In 2022, Clark College's tuition was $4,530 a year for in-state students and $10,134 a year for out-of-state students.
On average, college tuition rises about 3% year.
Remember, the "sticker price" of tuition does not tell the full story. Many students owe much less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. And, student loans can make thecost of college feel more doable until you've finishing school and found a job.
Clark College is a public, state institution, so it offers a reduced tuition rate of $4,530 for in-state students who attend full-time.
Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. Public, state schools can offer lower tuition for students who meet the requirements for in-state residency.
Choosing a college where you qualify for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan drastically reduce the cost of tuition, as well as loans and interest owed. Be sure to confirm your state's requirements for as an in-state resident. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. The most common requirement is that students must have lived in the state for a full year before starting school. There may be additional requirements too, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.
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Tuition at Clark College is the same for all students.
Students from outside of the U.S. usually do not qualify for for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may qualify for private or school-specific aid and scholarships.
In addition to the cost of tuition, there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at Clark College.
Housing and campus dining at Clark College costs $16,512 a year. This number includes the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, and a meal plan that enables you to eat in the Clark College's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls.
Clark College does not provide on-campus housing for students, so there are no charge for dorms, however you should take into account the cost of off-campus housing when looking at the cost of different schools
Board costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.
The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The actual cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.
Most schools charge some yearly fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs.
Keep in mind, there could also be additional fees associated with participating in certain activities, like Greek Life, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Most colleges offer resources so that those who may struggle to participate because of cost can find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.
The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you drive, fly, or take public transportation to school? Will you need to pay to park on-campus? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use public transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your estimated cost of transportation.
A school's location can impact the amount you'll have to spend just to get around. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, transportation in an urban area might be pricey, but there may be more trains, busses and affordable flights to actually get to school. Clark Collegeis located in a urban setting in Washington, near Portland.
When you're planning for college, be sure to factor in personal expenses, like going out to eat or see shows, furnishing your living space, and things like haircuts, clothes and, yes, even toilet paper and shampoo.
Now, let’s do a rundown of all of the costs associated with college, to get a better estimate of the actual cost of attending Clark College.
What will the cost of attending Clark College be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.
|2022 Total Tuition and Expenses|
|Room and Board||$16,512|
The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.
Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.
In 2022, 1,486 of the 7,665 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. Clark College meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.
The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,931 a year. Around 62% of Clark College undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. Clark College graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $37,829 of student loan debt.
The average debt for each loan type varies.
|Average Debt By Loan Type|
|Most Common Loans for Clark College Students|
Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on Clark College financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.
Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.
In 2022, Clark College awarded 1,486 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $44.4 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $17.84 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.
The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.
Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for Clark College students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.
When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.
The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at Clark College was $39,931 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of Clark College seem more manageable.
|Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students|
|Net In-state, Off-campus||$-34,699|
Note: a negative number can indicate that a refund will be given to use toward other expenses such as housing, fees, and books. In such cases, be sure to reach out to the school directly for any clarification or questions.
What will attending Clark College really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.
As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the Clark College's net cost calculator on their website.
Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.
Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.
Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.
Clark College has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees
Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.
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