How financial aid is determined

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.

2023-24 FAFSA   Apply for 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 late fall 2023 - June 30, 2025, use your 2022 income/tax information

The FAFSA is a requirement, in order for us to determine your eligibility for federal aid, which includes federal student loans.

Required reading Accepting your awards

We determine your eligibility for federal aid based on the information that you supplied on the FAFSA.

How financial aid is determined

Law 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

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.

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 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. 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).

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.