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Clark College News and Events


June 8, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP FOR FALL? 
CLARK COLLEGE CAN HELP
WITH DOLLARS AND SENSE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

Clark College students have access to grants, scholarships, student employment, tuition waivers, student loans and more

VANCOUVER, Wash. – If you’re ready to take the next step for fall but are worried about paying for college, Clark College can help. 

Clark College Interim President Robert K. Knight said, “Many people come to us with financial needs.  Some are working one or more jobs in addition to going to school.   Others in the community feel they don’t have enough money to even dream about attending college.  We want everyone to know that we have ways to help them take the next step to achieve their dreams.”  

During the 2005-2006 academic year, the Clark College financial aid office disbursed $19 million to 4,602 students.  That included $969,216 in scholarships.   According to Dean of Enrollment Services Alex Montoya, the year-end figures for the 2006-2007 academic year will closely reflect those numbers.  Montoya said, “Clark currently has 11,658 credit students, and 40% of those students receive some type of aid.” 

Financial aid options

Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, student employment (including Work-Study), tuition waivers, sponsored programs (such as worker retraining), and student loans. 

Recent high school graduates who have completed rigorous course work (as defined by the federal government) can apply for an Academic Competitiveness Grant.  That grant is awarded to full-time students who are on a degree path and have also received Pell Grant awards and met other criteria.

Competitive athletes can be awarded up to 65% in tuition assistance through scholarships and waivers.  Athletes should contact the head coach of the sport in which they are interested.  Additional information is available on the Clark Web site and by calling (360) 992-2691. 

Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP)

Clark students who do not receive financial aid can take advantage of the Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP) program. Under STEPP, students can make three smaller interest-free payments during the quarter.  Students can choose to make their payments by personal check, cash or credit card.  Because STEPP is not a loan, most students should qualify.  The fee to enroll in the plan is $15 per quarter to establish a student STEPP account.

STEPP covers only tuition and class fees for the specified quarter that a student enrolls in the plan.  Expenses for books, parking fees, certain administrative costs and fees charged by the college or fines are not covered in the plan. 

More information about the Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan is available on the Clark College Web site.   

For more information

For additional information about financial aid at Clark College, visit the Clark Web site or call the financial aid office at 360-992-2153.

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