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Important Notice:  The Financial Aid Office lobby is currently closed and financial aid staff availability is limited. 

Current phone availability is:

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Please read the checklist before calling

Current chat availability is:

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Monday - Friday

If you need to reach a staff member, please email finaid@clemson.edu and we will respond to your email as soon as possible.  Please monitor www.clemson.edu for updates.

Clemson CARES Grant

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

(The following disclosure is in compliance with HEERF reporting as required in the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Electronic Announcement 2020-05-06.)

Clemson University signed a certification with the US Department of Education agreeing to use no less than 50% of our allocation from the CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students. Clemson University was allocated $6,789,998 for emergency grants, which were disbursed under the name Clemson CARES Grants beginning May 5, 2020. Over the next 6 months, Clemson disbursed $6,789,998 to 9,159 students. Clemson University had approximately 12,500 students who were eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs, but we prioritized our students with the greatest need as encouraged by the Secretary of Education. We disbursed the funds in three tiers: we awarded $1,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients; $900 to students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) less than 10,000; and $500 to students with any gross financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After the initial disbursement, we exhausted the small remaining balance by giving additional $100 grants to the neediest students. Students were notified of the award at their Clemson email address as follows:

We hope that you had a successful close to your semester, and that you and your family are healthy and safe. We are pleased to share some good news.

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided Clemson University with funding for emergency financial aid grants. The US Department of Education limited the funding to students eligible for federal student aid, and encouraged schools to prioritize students with the greatest need. The funds are to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Because you were identified as a student in need who was impacted by the campus closure, you have been awarded a Clemson CARES Grant.

To view your grant, please login to your financial aid award page in iROAR. If you have authorized eRefund with the billing office, your refund will be deposited in the account you designated. If not, we will send a paper check to your permanent address.

By accepting the Clemson CARES Grant, you certify that you incurred expenses (such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare) related to the disruption to campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you are prepared to provide documentation (if requested) that your expenses were greater than or equal to the amount of your grant. If your expenses were not greater than or equal to the amount of your grant, you must notify finaid@clemson.edu to reduce or remove your grant, and then repay your refund with eCheck on iROAR.

We hope this grant will ease the financial strain caused by the pandemic, and we look forward to your safe return to campus.


A Clemson University education is an excellent investment in your and/or your child's future. The financial aid staff is here to help you understand the various financial aid programs that are available and to work individually with those who face significant financial difficulties during their career at Clemson. Overall, 87 percent of our students receive some type of financial assistance – which includes state, federal and University awards. Please review this site for information about our merit scholarships, need-based grants, loans and work-study. We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service to our students.

For our currently enrolled students, you have several responsibilities as a recipient of financial aid, so please pay attention to the application process, deadlines and policies.

Mission Statement

The Clemson University Office of Student Financial Aid exists to help students secure the funds necessary to pursue their educational goals at Clemson University through the administration and implementation of federal, state and institutional programs of financial assistance.

If you have any questions during the process, please be sure to contact our office, and we will help however we can.

Important Notices

2020-21 Award Packages -Incoming freshmen students will be notified of their financial aid award packages by March 1, 2020. Continuing undergraduate, undergraduate transfer and all graduate students will be notified of their financial aid packages in early June 2020.

Message from S.C. Commission on Higher EducationGuidance for COVID-19 Impacted Situations

New Grading Policy FAQ - We have built an FAQ page based on the New Grading Policy developed for the Spring 2020 semester.

Students Selected for VerificationWe are currently processing all documents for verification and other information requests in the order they are received. To view outstanding and received documents, please log into your iROAR account and select the Eligibility section under the Financial Aid tab. We will complete the verification process within several weeks of receiving all requested documents. Beginning with the 2020-21 aid year, the Office of Student Financial Aid is transitioning to new electronic form software.  All required documentation should be completed within your iROAR portal and all documents should be uploaded through the secure uploads provided.  Documents sent through email will not be accepted for security purposes.  Please do not submit documentation that has not been requested as this can delay the processing of your application.

Two-factor authentication is required to access iROAR. Two-factor authentication asks individuals for a secondary confirmation of their identity at login using a physical device, such as an app or text message on your phone. Clemson University will use Duo Security for two-factor authentication. Please visit 2fa.clemson.edu for more information and to sign up for Duo Security.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal policy in place to protect students and their personal information. Clemson University’s Office of Financial Aid has aligned its policies and procedures in compliance with this federal regulation.

Effective July 1, 2016 - In order for us to speak to anyone other than the student, a signed FERPA waiver listing the individuals to whom the student grants permission to talk with our office must be submitted.  This digital form is available in the student’s iROAR account – Financial Aid – Unsatisfied Student Requirements. New students should have this form submitted by the first day of class. Failure to submit a FERPA waiver will NOT affect your aid eligibility or disbursement.

The list of approved individuals can be updated at any time by emailing our office (finaid@clemson.edu) and requesting we re-open the FERPA waiver in iROAR.  We will only use the information on the most recent waiver submitted to our office.

More information on FERPA is available here.

Citizenship and the Constitution — Please check out these videos from the Clemson University Constitution Day panel. They discuss the idea of citizenship and how it has changed over the course of U.S. history.
Part I and  Part II.

Financial Literacy — The Office of Student Financial Aid has developed a Financial Literacy website that contains information about saving, budgeting, loan repayment options and more. Please check it out and all of the useful tools included.

Financial Aid for Study Abroad Appointment Requests — We have recently updated our scheduling system to use CU Navigate. More information can be found on our study abroad page.

Navigating in iROAR — To view your bill: login to iROAR.clemson.edu and select the tab for Student Financial Services and then the following links: Optional Fees (to add a meal plan, etc.) or My Bill. To accept your aid: login to iROAR.clemson.edu and select the tab for Financial Aid and the following links: iROAR, Award, Award for Aid Year, Select the applicable "Financial Aid Year", Award Overview and Accept Award Offer.

The Academic Common Market has been discontinued for undergraduate students. New graduate students can still apply if they are in majors which are eligible.

Financial Aid Tips & Advice from Clemson Students — A short video of tips and advice from Clemson students who have worked in the financial aid office.

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