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Applying for Aid as a First-Year Undergraduate Student

Case Western Reserve strongly recommends that incoming students complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® to maximize their opportunities to secure financial assistance from both federal and non-federal sources (such as our own institution). To be considered for federal financial aid alone, you need only complete the FAFSA.

Step 1: Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®

More than 90 percent of grant and scholarship assistance offered to Case Western Reserve University undergraduates is provided through Case Western Reserve resources. Entering first-year and transfer students are required to complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® in order to be considered for need-based institutional aid from Case Western Reserve.

Dependent students must complete the form with their parents, while independent students complete the form using their own household information.

First-year applicants for admission should observe the following priority deadlines for completing the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® in order to ensure they receive an estimated financial aid package with their admission decision:

  • Early Decision I Applicants: Nov. 15
  • Early Action Applicants: Nov. 15
  • Early Decision II Applicants: Feb. 15
  • PPSP Applicants: Dec. 15
  • Regular Decision Applicants: Feb. 15

The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® code for all CWRU undergraduates is 1105.

Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

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 Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans and Federal College Work-Study. The FAFSA is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying for need-based institutional aid from Case Western Reserve.

Dependent students must complete the form with their parents, while independent students complete the form using their own household information.

  • First-year applicants for admission should complete the FAFSA by Feb. 15. 

The FAFSA school code for all CWRU undergraduates is 003137.

Step 3: 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 and can view required documents in the My Financial Aid portal's Documents tab.

Only submit additional forms if requested by the Office of University Financial Aid. Download them from the appropriate forms library

IRS Tax Transcripts may be requested by the filer at irs.gov. Telephone requests may be made at 800.908.9946, or by completing and mailing IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript for Tax Return.

Step 4: Notification of Financial Aid Eligibility

Once you have completed the primary application steps, the Office of University Financial Aid will notify you of an initial financial aid award. 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 may 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.