Applying for aid

File the FAFSA

WSU's federal school codes

General: 002329
School of Medicine: E00570
Law School: E00435 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to apply for financial aid. This includes grants, loans and work-study programs.

2015-16 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2015, winter 2016 and spring/summer 2016 semesters. 
                          Available January 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

2014-15 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2014, winter 2015 and spring/summer 2015 semesters. 
                          Available January 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Step 1: File your tax returns early

  • Income and tax information is required on the FAFSA.
  • Use IRS Data Retrieval- Beginning February 1, you will be able to transfer IRS tax return data directly from the IRS website into the fields on the FAFSA. On the FAFSA, in the Financial Information section, click "Link to IRS." On the IRS website, fill out the form and click "Transfer my tax information into the FAFSA." 
  • You may estimate your tax information and then go back later to make corrections.

Step 2: Obtain a PIN

  • To electronically sign your FAFSA, you must first obtain a PIN at

Step 3: File your FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is available beginning January 1 for the upcoming academic year at
  • State of Michigan FAFSA deadline: March 1
  • WSU FAFSA priority deadline: March 31

Step 4: Follow up

  • We will use the data on the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial aid.

  • Check Pipeline/Academica for any additional required documents. Complete your requirements early so your aid is ready for you when you need it.

  • Check your requirements

Avoid delays

Submit your FAFSA and all documents early for maximum aid eligibility.

  • The 2015-16 FAFSA is available now.
  • The 2014-15 FAFSA will be available until June 30, 2015.

FAFSA help

Help with the FAFSA is available by phone at 800-4-FED-AID [800-433-3243]. Online support is also available via chat or email from the Federal Student Aid Information Center.

Federal student aid at a glance 2014-15

Steps to IRS Data Retrieval