Withdrawals and return of funds

Cancellation of unearned aid - a federal requirement

If you withdraw from all of your courses, you may be required to repay a portion of your aid to the university. 

  • We are required to determine the amount of aid you have earned based on the last day you attended. 
  • When aid is canceled, it is removed from your student account, creating a bill you must pay WSU.


Spring or summer session withdrawals

If you withdraw from all courses in any summer session, and do not indicate your intent to attend courses, we are required to calculate an amount of financial aid to return to federal programs. This may leave you with a balance owed to the university.

Official withdrawals

Information about dropping courses is available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Official withdrawals include medical withdrawals, exceptions to enrollment appeals and any student who has been administratively withdrawn or expelled.

Unofficial withdrawals

Non-Attendance, by itself, is not an acceptable reason for not dropping a class in a timely manner.

If you do not receive ANY "earned" grades you are considered unofficially withdrawn for purposes of determining your eligibility for aid. We are required to assume you stopped attending your courses prior to the end of the term.

This includes any combination of the following grades for all courses for the semester:

W,WP,WF, N, UNC, U, NR, NC, NCR, E, F or I

If we have confirmation from your instructors of a last date of attendance,  we will calculate your earned aid based on the latest date. If your instructors indicate you did not attend any courses, all of your aid will be canceled. 

Return of funds requirement

Completely withdrawing from ALL classes can negatively affect your eligibility to keep a portion or all of the financial aid funds. Withdrawing (officially or unofficially) could result in having to repay all or a portion of the financial aid back to Wayne State University. You can officially withdraw from classes through Academica. If you stop attending classes, you will be considered unofficially withdrawn.

You are encouraged to meet with your professors, academic advisor and utilize the tutorial services available before withdrawing from WSU. We strongly encourage you to meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss the effect on your financial aid of withdrawing from all classes, before making the decision to withdraw.

If you officially or unofficially withdraw from WSU prior to completing 60% of the semester, the aid you received will be returned in the following order:

  1. Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan
  2. Federal Stafford Subsidized Loan
  3. Federal Perkins Loan
  4. Federal PLUS Loan
  5. Federal PELL Grant
  6. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  7. Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
  8. Science and Mathematics to Retain Talent Grant (SMART)
  9. Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

Withdrawals and Return of Title IV policy

WSU will return unearned funds back to the aid program and the student will be responsible for any balance this creates. If you have questions about paying your WSU account balance, please contact the Student Account Receivables Office.