Financial Aid: FAQs

Click on the questions below to find answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Financial Aid at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

What is financial aid?

What is financial need?

I won’t qualify for aid. Why should I fill out the FAFSA and/or PROFILE?

Is there a separate form for CIM Financial Aid?

Is the likelihood of being admitted to CIM greater if I do not apply for any Scholarship/Financial Aid?

How is CIM Scholarship and Financial Aid determined?

I haven't prepared my taxes yet, can I file my FAFSA?

What is the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and should I use it?

Do I need to send CIM my tax returns?

What is the EFC?

What is the SAR?

Does CIM require the CSS Profile Form?

Can I increase my Work Study, or have it reinstated later in the year, if I originally declined it?

I said I wanted Work Study on my FAFSA, but it wasn't offered to me. Why not?

Will CIM expect me to pay the amount of my EFC?

How much will my parents be expected to contribute?

Are my parents responsible for my educational loans?

I am a parent interested in taking out a PLUS Loan - what do I need to do?

I am a parent, and am paying my child's tuition. Why can't I get information sent to ME?

I don't want to disclose my income or assets to CIM. Can my son/daughter get any scholarship/financial aid?

My parents do not and will not support me financially. Am I “Independent”?

When will I get my financial aid offer?

Can I appeal my aid offer?

Why do I have to complete loan counseling?

Will my financial aid be changed if I receive additional assistance from other sources?

Will my scholarship increase while I'm in school?

Will my CIM Financial Aid package fully cover my tuition?

Why is my Financial Aid offer so different everywhere I have applied?

Is any financial aid taxable?

Can international students get financial aid?

If I want to study abroad how will this affect my aid?

How does my course enrollment impact my aid eligibility?

Financial Aid Office

Fax: 216.707.4519

Kristine Gripp

Director of Financial Aid

p. 216.795.3192

e. kxg26@cim.edu

Lindsey Sobeck

Financial Aid Assistant (Mon, Wed, Fri)

p. 216.795.3166

e. lindsey.sobeck@cim.edu

Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon & 1:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

NetPartner is the online Financial Aid system used at CIM. This site will be your main reference point once you are have formally applied to CIM and/or are a currently enrolled student: http://netpartner.cim.edu.

The CIM School Code for the FAFSA is 003031.

The CIM School Code for the CSS PROFILE is 1124.

Important Forms

FAFSA - required each year to apply for or to renew aid for U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens. For 2010-11 applicants, the due date is February 15, 2010. The returning student due date for the 2010-11 FAFSA is March 1, 2010.

Transfer Clearance Form - required of any applicant who will NOT have completed their current degree at their prior school before enrolling at CIM. Also required if you have previously deposited and signed an Intent to Enroll Form with another school (this may happen if you are wait-listed at CIM, and accepted another school's offer in the meantime).

See all forms on the Financial Aid Forms & Links page.

Useful Links

NetPartner is Temporarily Unavailable

There are no processes for applicants or current students that require NetPartner access at this time. If you have any questions, please contact the CIM Financial Aid Office at 216-795-3192 or financialaid@cim.edu. Thank you for your patience.

NetPartner: CIM's online financial aid system. Students must be an active applicant for admission to CIM or be a current CIM student to have a NetPartner account.

CIM Catalog: for more details pertaining to CIM's rules, regulations and policies for subjects related to Financial Aid and other areas. You can see our policies on Academic and Artistic Progress requirements and probation, Withdrawals, Leave of Absence, etc.

NSLDS: the National Student Loan Data System site allows you to view your complete federal loan and Pell grant history

Ohio Grant Aid: site for students and parents about Ohio student aid.

5-Year Calendar: CIM / Case five-year calendar from the Case Western Reserve University Registrar's Office.

See many more financial aid resources on the Financial Aid Forms & Links page.