Types of Financial Assistance Available to Undergraduate Students


Scholarships, usually awarded by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, are based on academic achievement, involvement in school, community activities and evidence of leadership. In addition to our general academic scholarships, Case Western Reserve also offers a variety of other awards based on specific academic interests such as nursing, theater and engineering.

Students are automatically considered for most available scholarships when they apply to CWRU. Visit the Undergraduate Admission scholarships page for the few cases where you must submit additional materials for consideration.

Need-Based Financial Aid

The Office of University Financial Aid will assess your eligibility for need-based aid based in part on the information you provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Your financial need is calculated as the difference between the cost of attendance at Case Western Reserve University for the year and the ability of you and your family to reasonably contribute to those expenses, also known as the expected family contribution (EFC). EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education using the information you provide on your FAFSA. The analysis considers income and assets of the student and parent while making allowances for family size, taxes, and certain living expenses.

Grants are gifts based on a student's financial need that do not have to be repaid. CWRU Grant comes from the University. Other grant sources include the federal and state governments and/or private sources.

Federal College Work Study Program (FCWSP)
The FCWSP is a type of student employment intended primarily for students with the highest financial need. This type of employment allows students to contribute to the cost of their education by working on campus and, in some cases, at neighboring institutions. While there is no guarantee that a student will obtain a job or earn the full amount awarded, CWRU's employment program helps place students into substantive positions as research assistants, tour guides, library aids, tutors and more. Rates of pay begin at $9.20 per hour.

Loans must be repaid. They may be government-sponsored low-interest loans, regular bank loans at a reduced interest rate or low-interest University loans. On some loans, interest may not start to accrue until after graduation, on others, it may begin immediately. Loans may be based on demonstrated financial need. Learn more about loan options.