Paying for college is the furthest thing from fun. It’s unfathomable how expensive college is and all of the steps to go about getting financial aid are just tedious and confusing. The Clemson financial aid process can be a bit overwhelming, but if you follow these ten crucial pieces of advice, you should be well on your way to paying for your dream school!
1. Don’t miss any deadlines!
The deadlines vary based on which document you’re submitting, but know that most of the financial aid materials need to be in by March 1st. This is the priority filing date for Clemson, so if you make sure to submit everything by then, you’re more likely to get aid, scholarships, or grants! If you miss the priority deadline, try to have everything in by June 1st at the latest.
2. Contact the office for some guidance through the process.
The Clemson financial aid office is a great resource if you need more in-depth information about your own personal financial status, or if you have specific questions about your eligibility. You can call them at 864-656-2280, stop by the office in Sikes Hall, or send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some extra guidance!
3. Keep track of exactly which documents Clemson asks you to submit.
To be eligible for financial aid, Clemson asks that you submit the FAFSA by the March 1st deadline. You might be selected for verification once you do that, so be prepared! You also want to make sure you have all of your parents’ 2015 tax return and income information available, as well as your own.
4. Look on Clemson’s financial aid site for detailed timelines and instructions.
This timeline is a great resource for instructions. The financial aid process has a lot to it and it can be challenging, so it’s really helpful that Clemson provides a detailed list of deadlines and forms needed!
5. Where will I see my financial aid award?
Once your financial aid is determined, you should be able to view your award online! It will be available on your iROAR portal, where you’ll also want to accept any aid award you’re given.
6. And when will I receive it?
You should expect a response from Clemson about your financial aid in April!
7. Send in your deposit to admissions ASAP!
Once you make the decision that Clemson is the school for you, you’re going to have to send an admissions deposit of $200 to secure your spot.
8. Know what to expect financially.
A detailed breakdown of Clemson’s cost of attendance is available here.
If you’re an out-of-state student, Clemson is about $45,042/year. For in-state students, it’s about $25,160/year. An in-state student’s cost of attendance is broken down like this:
- Tuition/fees: $14,708
- Room & board: $9,144
- Books & supplies: $1,308
9. What’s the average that students at Clemson get in financial aid?
About 67% of undergrad students at Clemson get some form of financial aid. The average amount for that is about $8,684.
10. Always know that you can appeal under special circumstances.
If you have extenuating circumstances (like a parent loses a job or there’s an illness in the family), you can file an appeal to have your financial aid and scholarship applications reviewed. More information about the appeal process can be found on their site here.