Incoming freshmen

File the FAFSA early

To receive federal aid you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. The FAFSA is available online January 1 for the coming academic year. File early to take advantage of all available aid.

The financial aid office determines your awards based on the information supplied on your FAFSA.

Parent information on the FAFSA

Award notification

As an incoming student, you will receive one paper award letter mailed to your home address. You will receive all other notifications via your WSU email account. You may view your award information at any time in Academica.

Accept your awards

Complete outstanding requirements

Aid cannot be applied to your student account until all requirements are met. You may have requirements if your FAFSA was selected for verification. If you have accepted student loans, you will have loan entrance counseling and promissory note requirements to complete. Click on the requirement in Academica and you will be directed to the form or the studentloans.gov website.

Check your requirements

Expected Family Contribution 

We use the expected family contribution (EFC) to determine your eligibility for need-based federal student aid and university grants.

Your EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education, using the need-analysis formula set by Congress, and based on the information you reported on your FAFSA.

This number is calculated from parent and student income and asset information. Allowances are made for household size, number of family members in college and an asset protection based on age. There are opportunities to borrow funds to help pay for the EFC.

Need-based aid

Need-based aid includes federal grants, state grants, university grants, federal college work-study, Federal Perkins loans and the subsidized portion of the Federal Direct loans.

Financial need is calculated by subtracting your expected family contribution from estimated costs.  

Non-need-based aid

Non-need-based aid includes university merit scholarships, the unsubsidized portion of the Federal Direct loan, Federal Parent PLUS loans, private educational loans, and other resources.

The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance.

Eligibility for non-need-based aid is determined by subtracting your amount of need-based aid from the estimated cost of attendance.

WSU Academica

Academica is the secure portal for information and resources at Wayne State University. Academica requires a student AccessID. On application for admission to WSU, notification of the AccessID and a temporary password are mailed to applicants from the Office of Computing & Information Technology (C&IT).

Using Academica

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