Federal student loans can be an option for graduate students who need assistance with educational expenses.
Applying for aid
To receive federal aid you must annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). File the FAFSA and complete requirements early to have your aid ready for you when you need it.
2020-21 FAFSA Apply for 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 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, in order for us to determine your eligibility for federal aid, which includes federal student loans.
How financial aid is determined
We determine your eligibility for federal aid based on the information that you supplied on the FAFSA.
The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the set estimated cost of attendance figure.
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.
Complete outstanding requirements
Aid cannot be applied to your student account until all requirements are met.
Academica is the secure portal for information and resources at Wayne State University. Academica requires a student AccessID. Upon 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).
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.