CWRU | First Year

Loan instructions for first-year students

Review the procedures below to apply for student loans listed on your financial aid award. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact the Office of External Loans at 216.368.6531 or by email at faloans@case.edu.

General steps for any aid to post to your tuition account

Loans will post to your tuition account ten (10) days before the start of the fall semester and on the first day of classes of the spring semester

1. Decide which loans listed on your My Financial Aid portal you will accept or decline. Visit the Financial Aid portal: case.edu/financialaid/myfinancialaid

2. Submit any outstanding documents listed on the Documents tab of your My Financial Aid portal

Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans: Only completed once during CWRU program career

Student Eligibility Requirements: 17-18 FAFSA

Documents Needed: Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling

School Name: Case Western Reserve University

School Code/Branch: G03024

Please allow 2 weeks for processing

1. Log into https://studentloans.gov/ using your FSA ID. Student must log in as themselves

2. Click on “Complete Loan Counseling (Entrance, Financial Awareness, Exit).” You need to complete the “Entrance Counseling”

3. Click on “Complete Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note).” You need to complete the “MPN for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans”

Note: If the unsubsidized loan is not on your financial aid notification please contact External Loans at faloans@case.edu.

Federal Direct PLUS: Credit-based and the application must be completed each academic year

Parent Eligibility Requirements: 17-18 FAFSA for your student

Documents Needed: PLUS Application, Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note

School Name: Case Western Reserve University

School Code/Branch: G03024

Please allow 2 weeks for processing.

1. Parents must log into https://studentloans.gov/ using their (parent) FSA ID

2. Click on “Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan.” Complete the “Direct PLUS Loan Application for Parents”

You should be notified immediately of whether you are approved or denied. If denied, you will be sent additional instructions from the Department of Education and will also be required to go to the main page and “Complete PLUS Credit Counseling”

3. Click on “Complete Loan Agreement (Master Promissory Note).” Parents must complete “PLUS MPN for Parents”

Note: If a parent is denied for the Federal Direct PLUS, the student may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loan. Contact External Loans for more information at faloans@case.edu

Private Loans: Credit-based and Needs to be completed each academic year

Please allow about 1 month for processing

1. CWRU Preferred Lender list: https://choice.fastproducts.org/FastChoice/home/302400/

2. For lenders not on the preferred lender list email External loans at faloans@case.edu once you have completed the application. This will help to prevent delays in processing

Note: If your entire application, including the promissory note, is not completed your information may not be sent to the University for processing