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Applying for Aid

Applying for Aid as a Graduate Student

The Office of University Financial Aid processes applications for the graduate/professional schools at Case Western Reserve with the exception of the CWRU School of Medicine. Medical students can get the information they need by visiting the School of Medicine Office of Financial Aid.

Step 1: Initial Application

Submit these three forms:

  1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) To complete a FAFSA online, the student (and their parent in the case of a dependent student) must obtain a FSA ID from the Department of Education at The FSA ID serves as an electronic signature. 
  2. The CWRU Financial Aid Form, available from the My Financial Aid Portal.
  3. A Memorandum of Assistance (MOA), completed and sent to the Office of University Financial Aid from your graduate department or professional school. Students enrolled in the School of Dental Medicine are exempt from submitting a MOA.
  4. Financial aid transcript(s) for students enrolled in the School of Nursing or Dental Medicine who were previously enrolled in a health professions program. 


Graduate/Professional Program



School of Dental Medicine  E00078
Weatherhead School of Management  E00080
School of Law  E00082
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing  E00083
Mandel School of Applied Social Science  E00084
School of Graduate Studies – Engineering  E00680
School of Graduate Studies – Arts & Sciences  E00681

Step 2: Required Application Supplements (if requested)

In the course of processing a student's application, the Office of University Financial Aid will sometimes require additional information. Students will be notified of the request via email. You can also check the status of your application at any time from the My Financial Aid portal.

Step 3: Notification of Financial Aid Eligibility

The Office of University Financial Aid will notify you of an initial Financial Aid Award. This initial award is based on data obtained from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The types and amounts of financial assistance given on the initial Financial Aid Award are tentative until all application requirements have been met. Whenever additional documentation is submitted to the Office of University Financial Aid, the initial award will be revised based on the new information. It is not unusual for students to receive multiple award revisions over the course of the application process as additional documentation is submitted.

Step 4: Other Application Requirements

Some students may need to submit additional documentation. This information will be requested by email and can be viewed by the student by accessing My Financial Aid and viewing the Documents tab.

Downloadable versions of these documents are available from our forms library. IRS Tax Transcripts may be requested by the filer at Telephone requests may be made at 1.800.908.9946, or the filer may complete and mail IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript for Tax Return.

Students with questions regarding loans can contact us at or 216.368.6153.