Financial aid checklist

Financial aid application process

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. The FAFSA is available October 1. The WSU federal code is 002329. The FAFSA is required for all awards including Wayne Law scholarships. Note: Parental information is not required for law students.

  • Admission to the Law School is not required to submit the FAFSA. However, you must be admitted to the Law School before you will be considered for a financial aid award.

  • Monitor your WSU email. You will be notified via email if you have outstanding requirements to complete. Access Academica for  WSU email account activation instructions.

Award notification and acceptance

  • Review your award on Academica. Monitor your WSU email for an Estimated Award Letter Notification.

  • Accept or decline your award offers on Academica.

  • First-time Federal Direct Loan Borrowers: Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note at

  • If you need more funds than the amount offered in your award, consider a Federal Grad PLUS Loan.

Prior to disbursement of your aid

  • First-time aid applicants: Sign a federal financial aid (Title IV) authorization form.

  • Enroll at least halftime. At least halftime enrollment is required for most types of aid including Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Grad PLUS Loans.

  • Plan your budget to accommodate expenses prior to financial aid disbursement. The earliest financial aid can be applied to your tuition account is the week before the semester begins. 

  • If you are expecting a financial aid refund, consider signing up for direct deposit.

After your aid is disbursed

  • Contact the financial aid office if you are considering withdrawing from courses. Withdrawal may result in the loss of all or a portion of your financial aid.

  • Contact the Law School Office of Student Financial Aid if you have questions about your financial aid:  Law School, Suite 1215, telephone: (313) 577-5142.

  • Contact the Student Accounts Receivable Office for questions about your tuition charges, payments, or a refund: The Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren Ave., telephone: 313-577-3653.

  • Pay at the Cashier's Office University charges not covered by your financial aid award: The Welcome Center, 42 W. Warren Ave., Room 217,  telephone: 313-577-3650.