Incoming first-year undergraduates

File the FAFSA early

To receive federal aid you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.

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

2023-24 FAFSA   Apply for fall 2023, winter 2024 and spring/summer 2024 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024, use your 2021 income/tax information

  • Use the WSU School Code 002329. 
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer your tax data directly onto your FAFSA.

We recommend that you submit your FAFSA by December 1, 2022 for maximum scholarship consideration for the 2023-24 academic year. 

If you plan to attend college Submit this FAFSA Submit the FAFSA Use income and tax information from 
July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023 2022-23 October 1, 2021- June 30, 2023 2020
July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024 2023-24 October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024 2021

Your financial aid offers are determined by the Financial Aid Office based on the information on your FAFSA 

Parent information on the FAFSA

Award notification

As an incoming student, you will receive one paper award letter mailed to your home address. You will receive all other notifications via your WSU email account. You may view your award information at any time in Academica.

Accept your awards

Complete outstanding requirements

Aid cannot be applied to your student account until all requirements are met. You may have requirements if your FAFSA was selected for verification. If you have accepted student loans, you will have loan entrance counseling and promissory note requirements to complete. Click on the requirement in Academica and you will be directed to the form or the website.

Check your requirements

Expected Family Contribution 

We use the expected family contribution (EFC) to determine your eligibility for need-based federal student aid and university grants.

Your EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education, using the need-analysis formula set by Congress, and based on the information you reported on your FAFSA.

This number is calculated from parent and student income and asset information. Allowances are made for household size, number of family members in college and an asset protection based on age. There are opportunities to borrow funds to help pay for the EFC.

Need-based aid

Need-based aid includes federal grants, state grants, university grants, federal college work-study, Federal Perkins loans and the subsidized portion of the Federal Direct loans.

Financial need is calculated by subtracting your expected family contribution from estimated costs.  

Non-need-based aid

Non-need-based aid includes university merit scholarships, the unsubsidized portion of the Federal Direct loan, Federal Parent PLUS loans, private educational loans, and other resources.

The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance.

Eligibility for non-need-based aid is determined by subtracting your amount of need-based aid from the estimated cost of attendance.

The financial aid portal in Academica

Academica is the secure portal for information and resources at Wayne State University. Academica requires a student AccessID. On application for admission to WSU, notification of the AccessID and a temporary password are mailed to applicants from the Office of Computing & Information Technology (C&IT).