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Consumer information

Your Rights

You have the right to know specific consumer information such as campus crime statistics, athletic information, and graduation and completion rates. See below for additional information.

Confidentiality and Release of Information

You have the right to privacy. All records and information submitted with your application for financial aid are confidential, and subject to legal requirements concerning disclosure of such information.

Financial Aid Application Process

You have the right to know the application procedures for each of the available programs.

Financial Aid Available

You have the right to know what financial aid programs are available to you, including information on all federal, state and university financial aid programs.

Financial Aid Disbursement

You have the right to know how and when financial aid is distributed.

Financial Aid Eligibility

You have the right to know how your financial aid eligibility was determined.

Refund Policy

You have the right to know about the school refund policies. If a student wants to drop a class prior to the deadline they must do so on the web at https://login.wayne.edu/

Return of Title IV Funds

You have the right to know the refund policy required by federal regulations for Title IV funds if you withdraw after the semester begins.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

You have the right to know how Wayne State University determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not.

Student Loan Cancelation

You have the right to request a reduction or cancelation of your student loan. Remember that a student loan is a debt that must be repaid; borrow only what you need. You have 14 days after the loan funds have disbursed to request cancelation in writing of a portion or all loan funds disbursed.

Student Loan Terms

You have the right to know the interest rate of your loan, the total amount to be repaid (or not to be repaid), repayment procedures, when repayment begins, and the length of the repayment period.

Your Responsibilities

When you accept the offer of financial aid specified in your award notice, you agree to accept and fulfill all of the following responsibilities, including the terms and conditions set by the federal regulations for financial aid.

Your award was determined in accordance with the laws, regulations, and appropriations of the U.S. Congress, the State of Michigan, and Wayne State University, and is subject to adjustment or cancelation in the event of changes to these laws or your eligibility. You are responsible for regularly checking your student email account for information from Wayne State University and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

You are responsible for providing correct information at all times. Reporting false information is a violation of the law and may be considered a criminal offense.

As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:

  • Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended timeframes.
  • Read all materials sent to you from the Office of Student Financial Aid and other agencies awarding you aid. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you sign.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to:
    • You must not be in default on any prior educational loan.
    • You must not owe a refund on a Federal PELL Grant or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant due to repayment.
  • Provide additional documentation, federal tax returns, W-2's, and any additional information if requested by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
  • Complete the registration process (i.e., respond to your tuition bill) each semester by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded.


You must be enrolled at least half-time in courses that will count toward your degree to qualify for most types of financial aid. Courses that are for noncredit (i.e., audit) do not count toward your degree. The Financial Aid Office must be notified of changes in enrollment, residency status or a change in name. Financial aid and scholarships are disbursed based on the current enrollment and residency status. Failure to maintain the enrollment level and residency status will result in the review of your eligibility and may result in the revision or cancelation of all or a portion of your aid.

You must contact the Office of Student Financial Aid if you are planning to participate in an Internship/Co-op or Study Abroad/National Exchange program recognized by Wayne State University.

You must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress according to established policies and standards of Wayne State University.

You must notify Wayne State University and any lenders if there are changes in your name, permanent mailing address, anticipated graduation date, or enrollment status. If you are a recipient of a Federal Loan, you must notify your lender should any of the following occur before the loan is repaid:

  • You change your address and/or phone number
  • You graduate
  • You withdraw from school or are enrolled less than half time
  • You change your name (e.g., maiden to married name)
  • You transfer to another university

Students who default on their student loans or owe refunds on federal grants are not eligible for any financial aid.

Outside Assistance:

You must report to the Financial Aid Office the type and amount of any scholarships or other financial assistance you receive from non-university sources. Such scholarships or assistance may result in a revision or reduction in the amount of aid offered you.

Use of Funds:

Students must give priority in paying their university bills with their financial aid.

If you become ineligible for financial aid after a disbursement has been made, you are responsible to pay for any charges.

You must perform the work agreed upon if you accept a Work-Study position (on or off campus). You must notify us in writing if you are receiving financial aid for attendance at another institution while attending Wayne State University.

Consumer Information


Wayne State University has been accredited by the  since 1937.

Athletic Program Participation

Campus Safety and Security

The Wayne State University Police Department was formed in 1966 and provides a full range of professional police services to both the main and medical center campuses as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. In Emergencies Dial (313) 577-2222, Campus Phone Dial 7-2222.

Cost of Attending WSU

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Prevention Information

Students may seek referral assistance by contacting University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), at 313-577-3398. See the Wayne State University Drug and Alcohol policy.

Equal Opportunity Statement

In accordance with federal requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, there shall be no discrimination on the basis of handicap in Wayne State University's programs, operations and activities, in the hiring, terms and conditions or privileges of employment or any matter directly or indirectly related to such employment, or in the admission, education and treatment of students. Visit Accessibility Services, Educational (EAS) for services available to disabled students.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Financial Aid/Scholarship Fraud

Every year, students seek creative ways to finance the costs of a college education. In the process, they sometimes fall prey to scholarship and financial aid scams. According to the FTC, perpetrators of financial aid fraud often use these telltale lines:

  • The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.
  • You can't get this information anywhere else.
  • I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.
  • We'll do all the work.
  • The scholarship will cost some money.
  • You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship’ or ‘You're a finalist,’ in a contest you never entered.

To file a complaint, or for free information, students or parents should call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or visit the FTC website.

Graduation/Completion Rates

Graduation and completion rate information is available in the Career Services Office.

Loan Counseling

Refund Policy

Return of Title IV Funds

School Contact Information

Services for Disabled Students

Withdrawal Procedures

Financial Aid Code of Conduct

The Wayne State University Office of Student Financial Aid staff follows WSU University Policies, which include prohibitions on conflict of interest. In addition, as a member of the National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) we follow the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.

View the full code of conduct (pdf)