FAFSA changes for 2020-21

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1, 2019 for the 2020-21 academic year. Students are required to use income and tax information from 2018 to submit the 2020-21 FAFSA. .

When you complete the 2020-21 FAFSA at fafsa.gov, use the WSU school code 002329. 

Use the mobile app

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

File early

File your FAFSA as early as possible for maximum aid consideration, keeping these things in mind:

  • File your 2020-21 FAFSA by December 1, 2019 for maximum aid consideration.
  • To be considered for a State of Michigan scholarship, Michigan residents must file the FAFSA by March 1, 2020.
  • To be considered for a WSU grant award, new freshmen are encouraged to file the FAFSA by December 1, 2019.
  • Students who file late will be considered only for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans. 

FAFSA verification

If your FAFSA is selected for verification you may be asked to provide an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter. This letter is required if you are reporting that you will not or are not required to file a U.S.. Federal Income Tax Return. You may request this letter on the IRS website.

IRS Data Retrieval

Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when you file your FAFSA and your income and tax information will be added automatically. 

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 irs.gov/transcript.

12 common FAFSA mistakes

2021-22 FAFSA FAQs

 Can I use 2019 income and tax information for the 2021-22 academic year?

No. 2019 income and tax information will be used when you apply for the 2021-22 academic year.

When you are attending (school year) When you can submit a FAFSA Which year's income and tax information is required
July 1, 2020– June 30, 2021 October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 2018
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


 Do I have to be admitted before I add Wayne State to the FAFSA?
No need to wait. Use our school code 002329 on the FAFSA. Once you are admitted we will be able to determine your eligibility.