Tuition and fees
The Registration Fee is charged every semester. Any student registering after priority registration is charged a $35 registration fee if completed before the start of classes and $70 if completed after the start of classes (applies to initial registration only). Please refer to the Academic and Registration Calendar for specific tuition cancellation dates.
Lower and upper division class rankings are determined according to the number of credits an undergraduate student has completed. The classifications are:
Freshman: 0 to 28.99 credits, inclusive
Sophomore: 29 to 55.99 credits, inclusive
Junior: 56 to 87.99 credits, inclusive
Senior: 88 credits and above
Course material fees
Courses listed as having special fees require payment of the fee in addition to tuition. The fee may be cancelled when the course is officially dropped within the tuition cancellation period. For more information, contact the department offering the course.
Course material fees (CMF) are assessed on a flat-rate, course-by-course basis for courses that have per-student expenses that directly support learning in the classroom (e.g., laboratory supplies and studio art supplies). In some cases, CMF will be assessed for remote classes where the course materials can be used remotely. For classes being taught online due to the COVID-19 pandemic that will not be able to use these supplies, the course material fees have been temporarily waived.
Students must drop classes online through Academica. If a student has a hold and needs help dropping the class, they should send an email request from their Wayne State account to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email must be sent within the tuition cancellation period and include all applicable class information. Please refer to the Registration Calendar for the specific tuition cancellation dates.
Great Lakes Tuition Discount - Good Neighbor Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
Great Lakes Tuition Policy - undergraduate students only
Undergraduate students who reside in a state or Canadian province that borders on a Great Lake will be eligible to pay a rate that is equal to 110% of the Michigan resident rate.
Good Neighbor Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
Graduate/professional students who are residents of Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa and Williams counties in Ohio, or residents of Ontario, Canada who enroll at Wayne State University in eligible academic programs are assessed the equivalent of resident tuition rates. Academic programs which are excluded from this benefit are the School of Medicine MD program and the Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Student Service Fee
The Student Service Fee is used primarily to maintain, upgrade and replace student computing and technology resources on campus. A small portion is also used to fund, and enhance programs directed toward improving on-campus activities, including athletics. The Student Service Fee is assessed to all students. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees Rate Chart for the current semester's rate.
Student services fees are assessed on a per-credit-hour basis and are used to support the infrastructure of programs and services that enhance student services, including learning and student life. Some programs and services have been curtailed during the pandemic, such as Athletics programs and the Mort Harris Recreation and Fitness Center. While their infrastructure costs are still accrued, the costs of these services is, indeed, lower. Others — including student activities and programs hosted by the Dean of Students Office — are adapting programming to more remote offerings. Additionally, it should be noted that many of the services supported by this fee have experienced significantly increased costs during the pandemic, including the supplies and services of Computing and Information Technology to support remote learning, the Campus Health Center, and Public Safety. Funds generated from this fee may be reallocated to cover those increased costs. There is no COVID-related reduction or waiver of these fees at the present time.
Spring/Summer Tuition Break
Attending class year-round not only makes graduation arrive sooner but also helps students save money. This award allows undergraduate students to qualify for a 30 percent tuition discount toward spring-summer classes.
More information about this award is available on the Financial Aid website.
Final evaluation of eligibility will be determined when winter grades have been submitted. Post-bachelor students may qualify if they meet requirements.
Qualifying for in-state tuition
Wondering if you qualify for in-state tuition at WSU? There are three ways to establish eligibility:
1. Residence in the state of Michigan
If you have established residency in the state of Michigan for purposes that are unrelated to education and have been in the state for more than six months prior to the start of a term, you may qualify for in-state tuition on the basis of Michigan residence.
2. Attendance at a Michigan high school
If you graduated from a Michigan high school (or earned a GED) after having attended for at least three years and enrolling at WSU within 28 months after graduation or GED completion, you are eligible for in-state tuition. You don’t need to be a legal resident of Michigan or a citizen of the United States to qualify for in-state tuition on this basis.
