Step 1: Complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®
All entering first-year and transfer students applying for financial aid will be required to complete and submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. The 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 Action Applicants: November 15
PPSP Applicants: December 15
Regular Decision Applicants: February 15
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). 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 February 15. Returning students should complete the FAFSA no later than May 1.
The FAFSA school code for all CWRU undergraduates is 003137.
Step 3: Application Supplements
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.
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.
Additional Application Requirements
One or more of the following items of additional documentation may be needed for an individual student's financial aid application. In such cases, the Office of University Financial Aid will request the documentation from the student by e-mail and U.S. mail. Please do not submit any of these items unless the Office of University Financial Aid specifically requests them:
- CWRU Financial Aid Form (Required for all enrolling and continuing students)
- Student/Parent Title IV Income Worksheet
- Student/Parent Untaxed Income Worksheet
- Verification Form
- IRS Tax Transcript for 2012 - Student
- IRS Tax Transcript for 2012 - Parents
- Student/Spouse Affidavit of Income
- Parent Non-Filer Form
Downloadable versions of these documents are available from our forms library. IRS Tax Transcripts may be requested by the filer at http://www.irs.gov. 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.