Consumer information

Your rights

You have the right to know specific consumer information such as campus crime statistics, athletic information, and graduation and completion rates. See below for additional information.

You have the right to privacy. All records and information submitted with your application for financial aid are confidential, and subject to legal requirements concerning disclosure of such information.
You have the right to know the estimated costs of attendance.
You have the right to know the application procedures for each of the available programs.
You have the right to know what financial aid programs are available to you, including information on all federal, state and university financial aid programs.
You have the right to know how and when financial aid is distributed.
You have the right to know how your financial aid eligibility was determined.
You have the right to know costs, placement rates and other information about certificate programs subject to gainful employment rules.
You have the right to know the school refund policies. If a student wants to drop a class before the deadline they must do so on the web at
You have the right to know the refund policy required by federal regulations for Title IV funds if you withdraw after the semester begins.
You have the right to know how Wayne State University determines whether you are making satisfactory academic progress, and what happens if you are not.
You have the right to request a reduction or cancelation of your student loan. Remember that a student loan is a debt that must be repaid; borrow only what you need. You have 14 days after the loan funds have disbursed to request cancelation in writing of a portion or all loan funds disbursed.
You have the right to know the interest rate of your loan, the total amount to be repaid (or not to be repaid), repayment procedures, when repayment begins, and the length of the repayment period.
You have the right to know the criteria the school uses regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution.
The book voucher program is available to help you with purchasing required books and supplies early in the semester.
You have the right to know the terms and conditions, which apply to a work-study award.

Your responsibilities

When you accept the offer of financial aid specified in your award notice, you agree to accept and fulfill all the following responsibilities, including the terms and conditions set by the federal regulations for financial aid.

  • You are responsible for regularly checking your student email account for information from Wayne State University and the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Your award was determined in accordance with the laws, regulations, and appropriations of the U.S. Congress, the State of Michigan, and Wayne State University, and is subject to adjustment or cancelation in the event of changes to these laws or your eligibility.

  • You are responsible for always providing correct information. Reporting false information is a violation of the law and may be considered a criminal offense.

As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:

  • Complete and submit application materials within required or recommended timeframes.
  • Read all materials sent to you from the Office of Student Financial Aid and other agencies awarding you aid. Keep copies of all forms you sign.
  • Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to:
    • You must not be in default on any prior educational loan.
    • You must not owe a refund on a Federal PELL Grant or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant due to repayment.
  • Provide additional documentation as requested by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
  • Complete the registration process each semester by the end of the drop/add period to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded.

Enrollment requirements

You must be enrolled at least half-time in courses that will count toward your degree to qualify for most types of financial aid. Courses that are for noncredit do not count toward your degree.

Satisfactory academic progress

You must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress according to established policies and standards of Wayne State University.

Federal student loans

If you are a recipient of a Federal Loan, you must notify your lender should any of the following occur before the loan is repaid:

  • You change your address and/or phone number
  • You graduate
  • You withdraw from school or are enrolled less than half time
  • You change your name 
  • You transfer to another university

Outside assistance

You must report to the Financial Aid Office the type and amount of any scholarships or other financial assistance you receive from non-university sources. Such scholarships or assistance may result in a revision or reduction in the amount of aid offered you.

Use of funds

  • Students must give priority in paying their university bills with their financial aid.

  • If you become ineligible for financial aid after a disbursement has been made, you are responsible to pay for any charges.

  • You must perform the work agreed on if you accept a Work-Study position.

  • You must notify us in writing if you are receiving financial aid for attendance at another institution while attending Wayne State University.

Financial aid code of conduct

The Wayne State University Office of Student Financial Aid staff follows WSU University Policies, which include prohibitions on conflict of interest. In addition, as a member of the National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) we follow the NASFAA Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.

View the full code of conduct (PDF)