3. Military service status
If you are serving in the U.S. military and stationed in Michigan, you and your dependents are eligible for in-state tuition. Veterans and their dependents also are eligible for in-state tuition. Beginning fall 2018, students in active military service receive a 50% tuition discount. Please contact the Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence
Current rules and regulations regarding the in-state tuition policy can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Rules and regulations are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Governors. The university reserves the right to correct errors in a student’s classification at any time.
Challenging in-state classification
After enrolling, you may challenge the initial classification made by the Office of Admissions by filing an Application for Residence Classification (PDF). See the form for deadlines and directions. Call Records and Registration at 313- 577-8193 with questions.
Great Lakes Award
Undergraduate students who are residents of a state or province bordering a Great Lake will enjoy an award that reduces the out-of-state tuition rate. Great Lakes Award recipients will receive the benefit of the Michigan resident tuition rate plus 10 percent. Degree-seeking students from Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Ontario are eligible to receive this award.
Graduate students who are residents of designated areas in Ohio and Ontario may be eligible for Wayne State’s Good Neighbor Policy.
New undergraduate freshman and transfer students will pay a $250 Matriculation Fee.
Employee and dependent tuition benefits
Please refer to the Total Compensation and Wellness website for complete details.
Billing and Payment Dates
Please refer to the Cashier's Office website for current Billing and Payment Dates
Residency for tuition purposes
Current rules and regulations regarding the residency policy can be found in the University Bulletin and are attached to the Application for Residency Classification. The rules and regulations are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Governors, and the university reserves the right to correct errors in a student's residency classification at any time. After enrolling, a student may challenge the initial classification made by the Office of Admissions by filing an Application for Residency Classification with Registration and Scheduling. Applications for Residence Classification must be received by:
- Sept. 30 for the fall semester and the medical year semester
Jan. 31 for the winter semester
July 31 for the spring/summer semester
Deadlines falling on weekends will be extended to the next business day. Applications received after these dates will be processed for the following semester. Please contact Records and Registration at 313-577-8193 for additional information.
Senior Citizen Reduced Tuition (excludes law, M.D. and doctor of pharmacy programs)
Students 60 years of age or older on the first day of classes for the semester are entitled to a 75 percent reduction of the regular tuition rate. Students are responsible for the entire amount of the Registration Fee, Fitness Center Fee, Student Service Fees and any class-related fees. Eligible students must submit proof of age (e.g., copy of Michigan driver's license or birth certificate) to Records and Registration located at 5057 Woodward, 5th Floor, Detroit, 48202. The document can also be faxed to 313-577-7870. Please include name and AccessID number. If additional information is needed, contact the Student Service Center at 313-577-2100 or by email to email@example.com.
Student Financial Obligation for Payment of Tuition and Fees
By completing registration for a semester, students become financially responsible for payment of all applicable fees by the published due date(s). Payments not received by the due date(s) are subject to collection, attorney and litigation costs. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their electronic bill (eBill) and billing and payment dates.
Additionally, accounts must be current to maintain enrollment eligibility and to receive official university documents and services. If you require additional information, please contact the Student Accounts Receivable Office website or at 313-577-2100.
Numerous alternatives for tuition and fee payments are provided for students' convenience. Please refer to the Student Accounts Receivable Office website for complete details.
- Late payment fees
Delinquent Prior Semester Term Balances
Students who register for classes owing a prior semester balance are subject to course cancellation if payment in full is not received by the last day of the semester for which the balance is due. Personal checks are not accepted for prior term balances. Payment must be made by cash, certified check or money order.
Tuition and Fee Rates
Students are assessed tuition each semester based on their college, level, year in school, academic program, residency and credit hours. Please refer to the Tuition and Fee Chart for a complete listing of the current term's rates.
A Tuition Calculator is available to help students determine their tuition and fees for a particular semester. The tool is easy to use and only requires four student-type specifications.
