Aid process

Applying for aid

The financial aid office determines your awards based on the information that you supply on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

File the 2022-23 FAFSA

  • Apply early for maximum aid consideration.
  • Use the Wayne State University Federal School Code: 002329

After your FAFSA is submitted, respond to e-mail requests for follow up:

  • You will be notified via e-mail to your WSU AccessID account if additional documents are required.
  • You will be directed to Academia to view your financial aid status and accept your aid offer.
  • You may contact the WSU School of Medicine Information Systems Help Desk at 313-577-1527 for technical assistance with WSU Academica login.

Financial aid eligibility requirements

To receive federal, state or institutional funds at Wayne State University, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Have a high school diploma, GED, or high school education in a home school setting
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid for educational purposes on the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled at least halftime.
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Make satisfactory academic progress as a student attending Wayne State University School of Medicine
    • Medical students who do not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards will be placed on financial aid probation and must submit the SAP Appeal Form to be considered for continued financial aid eligibility.
  • Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and that you do not owe money on a federal student grant.
  • Be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program of study. An eligible program leads to a degree or a certificate. Guest students are not eligible to receive financial aid funds.

Parental data is not required on the FAFSA

Medical students are not required to provide parental data on the FAFSA. Only students who wish to apply for the Primary Care Loans and Loans to Disadvantaged Students need to provide parental data to be considered for these need-based loans. Medical students will be considered for need-based scholarships without providing parental tax information.

Use IRS Data Retrieval

You are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval option to file your FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval tool will immediately upload tax data to the student section (and/or the parent section) of the FAFSA.


If the federal processor selects your FAFSA for the verification process and you completed a federal tax return and used the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you will not be asked to submit additional tax documents.

If you completed a federal tax return but did not use the IRS Data Retrieval tool, you will be required to obtain an official IRS Tax Return Transcript

  • IRS Tax Return Transcripts must be requested directly from the IRS at
  • Submit your verification documents as soon as possible, and make sure that you have signed where necessary.
  • The verification process must be complete before financial aid eligibility can be determined.

Your required Verification Forms are listed in Academica.

FAFSA help

FAFSA on the Web Live Help is available via chat, email, or telephone at

General information about the FAFSA and financial aid is available on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators website under "Students, Parents, & Counselors."

Check your aid status

To view your aid status, as well as the forms required for completion of verification at WSU, login to Academica.

  1. Select the "Student Resources" under the WSU Resources tab.
  2. Select "Financial Aid."
  3. Select the "Financial Aid Portal."

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Using a need analysis formula set by Congress, the U.S. Department of Education uses the information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). It is calculated from student income and asset information.

Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance represents an estimate of the costs to attend medical school for an academic year. These costs include tuition and fees, books and supplies, and an allowance for housing expenses, transportation, health care costs, and personal expenses. Only costs for the student are included. Expenses of family members are not included.

Your actual costs will vary depending on your choices of housing and other expenses, the Estimated Cost of Attendance provides estimated averages which can help you calculate financial aid eligibility.

All MD students – non-need-based aid

Non-need-based aid includes merit scholarships, Federal Grad PLUS Loans, Private Educational Loans, and other resources. To determine eligibility for non-need-based aid, the financial aid office subtracts the amount of all need-based aid, including the Board of Governors MD Scholarship, from the Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA). The sum of all aid from all sources cannot exceed the estimated cost of attendance.

Estimated Cost of Attendance
– Need-based aid
= Eligibility for non-need-based aid

Other resources

Other resources may affect your eligibility for aid. When the financial aid office is notified that you have received other resources, other aid may be reduced or canceled according to federal regulations and policies. If the aid has already been paid to your account when the notification is received, the paid aid may be reduced or canceled before the other resources are applied. Other resources include the following:

  • Scholarships and grants
  • Stipends
  • Reimbursement or payment of educational costs by a third party (e.g., an employer or other agency)