Applying for aid

File the FAFSA

The school code for WSU 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.

2021-22 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring/summer 2022 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022, use your 2019 income/tax information

2022-23 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2022, winter 2023 and spring/summer 2023 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023, use your 2020 income/tax information

Use the mobile app to file your FAFSA - new

The myStudentAid mobile app is available in the App Store (on iOS) and the Play Store (on Android). 

Step 1: Have your tax return and income information available when you file the FAFSA.

Income and tax information is required on the FAFSA.
When you are attending (school year) When you can submit a FAFSA Which year's income and tax information is required
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 October 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022 2019
July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023 October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023 2020
July 1, 2023 - June 20, 2024 October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024 2021

Step 2: Create an FSA ID

  • To file and electronically sign your FAFSA, you will be asked to create an FSA ID.

Step 3: File your FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is available at
  • State of Michigan 2022-23 FAFSA deadline: May 1, 2022
  • New freshmen are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2021
  • WSU 2022-23 FAFSA priority deadline: March 1, 2022
  • New undergraduate freshmen may qualify for WSU Tuition Pledge Progams if they file the FAFSA and are admitted by March 1, 2022

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 2021-22 FAFSA is available October 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022.
  • The 2022-23 FAFSA is available October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023

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.

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IRS Data Retrieval

The IRS Date Retrieval Tool (DRT) is available when you file the FAFSA. Using this tool is the easiest and most accurate way to file the FAFSA.

If you choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will need to have tax returns and other records of other income available when you complete the FAFSA. If your FAFSA is selected for verification you may be asked to supply a copy of your IRS tax transcript. A tax transcript can be obtained online at

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