportive of teaching and learning processes;

  • contribute to progress of the university and the profession; and

  • participate in addressing the information resource needs of local and rural communities in Pennsylvania.

 

Carlson Library on the Clarion Campus is a state-of-the art facility. Extensive connectivity to the campus network and the Internet is provided through building-wide wireless and standard data networks. There are four computer laboratories with PCs, Macs, and printers available for student use. Laptop computers are available for use in the library. The Carlson Library building is home to the university's Center for Academic Excellence, as well as  the University Art Gallery.The Department of Library Science, a department in the university's College of Education and Human Services, has its offices, classrooms, and computer laboratory in the facility.

Suhr Library on the Venango Campus provides an inviting research and study environment. It is a wireless zone containing  a computer lab and providing laptop computers for both library and off-site use. Suhr Library houses the Barbara Morgan Harvey Center for the Study of Oil Heritage, which sponsors a range of activities and contains primary  source information on the region.

 

 

Health Service

Keeling Health Center, accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Centers (AAAHC), provides health services and wellness promotion to the student community of Clarion University. The health center is located at the northwest corner of the campus near Givan Hall. A highly credentialed staff, including contracted physicians, certified registered nurse practitioners, and registered nurses certified in college health provide specialized student health services. Operating hours are announced at the beginning of each semester. After-hour and emergency services are available from a variety of community providers.


The services of the health center are similar to those provided in a physician's office. Specific services include: physical examinations, immunizations, allergy injections, medication and prescriptions, pregnancy testing, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, and referral to appropriate community resources. Proper immunization is highly recommended prior to university entrance. Pennsylvania Senate Bill 955, passed into law on June 28, 2002, mandates that all university students living in residence halls be immunized against meningitis or sign an informed declination statement. The American College Health Association also supports the meningitis vaccine.


A health services fee assessed at the beginning of each semester includes an unlimited number of visits to the health center. There may be additional charges for any medications or procedures associated with the visit. Students are strongly encouraged to contact their primary insurance carrier to determine the conditions and limitations, if any, on medical treatment away from home.

 

 

Health Insurance

The health center fee includes basic provider services within the Keeling Health Center. Charges for laboratory, X-ray, outpatient or inpatient services at other facilities, and medications are not covered, and are the responsibility of the individual student. Health insurance coverage is strongly encouraged prior to enrollment at Clarion University.


In an attempt to offer students an affordable health insurance option, Clarion University has collaborated with nine other universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to offer an economical and comprehensive insurance policy to those students not covered by a parent policy. Consolidated Health Plans (www.consolidatedhealthplan.com) has been selected as the insurance provider, and students may choose from a variety of options.


Parents who plan to continue a son or daughter on family insurance plans should contact their insurance provider to determine the effects of university entrance upon dependent coverage. This is particularly important under managed care plans.


University policy requires that students have medical insurance coverage to be eligible for participation in university-sanctioned, sponsored and/or approved activities, including intercollegiate sports. The assumption is that students participating in such activities are covered by medical insurance, and proof of coverage can be produced upon the university's request.


Students interested in obtaining insurance from Consolidated Health Plans should contact www.chpstudent.com.

 

 

International Students-Medical Insurance Coverage

Medical insurance is required of all international students enrolled at Clarion University. Students who do not show proof of health insurance coverage comparable to Clarion University's group plan will be required to enroll in the university's plan, and be responsible for payment. Students will not be allowed to complete course registration until all medical insurance requirements are met. The current cost of the group insurance plan is $850/year, full payment of which is required at the beginning of the academic year. Please understand that the medical insurance premium is not included in the statement of account issued by the university for tuition, fees, and room and board. A separate payment of cash or money order is required. Details of payment will be explained at the time of application for insurance.


If an international student has coverage through his or her sponsor or through another agency in his or her home country that provides adequate coverage during the student's stay in the United States as a student, the international student may request to be exempt from subscribing to the group plan offered through Clarion University. Coverage must include:

*minimum medical expense benefit of $50,000
*minimum repatriation expense benefit of $7,500
*minimum medical evacuation benefit of $10,000

 

Students requesting exemption from the group plan are required to submit details of insurance coverage to the Office of International Programs upon arrival at Clarion University. Details must be written in English and include the following information: company name and address, phone and fax numbers; complete name of policy holder and identification number, if assigned; effective date of coverage and expiration date of coverage; and policy benefits (as described above).

 

 

Housing

Limited housing for graduate students may be available in any of university housing, which includes traditional halls, residence hall suites and Reinhard Villages (apartments). For information, contact the Center for Residence Life Services, 236 Egbert Hall, by telephone 814-393-2352, or reslife@clarion.edu or www.clarion.edu/placestolive.


Any arrangement for housing in the community is a business relationship between a student and the householder. The Office of Residence Life maintains a limited listing of available housing in the community, but the university does not approve or make recommendations related to private off-campus housing accommodations. Off-campus housing list can be found at www.clarion.edu/placestolive.

 

 

Parking and Automobile Regulations

All provisions of the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as supplemented by parking regulations issued by the chancellor, State System of Higher Education, and Clarion University, will be strictly enforced on the Clarion University Campus. Authority for such enforcement rests with the director of public safety.

Vehicles may be immobilized for unpaid tickets. Students who park a vehicle on university property in an area requiring a permit must register with the Department of Public Safety. A valid university parking permit must be hung down from the inside rear-view mirror and clearly be visible from the front and rear of the vehicle when the vehicle is parked in a lot requiring a permit.

The enforcement of parking permit regulations for employee lots, commuter lots, and metered parking shall be from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., prevailing time, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise designated. For more information on parking, visit the parking Website at www.clarion.edu/parking.

 

 

Career Services Center

Clarion University offers a number of services to assist students with their career, educational, and employment plans. The Career Services Center works with students individually and through programs and classroom presentations to assist them in developing life-long career planning and job search skills. Students can obtain career and job search information from its career resource room. office publications, and Website. In addition, staff members use several listservs and an e-newsletter to communicate with students and provide career information and advice.


The Career Services Center provides students with information regarding experiential education opportunities related to their personal interests, course requirements, or career exploration needs. The center oversees several databases and serves as a clearinghouse for opportunities related to volunteerism, service-learning, part-time jobs, and internships. Staff members administer the Off-Campus Community Service Federal Work-Study program and coordinate the Experience Expo event.


The Career Services Center offers a number of resources for students as they prepare to enter the workforce. Students can develop job search skills by participating in the center's professional development seminars, resume clinic, and mock interview program, and meeting with a staff member to organize job application materials. The center also works to help students make connections with employers by arranging on-campus interviews, offering an online career services registration and resume posting service, providing a resume search service for employers, coordinating a database of employment opportunities, and sponsoring a number of career events through the academic year.