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.
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 Pipeline/Academica.
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.
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.
Financial need is calculated by subtracting your expected family contribution from estimated costs.
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.
Pipeline is the secure portal for information and resources at Wayne State University. Pipeline 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).