Financial aid options


Grants are awarded based on financial need and do not require repayment. The annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a requirement for Wayne State grants.


Wayne State University offers a variety of merit scholarships to new students. WSU colleges, schools and academic departments also offer a variety of awards based on a combination of criteria, including financial need, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities. Students also often qualify for awards from external organizations, and we encourage them to pursue all opportunities.


A federal work-study award is offered to students with financial need who may contribute toward their educational expenses by working part time. Work-study funds are very limited and not all eligible applicants will receive an award.


Loans require repayment. Detailed information about repayment of federal loans — including borrower rights and responsibilities — is available in the Guide to Federal Student Aid.

Other types of aid

Certain students qualify for specialized types of financial aid based on a variety of factors.

Note: Incoming freshmen are also eligible to be considered for University, Presidential, Distinguished, Gold, Green or Academic Achievement scholarships.