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Financial Assistance for 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 general academic scholarships, Case Western Reserve offers a variety of 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. Continuing students who are interested in applying for scholarships can check out the outside scholarship database.

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 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 the FAFSA. The analysis considers income and assets of the student and parent while making allowances for family size, taxes and certain living expenses.

Need-based financial aid takes the form of grants, Federal Work-Study awards and loans.


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

Federal College Work-Study Program (FCWSP)

Work-study 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 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 university loans. On some loans, interest may not start to accrue until after graduation. On others, interest accrues immediately. Loans may be based on demonstrated financial need. Learn more about how loans work.