Aid for non-degree programs

As a non-degree student, you may be eligible for limited student loan funding if you are enrolled in an eligible certificate program, teacher certification program or taking prerequisite coursework necessary for admission to degree program. 


Post-bachelor students

Teacher certification courses

The courses must be required for elementary or secondary Michigan teacher certification or re-certification.

  • You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) to be eligible for federal student loans. 

Aid for teacher certification

  • Federal Stafford Annual Loan Limits
    • Dependent students: $5,500
    • Independent students: $12,500
  • Students enrolled in teacher certification programs are considered fifth-year undergraduates and subject to undergraduate lifetime loan limits.

Optional courses that you elect to take for professional recognition, advancement, endorsement or that Wayne State University recommends, do not qualify for a loan.


Approved post-bachelor certificate programs

The courses must be required for your certificate program.

  • You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) to be eligible for federal student loans.

Aid for approved post-bachelor certificate programs

  • Federal Stafford Annual Loan Limits
    • Dependent students: $5,500
    • Independent students: $12,500
  • Students enrolled in approved post-bachelor certification programs are considered fifth-year undergraduates and are subject to undergraduate lifetime limits.
  • The loan amounts will be prorated if the loan period is less than one academic year. 

Post-bachelor certificate programs include the following:

Optional courses that you elect to take for professional recognition, advancement, endorsement or that Wayne State University recommends, do not qualify for a federal loan.


Prerequisite course work

Prerequisite Coursework Aid Request Form

In order for us to review your eligibility, you must submit the Prerequisite Coursework Aid Request Form, which includes a plan of work. The form must be signed by an advisor in the program in which you will enroll after prerequisites are complete. 

Your advisor must certify that you will be admitted to and enrolled in the program after successfully finishing the prerequisite courses. You will not be eligible for financial aid if you will not be enrolled in the new program. 

Caution: Do not assume you will receive financial aid. A Financial Aid Officer will review your form and enrollment status to confirm your aid eligibility.  

Aid for prerequisite course work

Undergraduate annual, aggregate and lifetime loan limits apply to post-bachelor students. You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) to be eligible for federal student loans.

Whether or not first-year or fifth-year undergraduate loan limits are applied is determined by the level of the program for which you are completing prerequisites.  

Preparatory coursework for admission to an undergraduate program 

  • Dependent students: $2,625
  • Independent students: $8,625

Preparatory coursework for admission to a graduate program 

  • Dependent students: $5,500
  • Independent students: $12,500

Loans—Federal Direct Loan or Federal Parent PLUS Loan—are limited to one consecutive 12-month period, i.e.., three consecutive semesters: fall, winter, and summer OR winter, summer, and fall; OR summer, fall, and winter. Federal financial aid regulations do not allow exceptions.

Courses taken for the sole purpose of raising your grade point average, courses that are not required prerequisites for enrollment in an eligible program, and courses taken for professional recognition or advancement or that Wayne State University recommends do not qualify for financial aid. You must enroll only in courses that are required for admission and enrollment in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program. If you are repeating courses to correct an academic deficiency you are not eligible for financial aid.


Lifetime federal loan limits for students in post-bachelor programs

Review your loan history at studentaid.gov.

  • Dependent Students - $31,000, of which no more than $23,000 can be subsidized loans
  • Independent Students - $57,500, of which no more than $23,000 can be subsidized loans

Graduate certificate programs

Remember to file the annual FAFSA. 

Not all certificate programs are eligible for federal student aid.

Programs currently eligible for aid:

School/College

Program

Program Code

CIP Code

Certificate

School of Business Administration (BA)

Accounting

PBCACC_UG_BA

52.0301

Post-Bachelor Certificate

College of Education (ED)

Applied Behavioral Analysis

UGCABA_UG_ED

42.2814

Undergraduate Certificate

College of Education (ED)

Bilingual-Bicultural Education

BGCBBE_GR_ED

13.0201

Bridge Graduate Certificate

College of Education (ED)

Counseling

EDSPC_GR_ED

13.1101

Education Specialist Certificate

College of Education (ED)

Curriculum and Instruction

EDSPC_GR_ED

13.0301

Education Specialist Certificate

College of Education (ED)

English as a Second Language

BGCESL_GR_ED

13.1401

Bridge Graduate Certificate

College of Education (ED)

Administration & Supervision

EDSPC_GR_ED

13.0401

Education Specialist Certificate

College of Education (ED)

Reading

EDSPC_GR_ED

13.1315

Education Specialist Certificate

College of Education (ED)

School Psychology

GCAGSP_GR_ED

42.2805

Graduate Certificate

College of Engineering (EN)

Alternative Energy Technology

GCAET_GR_EN

14.9999

Graduate Certificate

College of Engineering (EN)

Polymer Engineering

GCPOL_GR_EN

14.3201

Graduate Certificate

College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts (FA)

Communications & New Media

GCCNM_GR_FA

9.0702

Graduate Certificate

College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts (FA)

Health Communication

GCHC_GR_FA

9.0905

Graduate Certificate

School of Information Sciences (IS)

Archival Administration

GCAA_GR_IS

25.0103

Graduate Certificate

School of Information Sciences (IS)

Information Management

GCIM_GR_IS

11.0401

Graduate Certificate

School of Information Sciences (IS)

Library & Information Science 

SCLIS_GR_IS

25.0101

Graduate Specialist Certificate

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LS)

Economic Development

GCED_GR_LS

45.0601

Graduate Certificate

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LS)

World History

BGCWH_GR_LS

54.0101

Bridge Graduate Certificate

School of Social Work (SW)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies

GCADA_GR_SW

51.1501

Graduate Certificate

School of Social Work (SW)

Disabilities

GCD_GR_SW

51.2399

Graduate Certificate

School of Social Work (SW)

Gerontology

GCG_GR_SW

30.1101

Graduate Certificate