Resources for On-Campus Admitted Students

Welcome to the Mandel School! We are thrilled you are joining our 100-year legacy of social justice and educational excellence. While we will be in touch with you regularly before you start your first class on campus, these resources should help answer many of your initial questions and help you plan your transition as a new student. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please contact our Admissions Team at 216.368.1655 or

After you are accepted at the Mandel School, you will want to review the procedures below to apply for student loans listed on your financial aid award. If you have any questions regarding the financial aid application process, please contact Matt Colver in Mandel School Admissions at 216.368.1108 or via email at

  • Complete your FAFSA at Make sure you fill out the FAFSA using the Mandel School Federal School Code: E00084.
  • Next, complete your internal financial aid Application found at A CWRU Network ID is required to access this site, which you will be provided upon admission.
  • Once the financial aid applications have been completed, you will receive an award letter that specifies your gross award amounts. (Note: This award letter will be emailed to your CWRU email account.)
  • To accept your financial aid awards offered in your Financial Aid Award letter, you must log into My Financial Aid through Case Western Reserve’s Student Information System. You will also need to complete external Documents through the Department of Education. You will need to Complete Entrance Counseling, and sign Master Promissory Notes at
  • If you have other sources of financial aid such as VA Benefits, or if you are receiving Employer Reimbursement please consult the Mandel School Office of Financial Aid for assistance.
Federal Direct Loans

1. Log in to using your FAFSA PIN, date of birth, social security number and the first two letters of your last name. If you have difficulty with the website, please contact the Department of Education’s helpline at 800.557.7394.
2. Click on “complete Master Promissory Note” and choose “subsidized/unsubsidized.” This MPN will be good for 10 years.
3. If you have not done so in the past, complete entrance counseling by clicking on the appropriate link. You will then choose if you are a graduate or undergraduate student.
4. CWRU will receive confirmation of your submitted documents within 48 hours.

Federal Perkins Loan or CWRU Loan

1. You will receive an e-mail from ECSI when you have a university or Perkins loan that is ready to be signed.
2. Go to and follow the instructions under borrower/student login to complete entrance counseling and sign your Master Promissory Note.

Private Loans

1. View and compare lender benefits and services through the FASTChoice Lender List.
2. Choose a lender, click “apply” and complete the application.
3. The Office of External Loans will certify your loan after we receive confirmation that the entire loan procedure has been completed.
Please note: Disbursement of private loans averages 3 to 4 weeks. Please apply early if you are borrowing a private loan.
If you choose a lender not on the CWRU preferred lender list, please email

This Helpful Guide for new graduate and professional students provides a technology immersion for learning and research at Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve Graduate Student Housing Resources

Student Handbook: Graduate Student Housing section

To find roommates or housing, join the Facebook group Mandel School Student Housing! For your privacy and security, this is a closed group and you will need to request to join. Either search for the group name on Facebook and request to join OR:

  1. Open Facebook and search for: Case Western (closed groups)
  2. At the bottom of the page, you will be asked to type in your Case email
  3. An email verification will then be sent to your Case email
  4. Follow the directions in the email
  5. You will now be a member of Case Western groups
  6. You can now search for the Mandel School Student Housing Group and request to join


Save the dates for 2016 New Student Orientation: More details coming soon!

  • International Student Pre-Orientation Seminars: August 10-20
  • Intensive Weekend MSSA Orientation: August 18-20
  • Full and Part Time MSSA and MNO Orientation: August 22-26


Want to learn more about classes? Check out the course descriptions.


For traditional two-year MSSA students, the Mandel School’s flexibility allows you to use your first year to explore the possibilities of the degree and the social work profession through your foundation and generalist classes. You will then formally declare your degree specialization at the end of your first year, and your second year will focus on that specialization while you continue to be immersed in a leadership-based curriculum that will provide you the skills needed to advance your career.

Sample Patterns of Enrollment: Traditional Students (60 Credits)

Sample Patterns of Enrollment: Advanced Standing Students


Financial Aid
Matthew Colver

Andrea Hess, MSSA 2016

Debra Fields

Field Education
Amy Korsch-Williams

Andrea Porter

Intensive Weekend
Jerry Strom

CWRU Bookstore

Harris Library

International Affairs
Soad Mansour

International Student Services (ISS)