Applying for aid
You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to receive federal student loans and to be considered for some types of scholarships. In order to have your aid ready when you need it, file the FAFSA and complete requirements early.
2023-24 FAFSA Apply for the 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
Types of assistance
WSU ScholarshipUniverse connects Wayne State University students to internal and external scholarship opportunities. Current and admitted Wayne State University students can log in to search and apply for scholarships.
Assistantships and fellowships
Graduate assistantships and fellowships vary be department and program. More information is available from the Graduate School.
Federal student loans can be an option for graduate students who need assistance with educational expenses. Your eligibility for federal student loans and some scholarships is determined based on your FAFSA information. Loan types include an unsubsidized Federal Direct loan, and Federal Grad PLUS loans.
Private/alternative loans are credit-based loans borrowed through private lenders. Generally, borrowers with better credit histories receive better loan terms. You may borrow up to the cost of attendance, less other aid. Alternative loans generally have higher interest rates and fewer repayment options than federal loans. To apply for federal grants and loans, complete the FAFSA. Learn more about the advantages of federal loans.
The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the set estimated cost of attendance figure.
Financial aid notifications
Financial aid notifications will be sent via your WSU email account. You may view your financial aid information at any time in the Financial Aid Portal in Academica.
Complete outstanding requirements
Aid cannot be applied to your student account until all requirements are met - incomplete requirements will delay processing. Additional documentation may be required if you are selected for verification, or if there are other issues affecting your eligibility.
Disbursement of financial aid funds
Financial aid funds are applied to your student account balance at the beginning of each semester provided you meet all requirements.
- Respond to all requests for information
- Enroll at least half-time, which is four credits for a graduate student, five credits for a law student.
- Complete loan entrance counseling and sign promissory note(s) if you are borrowing loans.