Graduate students

Federal student loans can be an option for graduate students who need assistance with educational expenses.

Applying for aid

You must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to receive aid. In order to have your aid ready when you need it, file the FAFSA and complete requirements early.

2022-23 FAFSA   Apply for the 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 the fall 2023, winter 2024 and spring/summer 2024 semesters. 
                          Available October 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024, use your 2021 income/tax information

The FAFSA is a requirement – it is used to determine your eligibility for federal aid (including student loans).

Required reading     Accepting your awards

How financial aid is determined

Your eligibility for federal aid is determined based on your FAFSA information. 

Graduate student aid includes departmental scholarships, the unsubsidized Federal Direct loan, Federal Graduate PLUS loans, private educational loans, and other resources.

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

Award notification

Your award letter will be sent 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 - 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

Check your requirements

WSU Academica

Academica is the secure portal for information and resources at Wayne State University. To access Academica you will need a student AccessID which will be mailed to you (along with a temporary password), upon admission to WSU.

Using Academica

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.

GRE® fee reduction

Students who meet need-based guidelines may request a fee reduction to take the General Test and/or a Subject Test for 50 percent of the full test fee. You will be required to send a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) and a completed GRE Fee Reduction Request Form directly to ETS. For more information on the GRE Fee Reduction Program, visit the GRE website.

To request a copy of your Student Aid Report, go to Click the login button and enter your FSA ID. Select "Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)" from the "My FAFSA" page.

Professional school students

Office of Student Financial Aid at WSU School of Medicine

Office of Student Financial Aid at WSU Law School