Paying for college


Grants are awarded based on financial need and do not require repayment. File the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early and we will review your eligibility.

Tuition pledge programs

Wayne State University tuition pledge programs help make college more affordable. Students who qualify will have zero out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and standard fees for up to four years of full-time study. Tuition pledge programs include the Wayne Access Tuition Pledge, Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge and the Born to Be a Warrior Tuition Pledge.


WSU colleges, schools and academic departments also offer a variety of scholarships based on a combination of criteria. New undergraduates will be considered for a merit award when we receive your admissions application. Many of our students also often qualify for awards from external organizations, and we encourage you to pursue all opportunities.

Students receiving scholarships, stipends, and fellowships can receive other federal and state aid provided the total amount awarded does not exceed the student's estimated cost of attendance.


A federal work-study award is offered to students with financial need who may contribute toward their educational expenses by working part time. 


Loans require repayment. Detailed information about repayment of federal loans — including borrower rights and responsibilities — is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Other types of aid

You may qualify for specialized types of financial aid based on a variety of factors.