Scholarships and Discounts

The Office of Student Financial Aid
Clark Atlanta University

223 James P. Brawley Dr., S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Phone:  404-880-8992

Fax:  404-880-8070


*Please note all institutional scholarships and discounts require a completed FAFSA, full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress.

Scholarships, Discounts, and Other

Institutional Scholarships for First-Year Students
First-year students are automatically considered for Merit based scholarships when submitting their application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Merit scholarships are competitive, and students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and 1100 SAT or 22 ACT score to qualify, however meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee a scholarship offer. Students who receive an offer from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are notified via email once a scholarship decision has been made.

Undergraduate Studies Scholarship Program
Available to continuing sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have not exceeded 8 semesters of CAU enrollment. Awards are based on academic performance and Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Pell-eligible students are given priority. To be considered students must complete the FASFA no later than February 1st and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. Summer courses may not be used toward GPA calculations and/or credit hour deficiencies. There is no application required and awards will vary each year based on GPA and the overall availability of funding. Recipients are notified the summer prior to the award year.

Student Freedom Agreement
Student Freedom Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring freedom in professional and life choices for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Clark Atlanta University. The program offers an income-contingent funding alternative, known as the Student Freedom Agreement, which is available to rising juniors and seniors majoring in a STEM field, as well as educational and career support resources.

Sibling Discount
Offered to biological or legally adopted dependent siblings currently enrolled at Clark Atlanta University. Families must submit a copy of all birth certificates and parents’ federal tax return along with a Siblings Discount Application to the Office of Student Financial Aid by July 1st. Independent students do not qualify for the Siblings discount. Sibling Discounts may not be combined with other non-federal institutional funding. The discount will not exceed 33% of the annual cost of tuition.

Ministerial Discount
Offered to dependents of United Methodist Church ministers enrolled at Clark Atlanta University. Students must submit a copy of the parents’ tax return and a letter from the conference indicating that the Minister is in good standing with the United Methodist Church by July 1.

Naval ROTC

Beginning in Fall 2017, Clark Atlanta University will offer the equivalent of Room and Board scholarships to select students on a full NROTC tuition scholarship. Recipients must reside in traditional CAU housing. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Financial Aid Office prior to having funds deposited to their accounts.  The Room and Board scholarship is capped at the value of a double room and a full meal plan as designated by CAU. The Room and Board scholarship will be reduced or eliminated by any state, federal, or outside scholarships or grants the student receives that would cause the total financial aid to exceed the cost of attendance as determined by CAU. The NROTC tuition scholarship and the CAU Room and Board scholarship replaces any other CAU financial aid awarded prior to notification and acceptance of the aforementioned scholarships.

Scholarships for Art History majors

Available to incoming first year students and continuing sophomores, juniors and seniors; eligible art history majors (or double majors) at Clark Atlanta University are invited to apply for an art history scholarship. For the First-Year Art History Scholarship, the program seeks motivated, well-rounded candidates, both academically and in character with a demonstrated commitment to the study of art history. Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0. For the Art History Scholarship, eligible candidates will be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors in good standing, who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and who have completed at least one art history course earning a “B” or higher.

Applicants must complete all components of the online application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. First-Year scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by April 15th. Sophomore, junior and senior scholarship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply or reapply by May 31st. Please review full scholarship details here. Generous scholarship support is provided by the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

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