Tuition pledge programs

The Wayne State University tuition pledge programs make college more affordable. Students who qualify for these programs enjoy zero out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and standard fees, for up to four years of full-time study.  

Tuition pledge programs include the Wayne Access Tuition Pledge, Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge and the Born to Be a Warrior Tuition Pledge.


Wayne Access Tuition Pledge 

The Wayne Access Tuition Pledge is available to students who demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As a Wayne Access program recipient, you will receive scholarship or grant funding up to the full cost of tuition and standard fees at the in-state rate. 

Award for new freshmen - fall 2021

  • Funding through the Wayne Access Program will cover up to the full cost of tuition and standard fees (matriculation, registration, and student service fees) at the in-state rate. This subtracts federal, state, and other WSU scholarships and grants.  
  • 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.
  • Funding is for fall and winter semesters and is disbursed only to students who attend full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester).
  • The sum of all aid received cannot exceed your financial aid cost of attendance (COA).
  • WSU must receive your 2021-22 FAFSA by May 1, 2021. Awards will be given until funding is exhausted.
  • Must be admitted to WSU by May 1, 2021.

To retain eligibility

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours each semester) during the fall and winter semesters
  • Pass at least 30 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

Temporary change in renewal criteria: We are temporarily waiving the requirements to pass a certain number of credit hours in the 2020-21 academic year in order to retain the award for 2021-22. In order to remain eligible for your award you must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards. SAP standards include earning a cumulative 2.0 GPA and completing 67% of all attempted coursework in your degree program. The FAFSA requirement still applies.


Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge

The Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge offers free tuition for students of Detroit high schools graduating in 2020 or Detroit residents earning a high school diploma in 2020. Students will have zero out-of-pocket expenses for tuition and standard fees for up to four years of full-time study.

Completion of the FAFSA is required, but financial need as a result is not required to receive the award. If any student struggles with completion of the FAFSA, they should reach out to the Office of Student Financial Aid to speak with a financial aid officer.

If you don't have a Social Security Number (SSN) you will not be able to complete the FAFSA online and will need to submit a signed paper FAFSA to our office with this cover sheet.  

We are waiving the RaiseMe requirement for 2021-22, but we encourage you to join to earn micro-scholarships by completing student success activities.

Award for new freshmen - fall 2021

  • Funding through the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge will cover up to the full cost of tuition and standard fees (matriculation, registration and student service fees) minus federal, state and other WSU scholarships and grants. 
  • 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

To be eligible for the Heart of Detroit Tuition Pledge, students must:

  • Live in the city of Detroit (verified by mailing address) and graduate from high school in 2020 or after
    OR 
    graduate from any Detroit high school (public, private, charter, parochial, home school or GED program) in 2020 or after.
  • Be admitted to Wayne State University as a first-time, full-time freshman in fall 2021 or after.
  • WSU must receive your 2021-22 FAFSA by May 1, 2021. Awards will be given until funding is exhausted.
  • Must be admitted to WSU by May 1, 2021.

To retain eligibility

  • Meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours each semester) during the fall and winter semesters
  • Pass at least 30 credits per academic year
  • Submit an updated FAFSA by March 1 for the next academic year.

Heart of Detroit 

Temporary change in renewal criteria: We are temporarily waiving the requirements to pass a certain number of credit hours in the 2020-21 academic year in order to retain the award for 2021-22. In order to remain eligible for your award you must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards. SAP standards include earning a cumulative 2.0 GPA and completing 67% of all attempted coursework in your degree program. The FAFSA requirement still applies.


Born to Be a Warrior Tuition Pledge

The Born to Be a Warrior Tuition Pledge is a merit award for eligible children of full-time Wayne State employees and will ensure all tuition and standard fees are covered for up to four years of undergraduate study. 

All incoming freshmen, transfer students and current undergraduates who meet the award requirements and submit the application will be considered for this award. Completion of the FAFSA is required, but financial need as a result is not required to receive the award. International students will also be considered for this award. Only citizens of the United States and eligible non-citizens need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Award 

  • Funding from this award will cover the full cost of tuition and standard fees (matriculation, registration and student service fees) minus federal grants, state scholarships and grants, dependent tuition benefits and other university scholarships and grants. 
  • 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.
    • Current students who were admitted as freshmen may be considered for an award that will end four years after their first semester at WSU. Students who were admitted as transfer students may be considered for an award that will end two years after their first semester at WSU.

Eligibility requirements for an award beginning in 2021-22

Complete the 2021-22 Born to Be a Warrior Scholarship application form available on our forms website. 

  • The student must be the child or stepchild of a current full-time Wayne State University employee. The child does NOT have to be an IRS dependent of the WSU employee.
  • Freshmen must have a 3.5 high school GPA at the time of admission.
  • Transfer students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA from their current college or university and a 3.5 high school GPA at the time they graduated from high school.
  • The scholarship is for undergraduates who do not have a bachelor's degree.
  • This award is disbursed during the fall and winter semesters to students who attend full-time (12 or more credit hours)
  • Complete the annual FAFSA.
  • In addition to the above criteria, current students must have a cumulative WSU GPA of at least 3.0.
  • The WSU employee parent must apply and qualify for Spouse/Child Tuition Benefits.

Submit copies of all transcripts to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Wayne State University
P.O. Box 02759
Detroit, MI 48202

You also may be able to order your transcripts online.

To retain eligibility

Once you receive your award, you may continue to receive the scholarship if you meet other requirements; this is the case even if your parent is no longer employed at WSU. 

Temporary change in renewal criteria: We are temporarily waiving the requirements to pass a certain number of credit hours in the 2020-21 academic year in order to retain the award for 2021-22. In order to remain eligible for your award you must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards. SAP standards include earning a cumulative 2.0 GPA and completing 67% of all attempted coursework in your degree program. The FAFSA requirement still applies.

Employee Tuition Assistance Application or Spouse/Child Tuition Benefit Application

WSU Scholarship Policies

Apply for admission