Applying for aid

File the FAFSA

WSU's federal school code 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.

2018-19 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2018, winter 2019 and spring/summer 2019 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019, use your 2016 income/tax information

2019-20 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2019, winter 2020 and spring/summer 2020 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020, use your 2017 income/tax information

FAFSA changes for 2018-19

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, 2018 – June 30, 2019

October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020 2017
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 2018

Step 2: Obtain an FSA ID

  • To electronically sign your FAFSA, you must first obtain an FSA ID at

Step 3: File your FAFSA

  • The FAFSA is available at
  • State of Michigan 2019-20 FAFSA deadline: March 1, 2019
  • New freshmen are encouraged to apply by December 1, 2018
  • WSU 2019-20 FAFSA priority deadline: March 1, 2019

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 2018-19 FAFSA is available until June 30, 2019.
  • The 2019-20 FAFSA is available October 1, 2018 until June 30, 2020.

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.

Federal Student Aid

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