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Applying for aid

File the FAFSA

WSU's federal school code is 002329

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

2016-17 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2016, winter 2017 and spring/summer 2017 semesters. 
                          Available January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017, use your 2015 income/tax information

2017-18 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2017, winter 2018 and spring/summer 2018 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018, use your 2015 income/tax information

Step 1: File your tax returns early

  • Income and tax information is required on the FAFSA.
  • Use IRS Data Retrieval- If you have filed taxes 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 an FSA ID

  • To electronically sign your FAFSA, you must first obtain an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov

Step 3: File your FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov.
  • 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 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 2016-17 FAFSA is available now.
  • The 2017-18 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2016.

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

Steps to IRS Data Retrieval