Students with questions concerning their tuition and fee assessment may contact Records and Registration at 313-577-2100, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition and Fee Regulations
In conformity with the basic tuition and fee schedule adopted by the Board of Governors, the university president has authorized Tuition and Fee Regulations superseding all previous regulations concerning tuition and fees. Questions concerning Tuition and Fee Regulations should be referred to Kurt Kruschinska, University Registrar, at 313-577-2100 or at email@example.com.
Tuition Cancellation Dates
Tuition and fees may be cancelled in accordance with the following schedule when students officially drop from classes.
- Classes meeting fewer than four weeks: Students who officially withdraw from scheduled classes before the first day of classes are entitled to a 100 percent tuition cancellation and no refund thereafter.
Classes meeting four to eight weeks: Students who officially withdraw from scheduled classes before the second week of classes are entitled to a 100 percent tuition cancellation and no refund 0% thereafter.
Classes meeting nine to 15 weeks: Students who officially withdraw from scheduled classes before the 3rdthird week of classes are entitled to a 100 percent tuition cancellation and no refund thereafter.
Classes meeting 16-27 weeks: Students who officially withdraw from scheduled classes before the fourth week of classes are entitled to a 100 percent tuition cancellation and no refund thereafter.
Classes meeting 28 or more weeks: Students who officially withdraw from scheduled classes before the seventh week of classes are entitled to a 100 percent tuition cancellation and no refun thereafter.
Students are contractually liable for tuition unless they take official action during the tuition cancellation period to drop classes. Please refer to the Registration Calendar for the specific tuition cancellation dates.
Questions concerning registration or assessment should be directed to Records and Registration at 313-577-2100. Classes for which a grade has been earned may not be dropped.
Financial aid recipients should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 313-577-2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org before processing an official drop to determine the effect of this action upon their financial aid.
Cancellations are computed on tuition assessed. The amount cancelled will be credited to the student's account. If this results in an overpayment, a refund may be requested from Student Accounts Receivable by calling 313-577-2100. If the credit is not sufficient to cover the outstanding balance, the student is responsible for the remainder and must pay in accordance with the billing and payment dates to avoid late payment fees.
Tuition Cancellation Special Adjustments
The university registrar is authorized to make adjustments in the application of the tuition and fee assessments and enrollment policies when unusual circumstances warrant. Circumstances that may warrant special tuition cancellation include serious illness or death of an immediate family member, or misadvisement by a university representative. Tuition cannot be cancelled for reasons such as changes in work schedule, other employment demands or reasons that are within the student's control. Non-attendance by itself is not an acceptable reason for not dropping in a timely manner.
The university's Non-Attendance Policy allows tuition cancellation only for students in their first semester at Wayne State University. Instructors for all courses must verify the student did not attend classes after the tuition cancellation deadline. This policy is designed to provide relief to students who in their first semester at Wayne State may not be familiar with the University's Tuition Cancellation Policy.
A medical withdrawal is a complete withdrawal from all courses. For approved requests, the University Medical Withdrawal Policy will grant 100 percent tuition and fee cancellation if a student stops attending all classes before the end of the 10th week of the scheduled class meeting period in a full fall/winter term. Written documentation must confirm that medical attention was provided during this time period. For medical withdrawals occurring during the 11th or 12th week, tuition cancellation will be granted at the rate of 60 percent. There is no tuition cancellation after the 12th week of the semester. These periods are adjusted proportionally for courses that do not run the full semester. Students are required to submit a Request for Medical Withdrawal application, including medical reports from the attending physician(s).
All special adjustment requests must be received by the Registrar's Office by:
Winter semester - July 1
Spring/summer semester - Nov. 1
Fall semesterTerm - March 1
If the deadline falls on a weekend, it will be extended to the next business day. Applications must be received by the filing deadline; exceptions are not granted. Please contact Records and Registration at 313-577-8193 for additional information.
Financial aid recipients should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 313-577-2100 or email@example.com before submitting an application to determine the effect of this action upon their financial aid.