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.
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.
2024-25 FAFSA Apply for fall 2024, winter 2025 and spring/summer 2025 semesters.
Available in December 2023 - June 30, 2025, use your 2022 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, 2023 for maximum scholarship consideration for the 2024-25 academic year.
|If you plan to attend college||Submit this FAFSA||Submit the FAFSA||Use income and tax information from|
|July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024||2023-24||October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024||2021|
|July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025||2024-25||December 2023 - June 30, 2025||2022|
Your financial aid offers are determined by the Financial Aid Office based on the information on your FAFSA
New undergraduates will receive a text message from us that will link to a video with award offer information. If you did not give us your cell number when you applied for admission, view your award information in the Financial Aid Portal in Academica.
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 studentloans.gov website.
Expected Family Contribution - Student Aid Index
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 and an asset protection based on age. There are opportunities to borrow funds to help pay for the EFC.
Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, the EFC will be replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI).
Financial need is calculated by subtracting your EFC/SAI from the estimated cost of attendance.
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).