FAFSA changes for 2018-19

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1, 2017 for the 2018-19 academic year. Students are required to use tax information from 2016 to submit the 2018-19 FAFSA. You can file your FAFSA now.

When you complete the 2018-19 FAFSA at fafsa.gov, use the WSU school code 002329. 

12 common FAFSA mistakes

File early

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

  • File your 2018-19 FAFSA by December 1, 2017 for maximum aid consideration.
  • To be considered for a State of Michigan scholarship, Michigan residents must file the FAFSA by March 1, 2018.
  • To be considered for a WSU grant award, new freshmen are encouraged to file the FAFSA by December 1, 2017.
  • Students who file late will be considered only for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans. 

FAFSA verification

If your 2018-19 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 2018-19 FAFSA and your 2016 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.

2018-19 FAFSA FAQs

 Can I use 2017 income and tax information for the 2018-19 academic year?

No. 2016 income and tax information will be used when you apply for the 2018-19 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, 2017 – June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 2015
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


 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.