Master of Science in Anesthesia Program Financial Aid

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Financial aid proceeds will be disbursed based upon the cost of attendance for each semester in the academic year. A student’s financial aid eligibility is determined for the academic year from Summer Semester through Spring Semester. The Office of University Financial Aid will send information about disbursement amounts once awards have been determined, and students will receive access to a personalized financial aid portal where they can review and accept their assistance.

Financial aid is disbursed by semester. The summer disbursement is in early July, the fall in late August, and the spring in January. Funds are disbursed beginning the first day of the regular university semester for those who have completed all required steps in the loan application process.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, application as soon as they are accepted into the MSA Program. To be eligible to receive federal student aid, an accepted student must be a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States, must have a valid Social Security Number, and must meet other basic criteria. Students can review the U.S. Department of Education’s eligibility criteria.

The application requires a student’s tax return information and Federal Student Aid ID as well as key details from the MSA Program, which are distributed to all accepted students.

Types of Student Loans

There are three types of loans available to students at the graduate level. These include:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans,
  • Federal PLUS Loans for graduate students,
  • and private loans.

Students will be considered for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and credit-based loans (Federal PLUS or private loans) when they complete FAFSA. Once an accepted student’s application is reviewed and an award is determined, the Office of University Financial Aid provides loan amounts and types of loans to each student on their aid offer. Students must review the offer, and accept the loans.

MSA students typically receive a maximum award through FAFSA that provides enough funding to cover tuition and living expenses. Additional information regarding the financial aid process can be requested from the Office of University Financial Aid.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program awards the Helmut Cascorbi, MD, PhD Scholarship annually to the three students who earn the highest combined score on their clinical evaluations and exams at the end of their first year. The three scholarships of $500 are typically limited to one student per location of study. This number is not fixed, and can vary based on the program’s assessment of the cohort.

There is no application process; all first-year students are considered in the spring of their first year. Winners are announced in the summer term of the second year.

The program established the Cascorbi Scholarship in 2011 to honor Dr. Cascorbi’s significant and fundamental contributions to the anesthesiologist assistant program at Case Western Reserve University and his long commitment to the CAA profession.

Additionally, both the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Medicine maintain lists of outside funding and scholarship opportunities.

Please review the lists careful as these are generalized lists, and not all opportunities are available to or suitable for MSA students.