University description (as per official university website)
The Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science has evolved and grown, shaped by the needs of the community it serves. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook section of South Los Angeles, the institution benefits from its location and the corresponding diversity and complexity of its patient population by creating an academic environment unlike any other. Through innovative basic science, the University conducts education, patient care and research programs-training physicians and allied health professionals to provide care to under served populations.
Following nearly a decade of community-based advocacy for improved medical services, the University was incorporated in August of 1966. In response to the lack of adequate medical facilities in the area, the institution later became a University and changed its name in 1987 to reflect its expanded academic role and identity. The University is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew, a brilliant African-American physician, famous for his pioneering work in blood preservation. His dedication to learning and the sharing of knowledge to benefit mankind is the inspiration for the University.
The 11-acre campus includes a day care facility, elementary school, high-school, biomedical library, central administration, educational & learning resources, (basic, clinical and population-based research facilities), and housing for postgraduate students. Based on the concept of the “educational pipeline,” a child could conceivably start out in day care, complete all the necessary levels of schooling and graduate as a practicing physician all on one campus.
The University strives to improve the health status of under served communities through innovative biomedical research, and progressive health policies. By maintaining and expanding relationships with local medical schools, research institutions and community-based organizations, Drew is focused on eliminating the health disparities by providing access to and delivery of healthcare services to underserved populations.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
There are three easy steps to follow when applying for financial aid for the 2009/2010 academic year:
1. Complete the 2009/2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal FAFSA. The FAFSA must be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to enter The Charles Drew Federal School Code 013653. Please be advised this is a FREE application. You should NOT PAY to have your FAFSA completed.
2. Complete and submit a copy of the Charles Drew Financial Aid Request Form. Click here to download a copy this form for 2009-2010.
3. Submit a copy of the previous year's federal income tax returns (1040, 1040A or 1040EZ - we DO NOT NEED your state 540 tax returns) If you are not filing a federal 1040 tax return, you must complete a Non-Tax-Filer Verification Status Form. Click here to download a copy of this form for 2009-2010.
4. The Office of Financial Aid will process the application and send an Award Notification Letter to the student applicant. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.
For identification purposes please submit to the Charles Drew Office of Financial Aid a copy of your Drivers license or state Identification card along with a copy and social security card; and, if applicable for permanent resident or eligible non-citizen status, both sides of form I-151 or I-551 Alien Registration card (green card), U.S. passport or certificate of naturalization will be needed for identification.
If further documentation is required to complete the financial aid application process, the Office of Financial Aid will contact you.
Office of Financial Aid
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science