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.
2020-21 FAFSA Apply for the fall 2020, winter 2021 and spring/summer 2021 semesters.
Available October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021, use your 2018 income/tax information
2021-22 FAFSA Apply for the fall 2021, winter 2022 and spring/summer 2022 semesters.
Available October 1, 2020 - June 30, 2022, use your 2019 income/tax information
The FAFSA is a requirement – it is used to determine your eligibility for federal aid (including student loans).
How financial aid is determined
Your eligibility for federal aid is determined based on your FAFSA information.
The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the set estimated cost of attendance figure.
Your award letter will be sent via your WSU email account. You may view your award information at any time 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.
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.
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 fafsa.gov. Click the login button and enter your FSA ID. Select "Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)" from the "My FAFSA" page.