To be eligible for consideration for financial aid, incoming U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile. Students who are not Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States but who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the CSS Profile.
Applications for admission for students who indicate they wish to be considered for financial aid will not be considered complete until the necessary financial aid documents are completed.
First-Year Applicant Deadlines
|Financial Aid Documents Deadline
||Notification Date (on or about)||Deadline to Enroll|
|Early Action||Nov. 1||Nov. 15||Dec. 17||May 1|
|Early Decision 1||Nov. 1||Nov. 15||Dec. 17||Jan. 1|
|PPSP||Dec. 1||Dec. 15||Feb. 1||May 1|
|Early Decision II||Jan. 15||Jan. 15||Feb. 1||Feb. 15|
|Regular Decision||Jan. 15||Feb. 1||March 20||May 1|
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for federal student aid, including the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans and Federal Work-Study.
Dependent students must complete the form with their parents, while independent students complete the form using their own household information.
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 fsaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID serves as an electronic signature.
The FAFSA will be available Oct. 1 for students applying for admission in the following academic year.
The CSS Profile
All students who would like to be considered for need-based financial aid, including students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States, must complete the CSS Profile.
If a student’s parents are divorced, separated or were never married, the CSS Profile application will collect information from both the custodial parent as well as the noncustodial parent. Each parent will use their own login credentials so neither will be able to view the other’s reported information. Based upon the marital status of the student’s natural or adoptive parents, further instructions will be provided when completing the CSS Profile as to how each parent may complete their portion of the application.
- Family annual income is less than $65,000
- Family assets total less than $100,000
Families who meet the above criteria may complete the CWRU CSS Profile Waiver. Once this document is submitted and reviewed families will be notified if additional information is required.
Please note this form is only accessible to first-year CWRU applicants using university-provided login credentials.
Application Supplements and Verification Requirements (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 and can view required documents in their application portal.
Only submit additional forms if requested by the Office of University Financial Aid. Download them from the forms library.