Paying for College


The choice to attend college is a big decision–and potentially a big cost. But it doesn't have to be. 

There are many resources available to help students cover the costs of expenses to attend college – tuition, books, tools, transportation, childcare and more. Many students use a variety of these options based on their individual needs to help pay for college. These resources are there to help ease the financial burden so that you can focus on your education and remove barriers that may prevent you from completing your degree or certificate. 

Explore the options below to find out what resources are available for you. 


Financial Aid



Financial Aid is money you receive to cover the cost of attending college. 

To determine if you are eligible to receive federal financial aid, students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

Students who receive federal aid may qualify for Pell grants, student loans, or work study. Loans will need to be paid back; grants and work study do not need to be paid back.

Free money. Yes, you read that right. Grants are funds students receive based on their need to cover the cost of college and other expenses.

Unlike loans, grants do not need to be paid back. Grants are available through a variety of sources, including your college, the state, and federal government.

Eligibility for federal grants is determined by completing the FAFSA. Other grants will have forms or applications that will need to be completed to determine eligibility.

Similar to grants, scholarships are money to help cover the cost of attending college that you do not need to be pay back. 

Clark College Foundation awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to students every year. All students are encouraged to apply no matter their level of need. 

Students may also apply for a variety of local, state, and national scholarships. Each scholarship will have its own application process. 

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 Veterans Benefits

 Workforce Education

 Public Benefits

Clark College is proud to be a military-friendly school, and as such, the Clark College Veterans Affairs office serves as a liaison between the college and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Our staff is here to guide you through the process of understanding and accessing your GI benefits, registering for classes, and more. 

New students can familiarize themselves with their VA Education Benefits they intend to use at

Workforce Education Services (WES) helps match eligible students with funding and resources for work-based education and training.

WES programs are designed to support students pursuing vocational and professional technical non-transfer degree programs and certificates as well as Transitional Studies.

Through WES, students can access various grants, the Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program, Opportunity Grant, WorkFirst, and Worker Retraining. These resources can help cover the costs of tuition, books, GED fees, as well as assist students in gaining access to public benefits to include subsidized childcare. 

We understand that for many the cost of college extends past books and tuition to food, housing, and beyond. Public benefits are there to help offset these costs.

Public benefits are available for those who may need assistance with food, healthcare, and day-to-day expenses. To qualify for each of these benefits, you have to meet certain income and resource requirements.

All students are encouraged to apply for benefits in addition to financial aid by visiting

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