Tuition and financial aid
Learn about the Student Financial Services Cycle
We're excited that you have chosen Clarion University for your college education. We're here to help you navigate through the next steps – making your affordable education even more so.
Each year, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors sets tuition rates and tuition-related fees for the 14 state system schools. This is typically completed on or around July 1. Students are notified of the new rates as soon as possible.
The Clarion University Council of Trustees sets Clarion and Venango College fees which are used to support student activities and the operation of university facilities. All fees are payable whether or not the student plans to use these services or facilities.
Below is an overview of the financial aid/billing/payment process. Our other pages and the links within them will give you step-by-step instructions.
- Learn the cost of attending Clarion University. Total costs are determined by residency, the class delivery location (Clarion, Venango, or off-campus), tuition, fees, room, meal plan, parking permit, and the total number of credits you will take.
- Learn when and how to apply for specific types of financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, and student employment). Prior to applying, Clarion's Net Price Calculator, or the federal financial aid Forecaster, can give you an idea of which types of aid you may be qualified to receive. Tip sheet
- Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1. Clarion's Federal School Code is 003318. Please note: The FSA ID (a username and password) has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN. If you have not created your FSA ID yet, you can read additional information and create your ID here.
- If you are selected for federal verification (an audit), refer to the To Do Checklist on your MyClarion Student Center.
- First-time PA state grant applicants MUST complete the PA State Grant application at www.pheaa.org.
- Apply for loans, if needed. Incoming students interested in a Federal Direct Stafford Loan should complete BOTH entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note at https://studentloans.gov. The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. Register at NSLDS Student Access ( Retrieve Your Loan Information) for up-to-date information about your loan(s).
- Final costs for tuition and fees are established in late July or early August and are posted to your MyClarion account if you have scheduled for classes. Estimated financial aid will show on your MyClarion account under the "View Financial Aid" link. Review your bill online and plan what your actual out-of-pocket costs will be after all sources of financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans). If your aid does not cover your charges, consider the CUPay payment plan, a PLUS loan, or a private loan.
- The student is responsible to ensure that all Clarion University charges are paid or covered by financial aid by the beginning of the semester. There are many payment options. Students with delinquent accounts will not be permitted to register for courses, and academic records (transcripts and diplomas) will be withheld until all charges have been paid in full.
- Please note that adjustments to your financial aid may occur. Information on adjustments to financial aid.
- Financial aid will not post to the student account until after the drop/add period ends. Refunds will be processed after aid has been posted. Students participating in direct deposit will receive refunds sooner than those who do not. Information on direct deposit is here.
- Re-apply for financial aid each year by filing a renewal FAFSA by May 1. Keep in mind that you need to make satisfactory academic progress toward your degree to be eligible for aid next year.
- Making an online payment
- Setting up direct deposit of your refund monies
- Printing an invoice
- Authorizing someone else to make payments on your account
- Viewing your financial aid
- And more!