WSU grants

You must file the FAFSA by March 1, 2018, to be considered for these need-based awards. Awards will be given until funding is exhausted. These awards are offered to eligible freshmen and transfer students who are admitted and begin attending in the fall semester.

WSU grant renewal criteria

Wayne Access 

Wayne State is committed to helping students cover the cost of tuition and fees in combination with federal, state and other institutional aid. As a Wayne Access recipient, you will receive scholarship or grant funding up to the full cost of tuition and standard fees and will not have any out-of-pocket expenses for these costs.

Award for new freshmen - fall 2018

  • Funding from Wayne Access will cover up to the full cost of tuition and standard fees (matriculation, registration and student service fees) at the in-state rate minus federal, state and other university-based aid. 
  • This award is renewable for up to four years, with the option to apply for a fifth year, provided you are on track to graduate

Eligibility requirements

  • Incoming freshmen who demonstrate need as determined by the FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-5000 will automatically be considered for this award
  • WSU must receive your 2018-19 FAFSA by March 1, 2018. Awards will be given until funding is exhausted.
  • Funding is for fall and winter semesters and is disbursed only to students who attend full-time.
  • The sum of all aid received cannot exceed your financial aid cost of attendance (COA).
  • Must be admitted to WSU by December 1, 2017

To retain eligibility

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and winter semesters
  • Pass at least 24 credits per academic year
  • Meet with your academic advisor each semester to remain on track for graduation
  • File your FAFSA each year, continuing to demonstrate need with an EFC between 0-5000.
  • If you earn a bachelor's degree in less than four years, the award will terminate at that time.

Wayne Access FAQs


Wayne State Promise Award

The WSU Promise Award aims to help incoming freshmen stay on track to graduate within four years.

Award for new freshmen - fall 2018

  • The Promise Award is up to $3,000 for up to four consecutive years, beginning the semester of admission.
  • This award is renewable for up to four years, with the option to apply for a fifth year, provided you are on track to graduate

Award requirements

  • Incoming freshmen who demonstrate need as determined by the FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 5001-9000 will automatically be considered for this award
  • WSU must receive your 2018-19 FAFSA by March 1, 2018. Awards will be given until funding is exhausted.
  • This award is for fall and winter semesters and is disbursed only to students who attend full-time.
  • The sum of all aid received cannot exceed your financial aid cost of attendance (COA).
  • This is a need-based award that may be reduced or cancelled if you are receiving merit, talent or endowed scholarship awards.

To retain the award

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and winter semesters
  • Pass at least 24 credits per academic year
  • If you earn a bachelor's degree in less than four years, the award will terminate at that time.
  • File your FAFSA each year, continuing to demonstrate need with an EFC between 5001-9000.

Current award recipients

Students admitted as freshmen before Fall 2018 must meet the following criteria to retain the Promise Grant award:

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and winter semesters
  • Complete at least 24 credits per academic year
  • If you earn a bachelor's degree in less than four years, the award will terminate at that time.
  • Students admitted before Fall 2018 must file the FAFSA each year, continuing to demonstrate need with an EFC between 5001-9000.
  • Students admitted before Fall 2017 must file the FAFSA each year, continuing to demonstrate need with an EFC between 0-8000. 

Award for new community college transfer students - fall 2018

  • The Promise Award is up to $3,000 for up to two consecutive years, beginning the semester of admission.
  • This award is renewable for up to two years, with the option to apply for a third year, provided you are on track to graduate

Award requirements

  • This award is available to qualified incoming transfer students who are currently enrolled at a community college. Students who were enrolled at a community college within one of the two semesters prior to their anticipated starting term at Wayne State University are also eligible.
  • Students who demonstrate need as determined by the FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0-6000 will automatically be considered for this award
  • WSU must receive your 2018-19 FAFSA by March 1, 2018. Awards will be given until funding is exhausted.
  • This award is for fall and winter semesters and is disbursed only to students who attend full-time.
  • The sum of all aid received cannot exceed your financial aid cost of attendance (COA).
  • This is a need-based award that may be reduced or cancelled if you are receiving merit, talent or endowed scholarship awards.

To retain the award

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Maintain full-time enrollment during the fall and winter semesters
  • Pass at least 24 credits per academic year
  • If you earn a bachelor's degree in less than two years, the award will terminate at that time.
  • File your FAFSA each year, continuing to demonstrate need with an EFC between 0-6000.